May 26, 2017 (REVISED June 28, 2017) Library Presents Pride Pop-Up Exhibit

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The Library of Congress announces “Pride in the Library,” a pop-up display that will feature items from the Library’s extensive LGBTQ+ collections and will be on view June 8-10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in addition to a series of special related programs. The display is free and open to the public. Free tickets are only required for the film screening. Tickets for the screening will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on May 26 at this site.

Themes in the display include the printed word, international studies, military life, activism, HIV/AIDS, and entertainment. Visitors can see Leonard Bernstein’s music manuscripts and view original panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, presented in association with the NAMES Project and conceived by AIDS activist Cleve Jones in 1985.

Many of the Library’s collections contain books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about and for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The Library’s collection items range from the iconic poetry of Walt Whitman to the manuscripts of the founder of LGBTQ+ activism in Washington, D.C., Frank Kameny. The Library’s month-long observance will also feature a film screening, workshop and book talk. Collection resources can be explored via the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month portal at The programming is presented in association with Capital Pride and LC-GLOBE during D.C. Pride Week.

Patrons can join the observance by following on Twitter at @librarycongress and using the hashtag #LCPride.

The complete list of programming includes:

Film Screening

Friday, June 2
7 p.m., Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building
"Paris Is Burning” (Miramax, 1990, R-rated *)
An American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston that explores the complex subculture of fashion shows and vogue dance competitions in the 1980s among black and Hispanic gay men, drag queens and transgender women in Manhattan. Presented by the Library of Congress Music Division, in association with Capital Pride and LC-GLOBE.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian

Free, tickets available starting 10 a.m. May 26 at

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, June 7
Noon, Law Library of Congress, second floor, Madison Building
“Youth, Gender and Law”
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Member, U.S. House of Representatives (NY-18)
Jane Sánchez, Law Librarian of Congress
Linda Britton, director, Commission on Youth at Risk, American Bar Association
Mónica Palacio, director, District of Columbia Office of Human Rights
The Law Library of Congress presents a panel discussion on the American Bar Association’s “Homeless Youth and the Law Initiative,” lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth civil-rights protections and the United Nations’ consultations with homeless youth.

Free, no tickets required. Visit for more information.


Friday, June 9
Noon, LJ-139 B, first floor, Jefferson Building
LGBTQ+ Oral-History Workshop

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project hosts a workshop designed to give attendees hands-on training, teaching the skills necessary to conduct oral histories. This session is centered on LGBTQ+ veterans’ and service-member narratives. However, anyone interested in learning oral-history recordation techniques is encouraged to attend. Presented by the Library of Congress Veterans History Project at the American Folklife Center, in association with Capital Pride and LC-GLOBE.

Free, no tickets required. Visit for more information.


June 8-10
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., LJ 113 & LJ 119, first floor, Jefferson Building
Pride in the Library: LGBTQ+ Voices in the Library of Congress Collections
A three-day display of treasures from the Library of Congress collections, showcasing the work of LGBTQ+ creators, historical figures, and LGBTQ+ life. Presented in association with Capital Pride.

Free, no tickets required. Visit for more information.

Book Talk

Wednesday, June 28- POSTPONED
Noon Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building
David France on “How to Survive a Plague”
David France, author of “How to Survive a Plague” and creator of the 2016 Academy Award-nominated film of the same title, discusses his telling of the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, and confronted with shame and hatred, this small group of men and women chose to fight for their right to live by educating themselves and demanding to become full partners in the race for effective treatments. Around the globe, 16 million people are alive today thanks to their efforts. The New York Times describes the book as “an extraordinary new account of the AIDS epidemic.” Book-signing to follow. Presented by the Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division, in association with Capital Pride and LC-GLOBE.

Free, no tickets required. Visit for more information.

“Pride in the Library” is made possible through private contributions to the Library of Congress. Learn how to support free programs at the Library at

The Capital Pride Alliance, located in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBTQ community and its partners through educational events, entertainment, community outreach, and celebrations of diversity throughout the year. Each June, Capital Pride produces the annual Celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital, one of the largest pride celebrations in the country, which includes the pride parade, festival, and concert.

LC-GLOBE is a Library of Congress staff organization that serves as an educational, recreational and cultural forum for Library of Congress LGBTQ+ employees and their friends. LC-GLOBE endeavors to provide information to assist in eliminating prejudice and discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals and communities, educate Library of Congress employees at all levels about issues of concern to their LGBTQ+ colleagues, children, relatives and friends, provide information upon request that would facilitate good professional work relationships among Library employees of all gender identities and sexual orientations, serve as a resource, as appropriate, in support of efforts by the Library of Congress and labor organizations to identify and amend existing discriminatory policies or practices, conduct or support educational, cultural or professional programs and activities that are of interest to LGBTQ+ employees of the Library and their friends and coordinate a fund for LGBTQ+ rare books. Additionally, the LGBTQ+ Studies Group meets to discuss strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for LGBTQ+ collections and materials at the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at, and register creative works of authorship at


PR 17-076
ISSN 0731-3527