Emory Libraries resources for LGBTQ+ History Month 

October has always heralded celebration in Atlanta, with the crisp autumnal air signaling the start of the city’s many neighborhood festivals. One key October celebration that we take note of at Emory Libraries is LGBTQ+ History Month, which acknowledges the history making contributions of LGBTQ+ people in our society. Started by Missouri high school teacher Read More …

Celebrating diversity through literature: the Lambda Literary Awards exhibit 

This October, Emory’s Woodruff Library has curated a small book display dedicated to celebrating the Lambda Literary Awards. This captivating collection showcases an array of outstanding LGBTQ+ literature recognized for its exceptional contribution to the literary landscape. Our exhibit features everything from diverse and creative novels that challenge social norms, poetry that explores the intricacies Read More …

Implementing Homosaurus at Emory

This summer, following the submission of my dissertation, I had the opportunity to work as a graduate intern implementing Homosaurus, the LGBTQ+-focused controlled vocabulary, into Emory’s library collection. I was able to see firsthand how cataloging and curation can be useful in the fight against such political violence – and how cataloging can be an Read More …

Emory Libraries incorporates Homosaurus vocabulary in the library catalog

Historically, the classification and cataloging of LGBTQ+ materials in libraries has been less than inclusive. While the overriding desire of Emory catalogers is to make your resources relevant and representative – as well as easy to find – we have been restricted by a traditional approach that can sometimes feel limited, or even biased. Fortunately, Read More …

LGBTQ+ History Month 

October is LGBTQ+ History Month. The month, originally LGBT History Month, was founded in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, an openly gay high school teacher in Missouri. You may be wondering, doesn’t the LGBTQ+ community celebrate Pride in June? Yes, however, celebrating can happen more than once a year. October was chosen as the history month Read More …

Notable LGBTQ streaming video titles for Pride Month at Emory Libraries

Emory Libraries is pleased to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month in June. This month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, when a raid against the Stonewall Inn, a local gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York City, resulted in an act of mass resistance that exploded into a protest of thousands. While Read More …

Rose Library opens Pride Month with exhibit on queer pulp fiction

The Rose Library is kicking off Pride Month with a new exhibit, “Forbidden Loves and Secret Lusts: Selections from the Golden Age of Queer Pulp Fiction,” featuring queer pulp novels from its collections. Pulp novels—paperback books printed on cheap paper and distributed at magazine stands and drug stores—revolutionized the way that America read in the Read More …

LGBTQ+ materials and Homosaurus

They/them. She/her. He/him. We use these terms (and plenty of others) to tell others how we should be recognized. Doing so allows us to express ourselves and signal to others both how we think about ourselves and how we would like them to think about us. In the library, terms used to describe materials are Read More …

Librarians, banned books, and social justice

  I want to start off with a personal anecdote. I grew up in an area that was predominantly white, Christian, and politically conservative in a Buddhist family and as a gay, mixed-race individual. When you grow up with people who in many ways not only are not like you, but who dislike or even Read More …

Emory Libraries is proud to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month!

Every June, we take the opportunity to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ members of our community. Pride is about lifting each other up, honoring our long struggle for equality, and recommitting ourselves to the fight against all forms of oppression that still exist.  This year, in honor of the Tokyo Olympics beginning this summer, we wanted to call attention Read More …

LGBTQ+ History Month: Centering Black Queer Histories

Happy LGBTQ+ History Month! This month, Emory Libraries is celebrating the experiences and histories of Black queer folks. Too often, the queer experience is reduced to the histories of white, cisgender men, leaving out other voices. The resources we have highlighted for this month, divided into Individual and Personal Perspectives and Academic and Ethnographic Perspectives, Read More …

Queer Punks and Radicals: LGBTQ+ Pride Month

As June 2020 draws to a close, it may in retrospect become one of the most notorious LGBTQ+ Pride Months yet. Already jolted by a pandemic’s effects on community gatherings, the sobering groundswell of activism in response to race-based oppression and violence has layered additional complexity atop this purported celebration. The added contradiction of legal Read More …