Blogs Category: LGBTQ

Gertrude "Ma" Rainey in Newspapers

This year’s celebration of Pride Month wrapped up this week and we wanted to highlight an important figure in the history of blues music whose story has often been overlooked. Gertrude “Ma” Rainey was hailed as the “Mother of the Blues” and was a bisexual Black singer who has and continues to inspire generations of musicians. […]

From the Serial Set: Pride in the Face of Prejudice

June commemorates LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+) Pride Month, recognizing the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969, which symbolizes the LGBTQ+ rights movement. In the decade prior, before Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé DeLarverie gained recognition for their activism, Frank Kameny’s LGBTQ+ activist work grew out of the period of […]

Copyright in Pride

June is Pride Month, and this year is the 50th anniversary of the first pride parade in New York City. What do copyright and pride have in common? Quite a bit, actually. Where would our celebrations, our heroes, and our increasing understanding of advocacy and allyship be without posters and speeches? Literature? Zines? Given that, […]

Pride at 50: From Stonewall to Today

May 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of annual LGBTQ+ Pride traditions. The first Pride march was in New York on June 28, 1970, on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The Library collections show how the march was planned and why activists felt so strongly that it should exist.