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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month 2017

Welcome from the Library of Congress

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.

2017 Event Highlights

June 2

Film Screening – Paris is Burning (1990) – [R]
The film explores the complex subculture of fashion shows and vogue dance competitions among black and Hispanic gay men, drag queens and transgender women in Manhattan.

June 7

Discussion Panel – Youth, Gender and Law
The Law Library of Congress presents “Youth, Gender and Law”, a panel discussion on the American Bar Association’s “Homeless Youth and the Law” initiative.

June 8-10

Treasures Display: 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.

June 9

LGBTQ+ Oral History Workshop
The Library of Congress Veterans History Project hosts a workshop designed to give attendees hands-on training, teaching the skills and tools necessary to conduct oral histories.

June 28

This event has been postponed. A new date will be posted here when available.
Book Talk – How to Survive a Plague by David France
David France, author of How to Survive a Plague and creator of the 2012 Academy Award-nominated film of the same title, discusses his telling of the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S.

Recent Acquisitions

The Rare Book and Special Collections Division acquired numerous titles in 2017 that are of interest to the LBGT community.

Download the list (PDF, 1.3MB)

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