Ersi Sotiropoulos’s What’s Left of the Night wins translation award

At its annual conference in Rochester, the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) named its National Translation Award winners for 2019, as the United States market’s “only national award for translated fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction that includes a rigorous examination of both the source text and its relation to the finished English work.” Translater Emmerich […]

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Run for the Rainbow RT Executive Board! – Candidate Biographical Form now open!

Nominations to run for ALA Council, committees, divisions, sections and yes, Round Tables in the 2020 ALA Elections in the spring will be accepted  through December 4, 2019. Link to fill out if you are interested in running: https://divrt.directnominations.net/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2F Rainbow RT Executive Board openings are: Chair-Elect Secretary Directors-at-large Rainbow Roundtable Leadership Responsibilities: https://connect.ala.org/communities-old/community-home/librarydocuments/viewdocument?DocumentKey=11754BE2-9006-48A8-97B0-57DE569F08C7

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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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Gender, Sexuality, and the APA 7th Edition

In a post from the APA 6th Edition blog from November 16, 2015, Chelsea Lee responds to a query about the singular they: “It’s possible that APA might directly endorse the singular they in the future, but that decision lies in the hands of the task forces and committees that craft and approve the Publication […]

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Intersex Awareness Day, October 26, 2019

In 1996 a group of people rallied to demonstrate outside of the American Academy of Pediatrics conference in Boston, Massachusetts. It had become too much to have doctors approving non-consensual surgeries on children and discrediting the realities and feelings of those born with intersex traits. The road has been long and rocky for this community, […]

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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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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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Kristie Escobar selected for YALSA’s Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award

GLBTRT member Kristie Escobar, a third-year doctoral student at FSU’s School of Information, was awarded the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award. See the full announcement from Florida State University at the link below. https://news.cci.fsu.edu/cci-news/cci-in-the-news/kristie-escobar-selected-for-yalsas-doctoral-dissertation-fellowship-award/

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Writer Hilary Sloin dies at her home in Ashfield, Massachusetts

Essayist, playwright and novelist Hilary Sloin died on June 11, 2019 at her home in Ashfield, Massachusetts of an apparent suicide.   She studied creative writing at Marlboro College and received a graduate degree in playwriting from NYU.  She was 55 years old and a co-owner Stray Dog Antiques.  In 2014, Sloin’s only complete novel, Art on Fire, received the Stonewall-Barbara Gittings Literature Award from the […]

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