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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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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NYPL Staff Share Meaningful LGBTQIA+ Books

Yesterday (June 3, 2019), the blog from the New York Public Library shared a beautiful post highlighting eight of their staff members and books that were, “a transformative part of their LGBTQ experience.” Check out their post, in honor of pride month, at the link below! https://www.nypl.org/blog/2019/06/03/lgbtq-journeys

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LGBTQIA+ World News

China’s not planning to allow same-sex marriage; Gay sex is still illegal in Kenya; LGBT community services are funded by an Orthodox mayor in Jerusalem. China signals won’t follow Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage Kenya court upholds ban on gay sex in major setback for activists Jerusalem to approve budget for LGBT nonprofit despite Orthodox […]

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LGBTQIA+ US News

Acquatics Competition brings international LGBTQ+ athletes to New York City to join historic WorldPride and Stonewall 50 celebration The 25th International LGBTQ+ Aquatics (IGLA) Championships will bring 1500 swimmers to New York City in June 2019.  The event will coincide with the WorldPride and Stonewall 50 celebrations, marking the global impact of New York City’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer […]

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Personnel Shakeup follows Drag Queen Story Hour in SC

Drag Queen Story Hours continue to gain in both popularity and controversy across the nation. Three branch managers are no longer employed with the Greenville County Library System after a successful story time in February. The event was put on by a local group, unaffiliated with the library, which used the library’s space in accordance […]

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A Tribute to Hector Xtravaganza

Hector Xtravaganza died from lymphoma on Dec. 30 at the age of 53. Friends, colleagues and family gathered on Saturday March 9, 2019 at  El Museo del Barrio to pay tribute to Hector. Hector was an original member of the House of Xtravaganza, and was also known as a community activist, dancer, designer, and mentor.  Mayor Bill […]

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