LGB-T!: Transgender Materials at the Library

Recently, The Seattle Public Library tabled at the Gender Odyssey conference, the first time a library has been present at a major national conference for the trans community.

In preparation for the conference, John from the Capitol Hill branch assembled a number of lists to highlight some of the many trans materials we have in our collection, from teen fiction to fiction to memoirs to DVDs and streaming eVideos. Gender Odyssey conference attendees were surprised and delighted by what we had to offer!

We are bringing these wonderful lists with us to Banned! Books in Drag on Saturday, 9/27 at Neighbours Nightclub but wanted to share them here as well. Enjoy!

Transgender Young Adult & Teen Books

Transgender Fiction

Transgender Nonfiction

Transgender Memoirs & Biographies

Transgender Films on DVDs

Transgender Streaming eVideos

 

Romantic Wednesdays: LGBTQ

One of the things you’ll find at our upcoming Banned! Books in Drag event at Neighbours Nightclub on Saturday, 9/27 are lots of LGBTQ booklists. Among them will be lists of gay and lesbian romance.

Here are some hot gay and lesbian romances to try:

Lickin' LicenseLickin’ License by Intelligent Allah
This urban fiction lesbian story is a hot, steamy read.  Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: LGBTQ”

LGBTQ: Banned & Challenged Books

During Banned Books Week, we highlight the importance of the Freedom to Read. But what does that mean, exactly? While we welcome patron comments about materials in our collection, upholding intellectual freedom means we believe our collection should have something to please and offend everyone. That means a well-rounded collection should include materials that someone will find objectionable.

This year, the library’s Banned! Books in Drag program hosted by David Schmader at Neighbours Nightclub on Saturday, 9/27 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. is aimed at highlighting just how many books are challenged nation-wide every year because they contain LGBTQ content.

Here is a selection of titles that were challenged in libraries for their LGBTQ themes:

Click here to view Geography Club in the SPL catalogGeography Club by Brent Hartinger
Originally published in 2003, challenged in 2005 and 2009. Challenged in 2005 in Washington State: Withdrawn from the Curtis Junior High and Curtis Senior High school libraries after a University Place couple with children in both schools filed a written complaint. They wrote that the book could result in a “casual and loose approach to sex,” encourage use of Internet porn, and the physical meeting of people through chat rooms. Continue reading “LGBTQ: Banned & Challenged Books”