Veterans History Project Event. Breaking the Silence: Our Military Stories (Whittall Pavilion, LJ-WH, 12pm) This panel discussion will focus on such topics as the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) repeal and experiences, the current status of LGBT equality in the U.S. military, Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 as it relates to military families, and the current ban of transgender service members. Panelists will include Kristin Beck, the first openly transgender former Navy SEAL and Brigadier General Tammy Smith (U.S. Army Reserve), the first openly-gay Flag Officer.
LGBT Poetry Celebration (LJ-119, 12pm) This inaugural event will feature readings by established and emerging gay and lesbian poets Joan Larkin, Kamilah Aisha Moon, D. A. Powell, and Dan Vera, as well as featuring a display of the Library's rare LGBT materials. Book sales and a signing will follow. Presented by the Library of Congress Poetry & Literature Center in partnership with Capital Pride. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Rare Books and Special Collections Division.
LC-GLOBE Founders Panel & 20th Anniversary Celebration (Law Library Multimedia Room, LM-240, 12pm) 20 years ago, a brave group of employees came together to found the first LGBT organization at the Library of Congress. Join us for a panel discussion featuring four founding members of LC- GLOBE as we explore its founding in 1994, its evolution through the years, and its future. Presented by LC-GLOBE in association with the Office of Opportunity, Inclusiveness, and Compliance.
LGBT Rare Book Open House (Rosenwald Room, LJ-205, 3-4:30pm) Please join us for an exclusive exhibit of recently-acquired LGBT materials in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, including materials supported by LC-GLOBE’s LGBT Rare Book Fund. Free reception to follow. Presented by LC-GLOBE and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
Film Screening: All the Way through Evening & Conversation with Pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe (Pickford Theater; LM-302, 12pm) Every year, exuberant “70-something” East Village concert pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe performs a breathtaking concert of works by her friends, all composers, who were lost to the silent killer of New York City. The award winning musical documentary All the Way through Evening chronicles the era when the HIV/AIDS pandemic swept through a downtown arts community and ravaged the world. Accompanied by the moving music written by those departed, the film recalls this tragedy with candid interviews from friends, family and the lovers that survived it. Directed by Australian Rohan Spong, this engaging and poignant documentary charts Mimi's struggle as she prepares for the concert, and is a true testament to the strength of friendship and the power of music. Presented by LC-GLOBE.