Monday, June 01, 2015

June is GLBT Book Month and LGBT Pride Month

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month is in June. The American Library Association, through its GLBT Roundtable, will mark June as the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Book Month.

The GLBT book month is a national celebration of authors and of writing that describe the lives within the LGBT community.  GLBT Book month is an initiative of the American Library Association, and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

The American Library Association supports GLBT literature through the Stonewall Book Awards. These awards recognize the very best in literature and a resource to build quality GLBT collections.

Remember Stonewall. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month commemorates the events of June 1969 and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBT Americans. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected.

On June 2, 2000, President Clinton issued for Gay and Lesbian Pride Month:
This June, recognizing the joys and sorrows that the gay and lesbian movement has witnessed and the work that remains to be done, we observe Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and celebrate the progress we have made in creating a society more inclusive and accepting of gays and lesbians.

Please check out the library's LGBT Pride Month libguide. The guide has links to the Stonewall awards, the National Park Service LGBT sites, selected websites, books and more.

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