Coming Out!

October 10th, 2011

October 11 is National Coming Out Day.  This celebration was founded in 1988, just one year after the 1987 Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.  By marching on Washington the LGBT community and allies were hoping to establish the following:  legal recognition of gay and lesbian relationships; an increase in funding for AIDS research, education, and care; and an end to discrimination of people with HIV and AIDS, amongst many other agenda items.

 All of October is observed as LGBT History Month, and starting October 17th the library will be recognizing this with a display on prominent LGBT literary figures like Virginia Woolf, Langston Hughes, and Maurice Sendak. 

 Woolf Hughes Sendak

To help you explore the topic we have created libguides that conveniently organize a variety of resources:

 http://iue.libguides.com/LGBTQS is where you can access LGBT books, articles, and websites.  As well as a list of LGBT terms, an “It Gets Better” video, and more!

 http://iue.libguides.com/diversityinfilm is where you can access articles on diverse subjects in film, and specifically links to the library catalog list of Gender & Sexuality films and trailers.

 Currently the library owns the following films in the Gender & Sexuality genre:

  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Bullied: A student, a school, and a case that made history
  • Kinky Boots
  • The Laramie Project
  • To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
  • Torch Song Trilogy
  • Ma Vie en Rose: My Life in Pink
  • XXY

 LGTQ movies

 In the words of Harvey Milk, “Hope will never be silent.”   We hope that through education comes understanding and from understanding comes acceptance.