Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month is a month-long celebration each October that honors the history of the LGBTQ+ community and the importance of the gay rights movement. Created in 1994, the month gives people the opportunity to learn about LGBTQ+ history and ways to help the community. Even for those who are not LGBTQ+, this celebratory month is important because it recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of a community that has been harmfully removed from history.

One way to honor LGBTQ+ history, is by celebrating and reading LGBTQ+ authors. Both historically and modernly, there are many amazing authors who are members of the community. At Brookens Library, we have some amazing options for diverse LGBTQ+ literature from a variety of different authors.

Even if you aren’t an avid reader, there are several LGBTQ+ movies you can borrow as well.

One reason why the creation and consumption of LGBTQ+ books and movies is so important is because of the significance of representation. Representation matters because people who come from different and diverse backgrounds often have unique perspectives that may not be seen otherwise. It is common for marginalized groups (the LGBTQ+ community in this case) to struggle to have their voices and opinions heard when society chooses to focus on what is considered to be standard or traditional. Oftentimes, when these diverse perspectives are hidden, others who have the same views worry that they are alone in having these thoughts or somehow wrong for thinking the way they do.

By celebrating and promoting LGBTQ+ authors and content, we’re elevating the voices of this marginalized community and providing representation for those who may not see themselves in traditional media. We are also actively showing our support for the LGBTQ+ community and creating a space where members of the community can feel welcomed and free to be themselves.

For LGBTQ+ students or allies looking for more information, Gender and Sexuality Student Services is an amazing resource!

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