Posted 10/04/2022  |  Back

As part of the campus-wide celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month this October, the Library is a proud sponsor of a number of events and exhibits. All events and exhibitions are open to the public.

EVENTS:

Author Talk: Lev AC Rosen (Virtual)

When: Wednesday, October 12, 7PM

Where: Google Link: meet.google.com/hpb-jbey-pgr  

(In-person viewing will be held in Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Hall)

Join us for a casual conversation and Q&A with best selling author Lev Rosen.

Rosen's first YA novel, Jack of Hearts (and other parts), was a targeted in several school districts for removal from school libraries due to the sexually explicit content, especially due to the themes of gay sex and queerness that are openly discussed through out the book.

We will discuss the experience of having a book targeted as well as other aspects of writing gay and queer-themed literature, especially the historical aspects of Rosen's newest book, Lavender House, which will be coming out this month. 

This event was made possible by the Newman Center Trust.

Drag Queen Story Hour (In-Person)

When: Wednesday, October 19, 4PM 

Where: Library, 1st Floor

Join us for our first ever Drag Queen Story Hour in the Library! The Drag Queen Story Hour is a program that was initially developed for young children to raise awareness of gender diversity, promote self-acceptance through literature. We are excited to host local performer Nikita LeFemme, who will read from a selection of children's picture books. All ages are welcome! 

EXHIBITS:

Journey to Equality: The History of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement Poster Exhibit 

October 2022 - June 2023

This exhibit, featured on the windows on the Library's first floor, chronicles the history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. A total of 25 panels features historical photos and information from the 1940s through the 2000s. The features materials from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries, the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world.

The posters provide a timeline of events documenting growth of the gay civil rights movement, including the Stonewall riots and the fight to remove homosexuality as a mental illness, to the impact of the AIDS epidemic, to rise of LGBT student organizations and the fight for marriage equality. 

The exhibit will be on display through Pride Month, June 2023.

LGBTQ+ History Book Display

Learn about and celebrate the many achievements of the LGBTQ+ community through our physical and digital book displays. The physcial book display is located across from the Public Services Desk on the Library's first floor. The digital display that features a selection of from our e-book collection can be accessed at fitchburgstate.libguides.com/Ebookshelf_LGBTQ

 

Be sure to check out all of the LGBTQ+ History Month events across campus! See more at https://www.fitchburgstate.edu/student-support/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/lgbtq-history-month