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.

Stonewall 50 in Newspapers

The Stonewall uprising was a series of six-day protests that began in the early morning of June 28, 1969, and centered around the Stonewall Inn, a gay tavern in New York City’s Greenwich Village on Christopher Street.  This particular event (also called the Stonewall rebellion or Stonewall riots), represents a turning point in the movement for […]

Alvin Ailey and the Black Experience

The following is a guest blog post from Dance Curator Libby Smigel and Howard University intern Jacquelyn Chin: The Music Division was selected to host one of the Library’s three spring internships from Howard University. Dance archivist Libby Smigel is working with Jacquelyn Chin on the Division’s Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation collection.  A senior psychology […]

Researcher Spotlight: Mary Claire Phillips

The following is a guest blog post by Mary Claire Phillips, a recent graduate of University of Texas at Austin. Phillips utilized Veterans History Project (VHP) collections in her journal article and honors thesis examining the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) servicewomen during World War II. Happy Pride! This month marks the […]

Embodying Bernstein: An Open Letter to Jake Gyllenhaal and Bradley Cooper from Daniel Callahan, Presenting “Bernstein Conducting Himself” This Tuesday, May 15

The following is a guest post from Dr. Daniel Callahan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at Boston College, who will be presenting the Spring 2018 American Musicological Society/Library of Congress lecture on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (tomorrow). The event is free and open to the public.   Dear Bradley Cooper and Jake Gyllenhaal, […]

#LCPride: Pop-Up Pride Exhibit!

DC dwellers and tourists should be aware that the Library of Congress is presenting “Pride in the Library,” a special pop-up exhibit that showcases items from the Library’s collections that feature LGBTQ+ creators and representations of LGBTQ+ life in America and around the world. Come to the Jefferson Building Friday and Saturday between 10 a.m. […]