Friday, February 17, 2017

LGBT History Month

Display at Firth Park library for #lgbthistorymonth 

February marks LGBT History Month in the UK.  Sheffield City Council, along with many other organisations across the country, is taking this opportunity to celebrate the history, lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in the UK and beyond.
As part of this month-long celebration, Sheffield Libraries is hosting an event on the life and times of Edward Carpenter , an openly gay Victorian socialist who lived locally and campaigned for the rights of Sheffield workers. This free talk by local historian Suzanne Bingham takes place at 18.30 on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 in the Carpenter Room, Central Library, and tickets can be booked here.
We also have LGBT History Month displays in Firth Park Library and Central Library which showcase a small portion of our LGBTQ* collections.

Below, we provide a selection of recent titles purchased for the collection, as well as some useful links to LGBTQ* organisations in Sheffield.

New titles
The Good Son by Paul McVeigh
Winner of the Polari First Book Prize, 2016
Sugar and Snails by Anne Goodwin
Different for Girls by Jacquie Lawrence
Physical by Andrew McMillan
God in Pink by Namir Hasan
Lambda Literary Award winner for gay fiction, 2016
Life in a Box is a Pretty Life by Dawn Lundy Martin
Lambda Literary Award winner for lesbian poetry, 2016
Crevasse by Nicholas Wong
Lambda Literary Award winner for gay poetry, 2016
Tarnished Gold by Ann Aptaker
Lambda Literary Award winner for lesbian mystery, 2016
Making a Comeback by Julie Blair
Lambda Literary Award winner for lesbian romance, 2016
When Skies Have Fallen by Debbie McGowan
Lambda Literary Award winner for gay romance, 2016
George by Alex Gino
Lambda Literary Award winner for children’s/YA, 2016; Stonewall book award winner in children’s category, 2016
The Gods of Tango by Carolina De Robertis
Stonewall book award winner for literature, 2016
For Your Own Good by Leah Horlick
Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett
Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain, edited by Kate Harrad
Mr Oliver’s Object of Desire by V. G. Lee
Straight Jacket: How to be Gay and Happy by Matthew Todd
The Black Path by Paul Burston
Blowing the Lid: Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens by Stuart Feather

For further reading suggestions, we recommend following the excellent @LGBTQReads twitter account! We also welcome your suggestions for items that we should purchase for the collection.

Useful links
LGBT Sheffield
A community-led LGBT organisation in Sheffield
A youth group and support service for LGBT young people aged 12-17
Out of Office
An LGBT network organising bi-monthly social events
Sheffield Pinknic
A free yearly outdoor event
Pride Sheffield
Sheffield’s annual Pride celebration
Andro & Eve
Queer events promoters
Sheffield Bi Social
A social organisation for bi/pansexual people
A Yorkshire-wide support group for trans people assigned female at birth
A free and confidential weekly drop-in sexual health service for gay and bisexual men