Welcome! LGBT @ Your Library is a project that we are putting together as part of a presentation for the 2012 YA Literature Symposium (titled “The Invisible Minority: LGBT Teens and Their Literature”). Here you’ll find book reviews of both fiction and non-fiction books that somehow address or incorporate LGBT themes, either directly or indirectly. The end result is hopefully a useful compendium of information about an often neglected segment of the young adult population in our libraries.
While there isn’t the stigma attached to LGBT teen fiction that there once was, we believe that we often collect the books that speak to this topic, but we don’t do so as purposefully as we could and we don’t take the time to promote them the way that we could. Take a look at your collection, especially if you’re at a smaller library. Do you have any LGBT titles? Just a few? Do you every display them or face them out on purpose? Do you ever plan programming around these titles? Our titles comes from the idea that sexual orientation is a kind of “invisible” diversity. We don’t recognize these members of our communities as being different from the majority, and that sometimes makes it more imperative that we find ways to include them.
Display and potential programming ideas will also be incorporated into various posts throughout this project. The culmination of this research will be a presentation at YALSA’s YA Lit Symposium in November 2012. We hope you’ll stop by our panel and join in the discussion!