Libraries celebrate June as GLBT Book Month™

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/22/2018

Contact:

Briana Jarnagin

Member Services Assistant

ODLOS

American Library Association

800-545-2433, ext. 3275

bjarnagin@ala.org

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2018 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the GLBT experience.

The celebration is consistent with ALA’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. It also recognizes the significant contributions of GLBT authors.

Originally established in the early 1990s by The Publishing Triangle as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month, GLBT Book Month™ is held annually in June and honors the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.  GLBT Book Month™ is coordinated through the ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

The ALA supports GLBT literature through the Stonewall Book Awards, as well as the book lists of Rainbow Books and Over the Rainbow Books. These awards not only recognize the very best in contemporary literature, but also provide a foundation for quality GLBT collections in our nation’s libraries.

In addition, ALA, through its Office for Intellectual Freedom, has also tracked attempts to censor books with LGBT content.

For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/news/glbt-book-month-press-kit