The Library of Congress is the largest single repository of world knowledge in a single place. In addition to having the mission of acquiring and preserving this exponentially growing body of knowledge, the Library of Congress is responsible for making all of its vast collection accessible to all.
The Library’s numerous collections contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The contributions of members of the LGBT community are preserved as part of our nation’s history, and include noted artistic works, musical compositions, and contemporary novels. The Library’s American collections range from the iconic poetry of Walt Whitman through the manuscripts of the founder of LGBT activism in Washington, D.C., Frank Kameny. The Library’s month-long celebration demonstrates how Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans have strengthened our country, by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill.
The legacy of LGBT individuals is being discovered by interested readers and seasoned researchers perusing unparalleled global collections. The acquisition of historic material and the ongoing program of copyright deposits will continue to enrich the Library’s holdings of LGBT materials.
James H. Billington
Librarian of Congress
2015 Event Highlights
Lecture and Panel Discussion
Sylvester & Orphanos: Our Odyssey and LGBT Publishing
The Library of Congress is hosting a lecture by Stathis Orphanos of Sylvester & Orphanos publishers of Los Angeles. From 1976 to 2005, Sylvester & Orphanos published 25 fine editions, culminating with their landmark work: Tsarouchis, the Face of Modern Greece, a tribute to the beloved Greek artist.
(Montpelier Room, LM-619, 1:00—4:00pm)
The Rare Book and Special Collections Division acquired numerous titles in 2015 that are of interest to the LBGT community.
Download the list (PDF, 2MB)