Exploring LGBT Themes in YA Lit & Everyday Library Life


October is LGBT History Month and a perfect time to showcase your LGBT collection and show that your library and collection value all types of diversity.

Background (from LGBT History Month):

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month.

Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association, and other national organizations. In 2006, Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.

Find a way to celebrate this diversity at your library! Plan a book discussion group around an LGBT title. Invite an author who writes about LGBT characters or is LGBTQ to come and speak. Plan a program that talks about services for teens and opens discussion. Make book lists. Plan displays. Make a bookmark. As with any special programming, it can be as involved as you want it to be, but take advantage of the opportunity to showcase this part of your collection!

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