Helpful Resources for Supporting Your LGBTQ Community

This is only a selection of resources that might be helpful when looking at ways to support the LGBTQ community. ONLINE AND ELECTRONIC RESOURCES Archives of Sexuality and Gender Offers the largest collection of materials available to support the study of gender and sexuality, providing library patrons with unparalleled access to primary sources for information, … Read more

Supporting LGBTQ People—in the Library and the Community

Public libraries are committed to reflecting the diversity of their patrons via collections, programs, and services. The thousands of public libraries across the nation have the capacity to spark community conversations and actions that further understanding and address local needs. Serving and supporting LGBTQ patrons requires more than creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere and … Read more

A Community at Risk

LGBTQ Safe Space

According to UCLA’s Williams Institute, 4 percent of America’s population identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. That is approximately thirteen million people—a minority far too large to ignore—and this vast community is at risk. The need for libraries to provide safe havens for LGBTQ persons is made clear by these statistics showing that they … Read more

Promote Your Resources

Developing a strong LGBTQ collection is only the beginning. The library must seek out its audience and actively promote available resources, from print and digital resources to programming, education, and events. Bringing resources to those who need them is at the core of every library’s mission, but it is especially challenging with LGBTQ patrons, many … Read more

Libraries Are More Than Safe Spaces

Libraries Safe Space LGBTQ

A passion shared by librarians is the belief that libraries should be welcoming, free, and open to all while providing equitable service to their communities. Librarians recognize that these communities are typically made up of smaller, ancillary groups and librarians strive to develop services and collections tailored to meet the special needs of these groups. … Read more

Have Your LGBTQ Materials Been Challenged?

Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. Library Bill of Rights, Article I Libraries continue to face challenges from members of … Read more

Develop a Robust LGBTQ Collection

A library’s print, eBook, and digital resource collection will always be the bedrock upon which service to a particular community is built. Developing a robust LGBTQ collection draws on the same core principles that define all aspects of collection development: 1. A collection plan/selection policy tailored to the needs of the community (both the larger … Read more

Pride Parades throughout the Years: Celebration and Resistance

During LGBTQ Pride Month, we celebrate this community and the impact its members have had on local, national, and international history. Pride is celebrated each June in honor of the Stonewall Uprising, which took place in 1969 in Manhattan. Ever since Pride began as a single-day commemoration in 1970, marches and parades have been part … Read more

Traveling Through History with Gale

| By Mary Kelly | When I use the term databases while helping students and non-specialists at the reference desk, there is always a moment when a patron unfamiliar with the availability and scope of modern primary source databases, looks a bit wary at my enthusiasm for these electronic collections. Of course, serious researchers understand … Read more