Tagged LGBTQ

Partner Spotlight: Independence Business Alliance

Here at the Business Resource & Innovation Center , we are lucky to work with some amazing organizations who are dedicated to growing Philadelphia’s small business community. This month, we are excited to highlight the…

Curious about the Free Library of Pride's #30DaysofGay?

In an informal conversation with Marianne Banbor, Branch Head of the Independence Library , and Sara Palmer, Children’s Librarian at the Ramonita G. de Rodríguez Library , I asked them to share their behind-the-scenes…

Beauty and the Beast Retellings

Excited for the new live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast ? Me too... kind of? Maybe? I hope it will be amazing? Either way, good or bad, at least we'll always have all kinds of different literary retellings of the Beauty and…

Love is Love

Looking for something heartfelt and inspiring to read while supporting a worthy cause this Valentine's Day? Check out Love is Love , a 162-page graphic novel from IDW Publishing and DC Comics , honoring the victims, supporting the…

Happy Birthday, Louise Fitzhugh!

Louise Fitzhugh is perhaps best known for her novel Harriet the Spy , published in 1964 and lauded today as a classic children’s fiction work. Both written and illustrated by Fitzhugh, Harriet tells the story of an aspiring…

Graphic Novel Memoirs

I love a graphic novel—and even better I love a graphic novel memoir . There is something so much more intimate about reading the words AND pictures when someone shares her story. Or maybe I’m just a slower reader when it…

Free Library in the News: August 17-21, 2015

Donald Root: Beyond the Bookshelves at Free Library Epgn.com Donald Root, Chief of Central Public Services Division, talks about his life, appreciation for libraries, and all the great things happening at the Free Library!  …

Caldecott, Newbery, Belpre, Oh My!

Last weekend in Chicago, a room full of children's and teen librarians erupted in cheers, gasps, and wild applause for the newest batch of books chosen for the Youth Media Awards, administered by the American Library…

Celebrate Pride Month and the Barbara Gittings GLBTQ Collection

In celebration of GLBTQ Pride Month, the Independence Library , 18 South 7th Street, will host a casual dessert and coffee social on Friday, June 28 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Our library is the home of the Barbara Gittings GLBTQ…

The Free Library Says, “It Gets Better!”

So many of us have been distressed by the recent suicides of teens bullied for being or seeming gay.  Here’s what the Free Library staff have done to help show that things can change. We have booklists, weblinks and so much…

Teen Suicide and Anti-LGBT Bullying

What would you do if someone secretly set up your webcam to record you in private , and then streamed that video over the internet? What would you do if you couldn’t walk to school at the same time as everybody else because every…

Transgender Experiences in Literature

AJ Young will discuss transgender experiences in literature, and address key questions such as: What counts as transgender literature? What kinds of stories does trans literature tell? Where can I start reading if I want to know more…

Drag Show

June is LGBT Pride Month! To celebrate, join us for an evening of drag performances! Doors open at 5:30pm. The show is from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Teens! Want to perform? Contact  TeenCentral@freelibrary.org to sign up. This program is…

Pride Month Storytime

Celebrate the 30 Days of Gay with a children’s storytime filled with LGBTQ and diversity themed stories. Check out our “Out of the Closet Books” display after storytime.

Archives curator Bob Skiba presents the John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives

The John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives at the William Way LGBT Community Center is the go-to place for all things Philadelphia gay history. Archivist Bob Skiba gives us a close up look at the collection. #30DaysofGay

Drag Queen Storytime!

WHat could be more fabulous than having some favorite fairytales and other stories read by an actual Queen?  A drag queen in this case.  This special storytime is for kids of all ages.

Speaker Mark Segal - LGBTQ Activism Discussion

Mark Segal is the president of the National Gay Newspaper Guild and the publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News. He will speak about his book, And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality as part of Philadelphia’s…

Queer Family Storytime

In  honor of Pride Month and #30DaysofGay, a diverse storytime for all ages featuring books with feminist and lgbtq themes, families, and situations. Join librarian Joel Nichols for 45 minutes of books, songs, activities, and more!…

Remembering GALA Visual Arts: eighteen years of local LGBTQ artist's exhibitions

Join us for this informative presentation with digital images celebrating local LGBTQ artists’ wide-ranging points of view. A retrospective account of eighteen seasons of GALA Visual Arts ’ sometimes provocative but always…


The Rainbow Experience: Radio Podcasting and Youth Making Media internship is premiering all three of their podcasts that talk about the problems LGBTQ+ youth face in today's society. Student interns from The Attic Youth Center will…

Gender Identity Workshop for Kids

“Learn about gender, gender identity, and gender expression with a story, video, activity and discussion with a transgender friend of our library!”

PROUD TO BE YOU AND ME--We are family!!

Join us for Rainbow Story Time. Celebrate families and gender diversity through stories, songs and a "make-and-take"  rainbow craft! We all read and sing with the same voices and joyful hearts!!

Building Our Legacy: Creating a Civil Rights Movement among LGBT People of Color

Discussion presented by The Colours Organization, www.coloursorganization.org

Lady Valor: the Kristin Beck Story

This documentary is about Kristin Beck, who, after 20 years of service as a U.S. Navy SEAL, began to live her life truthfully as a transgender woman.  While many supported her, others expressed their bigotry.  Kristin has…

Reading Out Loud

A reading of selections from the works of LGBTQ writers.  Join us in front of the Barbara Gittings Gay/Lesbian Collection. #30DaysofGay

Breast Health Information for All

A  representative from the Linda Creed Breast Cancer organization will give an informative presentation on breast health for all, including the LGBT community. “The mission of Linda Creed Breast Cancer.org is to fight breast…

Pride Month Movie Screening

You are invited to a screening of “Philadelphia” the 1993 film which was one of the first mainstream films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia.  Light refreshments will be served.

Teen Sexual Health Series

Join us for a teen sexual health series with Philadelphia FIGHT's Y-HEP program: HIV/AIDS 101 | Thursday, April 6th | 4:30pm STI Information for Teens |Tuesday, May 11th | 4:30pm LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency| Tuesday, June 6th|…

Read-Aloud: Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman and Be Who You Are by Todd Parr & Rainbow Mobile Craft followed by make your own rainbow…..water ice.

 Children ages 6 thru 12 are invited to this story time and craft event celebrating diversity and  the symbolism represented in the many colors of the rainbow.

Attic Youth Presents “Early Messages,” and “The Power of Words, Micro-Aggression.”

For 7th and 8th grade middle school students, two programs on the importance of words. Pre-registration required. Please call librarian Jeanne Hamann for more information.

Pizza Party with Attic Youth Center

The Attic Youth Center will hold a discussion on the topic of how we can create safe spaces for LGBTQ students in the classroom, and at our libraries.  Discussion will focus on gaining a greater understanding of, and empathy…

LGBTQ Young Adult Books

Books featuring LGBTQ protagonists within YA fiction that is diverse and accessible to all readers, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity may be.

LGBTQ Middle Grade Books

Books featuring LGBTQ characters and voices within children's fiction.

LGBTQ Picture Books

Books for children of LGBTQ parents, or for little brothers and sisters of LGBTQ teens. Revised 4/2017

LGBTQ Teens - Resources for Parents and Families

Resources for Parents and Families of LGBTQ Teens.

LGBTQ Teens - Nonfiction

Information on bullying, safety, coming out, and other important topics relevant to LGBTQ teens.

LGBTQ - Film and Television

LGBTQ Documentaries, Film, and Television

LGBTQ - Nonfiction

A selection of informational nonfiction titles.

LGBTQ - Biographies and Autobiographies

Biographies and Autobiographies of important and influential members of LGBTQ community.

John Waters | Make Trouble

In conversation with Jason Freeman “A greater National Treasure than 90 percent of the people who are given ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ ( The Washington Post ), filmmaker, actor, and writer John Waters was also lovingly described as “The…

Caitlyn Jenner | The Secrets of My Life

In conversation with Buzz Bissinger , Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of four books, including The New York Times bestsellers 3 Nights in August and Friday Night Lights . Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is…

Roxane Gay | Difficult Women

Roxane Gay’s “commanding debut” ( The New Yorker ) novel An Untamed State , the tale of a willful Haitian kidnap victim, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of the acclaimed essay collection…

Camille Paglia | Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

“At once outrageous and compelling, fanatical and brilliant” ( The Washington Post ), Camille Paglia is the author of the 700-page seminal discourse on paganism, sex, and art, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily…

Cory Booker | United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good

The former popular and transformative mayor of Newark, Cory Booker is currently the junior United States senator from New Jersey. During his time as mayor he earned a national reputation for hands-on involvement in public service,…


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer resources and support, emphasizing the diversity of sexual and gender identity-based cultures. Other resources include information on bullying, safety, and coming out; books and resources…