#TBT – Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20

In November of 1999, Gwendolyn Ann Smith organized what would become the first Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). Smith began the then-virtual TDoR project as a way to honor trans woman Rita Hester, who had been murdered in her Boston apartment in the winter of 1998. Now, nearly 20 years later, Transgender Day of Remembrance […]

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#TBT – National Coming Out Day

There are many ways LGBTQ+ persons have advocated for themselves throughout history, whether it be with friends or family, in the workplace, or on the political stage. One of the most personal forms of activism in and of itself has been “coming out”–revealing to the world through an act of self-disclosure that one identifies as […]

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LGBTQIA Scholarship Roundup for January 25, 2017

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By Emilia Marcyk Current scholarship and academic news addressing LGBTQ identities and concerns, of interest to librarians, educators, and information professionals. Publications Abate, Michelle Ann. “‘The Capitol Accent Is So Affected Almost Anything Sounds Funny in It’: The Hunger Games Trilogy, Queerness, and Paranoid Reading.” Journal of LGBT Youth 12.4 (2015): 397-418. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19361653.2015.1077768 In […]

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School Is In: Getting (and Keeping) LGBTQ Books in the Library

By Elizabeth Gartley June is GLBT Book Month! While I’m excited to take the time to celebrate LGBTQ literature in libraries, I still often find myself in the position of trying to get (and keep) LGBTQ books into school libraries so that they can be celebrated. From my own observations, schools and school libraries still […]

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Queer Quest 20 – Why I’m Not Mad At Deadpool

By Ashley R. Lierman Last fall, before the Deadpool movie came out, I reported on an interview where Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller confirmed that the movie would portray a pansexual Deadpool. At that time, it wasn’t clear what the character’s sexuality would have to do with the movie itself, and to a certain […]

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Current Scholarship Roundup: LGBTQ+ Conference in London and more

By Emilia R. Marcyk Scholarship and academic news that addresses LGBTQ identities and concerns, of interest to librarians and information professionals Publications Linley, Jodi L., et al. “Faculty as Sources of Support for LGBTQ College Students.” College Teaching 64.2 (2016): 55-63. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/87567555.2015.1078275Drawing from a national survey of LGBTQ college students, Linley et al identified […]

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The Little Gadfly: The terribly important issue of… toilets.

By A. Faulkner North Carolina’s HB2 has been all over the news the past few weeks.  Even with my less-than-stellar news habits, I couldn’t help but pick up strings of conversation.  I was confused though.  It all seemed to be boiling down to a debate about whether letting people self-select the silhouette with the skirt […]

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From the Chair: At the Table

By Peter D. Coyl Recently ALA has taken a stand on a number of pieces of legislation that affect the GLBT community including Georgia and North Carolina.  In the case of Georgia, the GLBTRT was invited to help draft and co-sign a letter with ALA President Sari Feldman and in the case of North Carolina, with […]

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