Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Gay Rainbow

On June 2nd 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June  Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, "recognizing the joys and sorrows that the gay and lesbian movement has witnessed, and to celebrate our diversity and recognize the gay and lesbian Americans whose many and varied contributions have enriched our national life".  June has been associated with gay and lesbian issues since June 28,1969, when gays at the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted arrest after the club was raided by the police. This event is considered the start of the modern gay rights movement in the U.S. and worldwide. Click below for EPL's collection of print and online resources on GLBT literature and history, including the Lambda Awards for the finest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans literature available in the United States. And, take a look at the Loft's booklist, "In and Out of the Closet: Fiction and NonFiction About GLBT Teens".

HOT TOPIC: The Current Struggle for Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality USA
Founded in 1996, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) is the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to building equality for the LGBTQ community through civil marriage equality. Get news reports, marriage and civil union FAQ's, and many other resources about marriage.
Freedom to Marry
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. Review current legislation, progress in each US state, and more!


Lambda Literary Foundation
The Lambda Literary Foundation is dedicated to the recognition and promotion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writing. It sponsors the ":Lammy": award for gay and lesbian fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, biography, romance and science fiction. The Foundation also hosts an annual literary festival.
Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival
Information on the annual festival held in November.


alt Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History in America
Marc Stein, ed. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004. 1424 pp., available online through the Gale Virtual Reference Library
This online encyclopedia contains information on the arts, literature, and culture of the GLBTQ community. It has alphabetical and subject indexes. There is also an extensive collection of historical photographs. Use your Evanston library card to access this encyclopedia outside of the library.
alt Gay Liberation Movement
Entry from the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, available online through the Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gerber/Hart Library & Archives
Founded in Chicago in 1981, the Gerber/Hart Library is a depository of records of GLBT individuals and organizations and their experiences in American society. This site includes web links to other GLBT libraries, resources and organizations.
GLBT Historical Society
The mission of the GLBT Historical Society (San Francisco) is to collect, preserve, exhibit and otherwise make available to the public historical, cultural and artistic materials related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, identities and practices, as well as of other sexual minorities. Their goal is to build the world's first full-scale, professional quality museum devoted to GLBT history and culture.
Stonewall Rebellion
Articles about the Stonewall Rebellion, courtesy of The New York Times.

Local Resources

Center on Halsted
The Center on Halsted building offers support networks and programming to meet the needs of the local LGBT community and friends. It has office and meeting space for community organizations, drop-in space for youth and for older adults, gallery space, a computer lab, cultural programming, recreational space, basketball and volleyball courts, parking, ground level retail, and a rooftop memorial garden. This rehabbed building on Halsted street opened in 2007.
Howard Brown Health Center
Howard Brown serves more than 28,000 adults and youth each year through its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives.
Windy City Times
Local news from publications in the Windy City Media Group.

Other Resources

GLBT National Help Center
The help center has a talkline for adults and youth in crisis! Provides free and confidential counseling via phone or internet, information, and local resources.
Michael D. Palm Center
Read the latest about LGBTQ issues in the military! The mission of the Center is to promote the interdisciplinary analysis of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and other marginalized sexual identities in the armed forces.
Coming Out
A set of resources for the "coming out" journey, from the Human Rights Campaign.
Lambda Legal
The national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG is a national support, education and advocacy organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) people, their families, friends and allies.
COLAGE: Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere
COLAGE is a group that supports children who have gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents. It is based in San Francisco but lists local chapters across the country. The site also includes resource publications, a bibliography, newsletters, current activities and information about a pen pal program.
The Advocate
America's leading gay news and entertainment magazine.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Media watchdog group whose activities discourage negative and homophobic stereotypes of GLBT people and promote fairer, more accurate, and more inclusive portrayals.
Facts about Sexual Orientation
Provides matter-of-fact information about homosexuality and its nature, with accounts of the research people have done and what their findings mean; compiled by Gregory Herek of the Univ. of California at Davis.

Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting

alt Gay and Lesbian Marriage
Entry from the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture.
Gay and Lesbian Families
Info from the Child Welfare Information Gateway website (published by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services) with information for gay and lesbian adoptive parents, including adoption policies and practices.

updated by Ted - July, 2014
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