American Library Association honors Ann K. Symons with 2013 Equality Award

The GLBTRT’s very own chair-elect has been honored by the ALA with the 2013 Equality Award. The award is given annually to an ALA member or group  “for outstanding contribution toward promoting equality in the library profession. The contribution may be either a sustained one or a single outstanding accomplishment.” The press release announcing the […]

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In Memoriam: LGBT Advocate Vernita Gray Dies at 65

Long-time LGBT advocate Vernita Gray has died at the age of 65. In the 1970s, she established the first lesbian newspaper in Chicago, The Lavender Woman, worked on her own poetry and other writing, and received writing and communications degrees from Columbia College Chicago. Her chapbook is called Sweet Sixteen. Gray also created a lesbian […]

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Meet John DeSantis!: An RT member profile by Tess Goldwasser

By Tess Goldwasser John has been involved with the GLBTRT since 1991, back when it was called the Gay and Lesbian Task Force and marched with them in 1992 at the pride parade in San Francisco. The resulting photo on the cover of American Libraries ignited an ongoing controversy with some ALA members claiming that […]

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Profile a Roundtable Member: Tess Goldwasser

By Tess Goldwasser Meet Tess Goldwasser! [Ed. Note: I talked Tess into writing her own profile. She is the amazing person who writes the people profiles!—Nel Ward] What is your role within the GLBTRT? I’m currently on the News committee. I compile all these lovely People Profiles! I recently shared chairing duties with KT Horning […]

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Wick Thomas Named as One of Library Journal’s 2014 “Movers and Shakers”

Wick Thomas—musician, librarian, activist, and GLBTRT member—has been named one of Library Journal’s 2014 “Movers and Shakers.” For 13 years LJ has profiled “50 or more up-and-coming individuals from around the world who are innovative, creative, and making a difference” in its March 15 issue. It’s not the first notice of Thomas: he won a Creating Change award from the National […]

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In Memoriam: Memorial for Doug Ireland to be Held This Week

A memorial for Doug Ireland–journalist, author, and LGBT activist—is Thursday, March 27, 2014 in the Proshansky Auditorium at the CUNY Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Ireland died on October 26, 2013 at the age of 67. For more information on his life, click here. Update: The memorial will be held at 6pm.  

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Profile a Roundtable Member: John “Mack” Freeman

By Tess Goldwasser Meet Mack Freeman! Mack, a member of the News Committee, recently redesigned GLBT News to the new weekly format and also serves as the Blog Administrator on the Web Committee. Starting in July, he will chair the News Committee and is looking for committee members. Interested GLBTRT members should contact him and […]

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Profile a Roundtable Member: Nel Ward

Meet Nel Ward! Nel is so amazing, I asked her to write her own profile, and here it is! Nel, tell us about yourself… Currently I chair the News Committee, responsible for the new GLBTRT blog, GLBT News (http://www.glbtrt.ala.org/news/). Last month, I finished my terms on Over the Rainbow, and when I leave the News […]

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Profile a Roundtable Member: David Gale

Meet David Gale! David is the Vice President, Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. He’s worked for S&S for over twenty years. His passion is finding new writers and helping them grow. A member of GLBTRT, he attends the socials and the Stonewall Book Awards brunch celebrations whenever he can. He […]

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Profile a Roundtable Member: Peter Hepburn

By Tess Goldwasser Meet Peter Hepburn! A second-term GLBTRT Councilor, Peter was recently elected to the ALA Council Executive Board, receiving the greatest number of votes from Council members to attain this position. In his professional life, he is most proud of his willingness to leave a large research university after earning tenure, having the […]

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