Banned! Books in Drag is BACK

~by Misha 

Banned! Books in Drag is coming right up at Neighbours Nightclub on Saturday, September 26th from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. This free, 21+ event will feature an amazing array of local talent including Aleksa Manila, La Saveona Hunt, Charlie Menace, Robbie Turner, Atasha Manila and more. David Schmader will be the MC for the evening and artist Ellen Forney, the illustrator of last year’s most challenged book, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, will be making a special guest appearance. Continue reading “Banned! Books in Drag is BACK”

Romantic Wednesdays: Love for Friends

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! In order to shake things up a bit though I thought I would offer some books that focus on the bonds of friendship rather than romantic relationships. After all, friends are the ones who are there for you before, during and, if it doesn’t work out, after a relationship. You’ll find yourself in some good company with the following books.

Summer Rental in the Library catalogThe Quilter's Apprentice in the Library catalogFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe in the Library catalog

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Meet Drag King Ernie Von Schmaltz at Banned! Books in Drag

ernie von schmaltz

For our Banned! Books in Drag event at Neighbours Nightclub hosted by David Schmader this Saturday, Sept. 27 (6:30-9:00 p.m.), we asked Drag King Ernie Von Schmaltz, about his first LGBTQ book:

 

A pivotal LGBTQ book I remember reading and re-reading is Leslie Fienberg’s Stone Butch Blues.  I first read it 10+ years ago when I was starting to be more interested in LGBTQ literature. As I read, it struck me as such a harsh piece of work, the character in the story goes through such horrific things in order to survive, just for being visibly butch and/or gay.  But in the same way it was startling in its harshness, it was also so eye opening to realize that even though this story is (supposedly) a novel, so many of the things the main character Jess had to endure really happened.  It really opened my eyes in a personal way about people in the LGBTQ community that had lived before me, and what it might have been like to be yourself in a time of less social tolerance and acceptance.  To me, this book bridges the gap between historical stories about “gay people a long time ago” and real lives of friends and loved ones.  As I have read and re-read this book over the years, I continue to think of it as iconic must-read for anyone in the LGBTQ community and beyond.

Come meet Ernie and our other amazing drag performers Saturday night! We hear Ernie puts on quite a show!

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