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June is GLBT Book Month

2018 June 19
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Since the early 1990s, June has been recognized as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month by many in the literary community and across the nation. And since 2015, the American Library Association has recognized June as GLBT Book Month, “a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.”

In recognition of GLBT Book Month, we’ve rounded up resources that libraries might find helpful or useful if planning GLBT Book Month activities either this month or next year.

Texas Library Exhibits/Observances/Resources:
Dallas Public Library’s 2018 LGBT Programming
Because Love is Love is Love. Mildred and Marguerite. – Houston Public Library honors the memory of a Houston couple with the unveiling of their archival collection during Pride month
Irving Public Library Pride Reads
McAllen Public Library Celebrates 3rd Annual Pride Month Programming
San Antonio Public Library’s PRIDE 2018 Programs & Events
Texas A&M University Libraries LGBTQ+ Resources
University of North Texas PRIDE: LGBTQ+ Resources & Support
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries – LGBTQIA Subject and Course Guides

National Library Exhibits/Observances/Resources:
LGBT Pride Month at the Library of Congress
Read with Pride: Celebrate LGBTQ Families and Youth – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
#RainbowReading 2018: Pride Month at NYPL
LGBTQIA Pride Month 2018 – San Francisco Public Library

Support Resources:
LGBT Pride Month Brings Extra Challenges for Librarians – This School Library Journal article provides suggestions to libraries who may be dealing with challenges regarding LGBT themed displays, exhibits and events.
Defend Pride at Your Library – written by Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom
Showing Up for LGBTQ+ Readers in June at the Library – a rural librarian from a small town on the importance of showing up for LGBTQ+ teens at the library
Open to All: Serving the GLBT Community in Your Library
– a toolkit created by ALA’s GLBT Round Table
GLBT Book Month Pinterest Board – Resources and examples of libraries that are celebrating GLBT Book Month, created by the American Library Association
Pride at the Library: LGBT Programming for All Ages – Archived recording of a webinar provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on June 5, 2018.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table of the Texas Library Association

Literary Resources:
GLBT Book Month – See “Book Awards and Bibliographies from ALA”
10 Books to Help You Read with Pride – Scholastic Library Journal
25 LGBTQAI+ Titles for Pride Month—and Onward – School Library Journal

Do you have any GLBT Book Month displays, activities or resource pages you would like to share this year? Tell us in the comments section.

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