Starting this year, the American Library Association will mark 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.
GLBT Book Month is coordinated through ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. To help libraries mark the occasion, ALA has launched the GLBT Book Month online resource center, featuring tipsheets and downloadable materials.
GLBT Book Month will culminate with many GLBT events and programs at ALA’s 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco. ALA will kick off its annual conference’s Opening General Session with speaker Roberta Kaplan, “superstar litigator” and adjunct professor at the Columbia Law School whose involvement in United States v. Windsor helped to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Other programs at Annual Conference will include a preconference on library outreach to GLBT people, sessions on curating the history of GLBT activism, the evolution and acceptance of collecting LGBT materials in libraries, use of GLBT materials in libraries, serving transgender patrons and the Stonewall Book Awards Program.
To show our support for GLBT Book Month, we’re sharing some of our new books that celebrate people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, in addition to our backlist favorites.