Puerto Rican Astrologer Walter Mercado Dies at 87

Walter Mercado was known and loved in the US and Latin America for his astrology readings and predictions.  He first became well known in Puerto Rico as an actor and dancer and moved to South Florida in the early 1990s.  There, he joined Univision and began a new career with new fame, delivering horoscopes, always […]

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Long Beach Library named after Billie Jean King

This is a bit of older news, but worth mentioning.  The city of Long Beach California opened a new downtown library and named it after Long Beach native, tennis player, and avid reader and community activist Billie Jean King. https://www.presstelegram.com/2019/09/21/long-beach-makes-it-official-its-the-billie-jean-king-main-library-now/

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Megan Drake interviewed for “BOUNDLESSRAINBOWLOVE” blog

This Italian blog is maintained by a community of bloggers in Italy. They cover LGBTQAI+ issues in Italy and around the world. This is a wonderful interview. Congratulations to Megan, and grazie molto to Katya Parente for the publication of this interview!  You can read the interview at this URL: https://boundlessrainbowlove.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/parla-con-katya-oggi-con-noi-la-rainbow-round-table-rrt/

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Now Accepting Nominations

The Rainbow Roundtable is now accepting nominations for the following awards. Membership in the Rainbow Roundtable is not a requirement. Rainbow RT Award for Political Activism- This award honors librarians, library related organizations (including libraries, library staff, library boards, library friends), and other individuals or groups (public or private) that have demonstrated excellence in the […]

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Indian LGBT workshop helps queer people bring parents ‘out of the closet’ on sexuality and gender

Prabal is an empowerment program for parents of LGBT children that focuses on gender, sexuality and understanding physical and mental health. It is intended for open-minded parents who can, in turn, educate other parents and become valuable queer allies https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-relationships/article/3024706/indian-lgbt-workshop-helps-queer-people-bring

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USC Libraries to digitize LGBT archives

The ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC, the world’s largest collection of LGBTQ materials in the world, will complete its archive of historical documents by November. ONE Archives, which is located on West Adams Boulevard, is the oldest existing LGBTQ organization in the United States and houses over two million items, including texts […]

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The National Book Foundation will award Edmund White with the 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

Best known for his portrayals of gay American life in both fiction and nonfiction, White’s body of work spans subject and genre, including a biography of French writer Jean Genet, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award; a trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and […]

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Lee Bennet Hopkins, 81, Poet With a Mission to Inspire Children

Lee Bennett Hopkins, passionate educator and prolific children’s poet and anthologist, died on August 8 in Cape Coral, Fla., following a hospitalization for COPD. He was 81. Many of Hopkins’s books have been celebrated over the years with distinctions and awards from the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the National Council of […]

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