LGBTQ

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 for parents and siblings; biographies of important LGBTQ figures in the community; and award-winning LGBTQ fiction.

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Links

  • BiUnity of Philadelphia
    The Philadelphia-area support network for bisexual people, their families, and friends.
  • Equality Advocates Pennsylvania
    Equality Advocates' mission is to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in Pennsylvania through direct legal services, education, and policy reform.
  • Equality Forum
    Equality Forum undertakes high-impact initiatives, produces documentary films, highlights LGBT history, and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights forum.
  • Gay Ogunquit
    For a quieter getaway, Ogunquit, Maine is an artsy resort village (located 66 miles north of Boston) that has been welcoming gay and lesbian visitors for over 100 years. The white sandy beaches are especially alluring in summer.
  • Giovanni's Room
    Giovanni's Room, one of the oldest and more highly regarded gay and lesbian bookstores in the country, hosts many author events and is a great meeting place.
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale
    If fun in the sun is your thing, you can't beat Fort Lauderdale, FL. America's top gay resort area has more than 30 gay-owned hotels plus dozens of gay bars. It has replaced Key West as the top gay mecca in Florida.
  • LGBTQ Video Game Archive
    A curated/researched collection of information of LGBTQ content in digital games from 1980s-present
  • LGBTQ+ Representation In Libraries
    Panels discusses LGBTQ+ representation In libraries, specifically when it comes to graphic novels and comics.
  • Only in San Francisco
    An all-in-one guide to San Francisco, CA. Find out where to stay, where to eat, and where to have fun—remember, it's all gay-friendly.
  • Out and About
    Out & About travel guides to dozens of cities worldwide are available now.
  • Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
    The website of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism has a section for "LGBT." Here you will find hotels, entertainment, and more. The Dinah Shore Women's Weekend held annually in March is not to be missed!
  • PFLAG Philadelphia
    An organization for the parents, families, and friends of lesbians and gays.
  • Philadelphia Gay News
    The online version of Philadelphia's only gay newspaper. The print version comes out every Friday and is free of charge.
  • Philly Gay Calendar
    Find out what's happening in Philadelphia's gay community along with a listing of local venues (bars, businesses, organizations, etc.)
  • Philly Pride Presents
    This volunteer organization brings us three "must see" events: Pride Day in June, Outfest in October, and Winter Pride in late winter.
  • Philly schools pass sweeping policy protecting transgender students
    "Without debate or comments from the public, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission adopted a policy on Thursday, June 16 that immediately allows transgender students to, among other things, be referred to by their pronoun of choice; use their bathroom of choice; and go out for the athletic team of their gender choice, either boys' or girls'."
  • Provincetown: The Gay and Lesbian Guide
    Provincetown, MA is on the tip of Cape Cod. Long an artists' mecca, it now ranks as a premiere gay and lesbian destination.
  • Provincetown: The Gay and Lesbian Guide
    Provincetown, MA is on the tip of Cape Cod. Long an artists' mecca, it now ranks as a premiere gay and lesbian destination.
  • Serving All Library Families in a Queer and Genderqueer Way
    There are excellent resources for librarians who want to improve their services to LGBTQ patrons, and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) collects, creates, and promotes professional resources, and, importantly, administers the Stonewall Book Awards and yearly booklists that share the most current materials.
  • Sister Space of the Delaware Valley
    One of the goals of Sister Space is to provide services and sponsor educational activities designed to foster positive self-image for lesbians.
  • The Colours Organization, Inc.
    The COLOURS Organization offers a safe and comfortable meeting place for sexual minorities of color in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.

LGBTQ+ Romance by explore

Fun and fabulous recent romances that feature LGBTQ+ heroes and heroines! There's everything here to make you smile (and maybe cry) complete with a guaranteed happy ending. Just a note: a significant majority of romances with gay male protagonists are actually written by women for a straight female audience.

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LGBTQ+ Fiction by explore

A selection of genre fiction featuring LGBTQ+ characters, including fantasy, historical, horror, paranormal, mystery, thrillers, science fiction, and more!

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LGBTQ Young Adult Books (97 items)

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 (19 items)

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

LGBTQ Picture Books (41 items)

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 (26 items)

Resources for Parents and Families of LGBTQ Teens.

LGBTQ Teens - Nonfiction (18 items)

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

LGBTQ - Film and Television (29 items)

LGBTQ Documentaries, Film, and Television

LGBTQ - Stonewall Book Awards (33 items)

The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience and include the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, the Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature award and the Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award.

LGBTQ - Nonfiction (19 items)

A selection of informational nonfiction titles.

LGBTQ - Biographies and Autobiographies (11 items)

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

Blog Posts

#ThrowbackThursday: Re-Reading Annie on My Mind

I don’t remember how I first heard about Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden , but what I do remember is that I immediately set out to get a copy by any means necessary. I was a 16-year-old with a debit card and access to the amazing…

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Great YA Road Trip Books for Pride Month!

It's pretty much summer time and I don't know about you, but in the summer, I get the urge to travel. However, being a grown up comes with the fact that you can't just up and take off whenever you want, so I like to make due…

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Celebrate Pride Month with Free Library!

We're free, we're proud, and we're fabulous here at the the Free Library! We're proud to celebrate Pride Month throughout June with a series of programming throughout our neighborhood libraries including health seminars,…

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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…

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Curious about the Free Library of Pride?

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!  …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

LGBTQ Teens