October is LGBT History Month! While some people might think queerness just sprung up in the early 2000s with the internet, we’ve been here a long time. Stonewall was nowhere near the beginning. Here are ways to discover more about the history of LGBTQ+ people in the United States and around the world!
So yes, this is obvious. The library has a lot of books, and some of them include LGBTQ+ people throughout history. Whether you like fiction or nonfiction, literary or genre, there are definitely a few books you can check out (or put on hold) that will tell their stories. Here are a few options to try:
Every year, some of the staff at Pima County Public Library participate in Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, and this year’s no different. The 2021 challenge included reading an LGBTQ+ history book, specifically focused on nonfiction. Here’s a list of books you can try!
A few highlights:
There are multiple ways you can watch films and television via the library, including DVDs and streaming, and many of them have content specifically about the LGBTQ+ community of the past and present. Kanopy has a whole category focused on LGBTQ Cinema, including:
Or check out a few documentaries about LGBTQ+ history:
Have you wandered through the selections available via IndieFlix and Qello Concerts? Available via the Libby app or on Libbyapp.com, you can explore some of the independent and classic films, concerts, and documentaries that highlight the modern history of LGBTQ+ people across the world.
And of course, explore what's available on DVD.
Attend Our Annual LGBTQ+ Author Talk
This year, scholar, author, and activist Lydia R. Otero will be joining the LGBTQ+ Services Committee and the Nuestras Raices team to talk about their books, La Calle and In the Shadows of the Freeway, both of which center Tucson. Tucsonense Otero grew up here and lives here still, and can speak to their perspective on queerness, Latinidad, and the ever changing ways the two intersect. Register to attend the virtual event today!
You can always find more ways to celebrate LGBT(Q+) History Month by visiting the official website, as well as stopping by the library’s LGBTQ+ page.
Happy October! Celebrate someone awesome.