Gerber Hart Library and Archives

Gerber Hart Library and Archives Gerber/Hart is an LGBT library, archives and cultural center- one of the largest such organizations in the United States. Gerber/Hart is also an entirely volunteer-run organization
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Gerber/Hart Library and Archives was founded in 1981 to be a depository for the records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) individuals and organizations, and for other resources bearing upon their lives and experiences in American society. Gerber/Hart Library and Archives has since grown into being the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ circulating library with over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections. Hosting various programs and events that support its beliefs that knowledge is the key to dispelling homophobia and that affirming information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons is critical to fostering pride and self confidence, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives seeks to not only preserve and protect items of LGBT individuals and organizations, but to be a conduit for change. Recently relocated in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives serves the research and recreational reading needs of the Chicago metro area and the Midwest, and through participation in the Interlibrary Loan program, people throughout the U.S.

Gerber/Hart acknowledges the many contributions of black LGBTQ+ individuals to our community. We believe Black Lives Mat...
06/02/2020

Gerber/Hart acknowledges the many contributions of black LGBTQ+ individuals to our community. We believe Black Lives Matter and we will continue to work to make our library and archives more reflective of the great diversity of Chicago LGBTQ+ life.
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1989 cover of feminist magazine Off Our Backs from our Special Collections featuring poet and activist Pat Parker (1944-1989).
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In addition to being one of the leading voices in lesbian poetry, Pat Parker was actively involved in political activism as part of both the Black Panther Party in Oakland and the Black Women’s Revolutionary Council. Parker frequently collaborated with fellow activist Audre Lorde.
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Scroll for two of Pat Parker’s poems. @ Gerber Hart Library and Archives

06/02/2020

46 years ago today in Chicago's LGBTQ history: on June 2, 1974, the Lesbian Feminist Center at 3523 North Halsted Street was the setting for "The Great Matriarchal Revolution," an evening of performances by musicians, vocalists, songwriters, and others.

Gay is Angry calendar from 1971 created by the Gay Graphics Collective and the Gay Community Center in New York from our...
05/31/2020

Gay is Angry calendar from 1971 created by the Gay Graphics Collective and the Gay Community Center in New York from our collection.
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#gerberhart #gayisangry #1970s #gaygraphicscollective #lgbtq #queerlibrary #queerarchives #librariesofinstagram @ Gerber Hart Library and Archives

CHICAGO’S NATIONAL BLACK QUEER ARTS MAGAZINE.. 1993 cover of Chicago magazine Thing featuring Jazzmun “the living black ...
05/30/2020

CHICAGO’S NATIONAL BLACK QUEER ARTS MAGAZINE.
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1993 cover of Chicago magazine Thing featuring Jazzmun “the living black Barbie!” Thing was founded in Chicago by Robert Ford, Trent Adkins, and Lawrence Warren in 1989 as a “black gay and lesbian underground arts journal and magazine kind of thing.” Thing highlighted queer scenes throughout the US and each issue is filled with incredible photos, articles, interviews, and artwork. This issue also includes a feature photos from the 1993 March on Washington. Scroll through for a look through this issue!
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#gerberhart #thing #thingmagazine #underground #queerunderground #lgbtq #1990s #queerpublishing #tbt #chicagogay #queerchicago #gaychicago #queerarchives #librariesofinstagram #gaylibrary #queerlibrary #jazzmun #marchonwashington @ Gerber Hart Library and Archives

Virtual event on Tuesday, June 2nd! Join us for the Chicago virtual book tour stop for Eric Cervini’s (@ericcervini ) bo...
05/29/2020

Virtual event on Tuesday, June 2nd! Join us for the Chicago virtual book tour stop for Eric Cervini’s (@ericcervini ) book The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual Versus the United States if America!
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Co-hosted by @gerberhart and @wcfbook and in conversation with Eric Marcus, creator of the @makinggayhistorypodcast !
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Register at https://deviantstour.com/chicago
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Event will take place at 6:30 CST on Tuesday June 2nd.
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Dr. Eric Cervini is an award-winning historian of LGBTQ+ politics and culture.
As an authority on 1960s gay activism, Cervini serves as a Director of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus and on the Board of Advisors of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of gay American history. He lives in Los Angeles with his two plants, Coco Montrese and Fig O’Hara.
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In 1957, Frank Kameny, a rising astronomer working for the U.S. Defense Department in Hawaii, received a summons to report immediately to Washington, D.C. The Pentagon had reason to believe he was a homosexual, and after a series of humiliating interviews, Kameny, like countless gay men and women before him, was promptly dismissed from his government job. Unlike many others, though, Kameny fought back.
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Eric Cervini's The Deviant's War is the story of what followed. This book is an assiduously researched history of an early champion of gay liberation, one who fought for the right to follow his passion and serve his country in the wake of Joseph McCarthy's Lavender Scare.
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#gerberhart #deviantswar #ericcervini #ericmarcus #virtualevent #frankkameny #lgbtq #gayhistory #makinggayhistory #librariesofinstagram @ Gerber Hart Library and Archives

05/28/2020

46 years ago today in Chicago's LGBTQ history: On May 28, 1974 the effort of activists to get a sexual orientation non-discrimination bill enacted in Chicago received a setback when the Judiciary Committee of the City Council voted to refer the bill to one of its subcommittees, an action that the Sun-Times described as a" burial."

TONIGHT! 5 PM CST! Join us for a virtual panel on Hot Wire and women’s music!.Swipe through for a look at our panelists ...
05/27/2020

TONIGHT! 5 PM CST! Join us for a virtual panel on Hot Wire and women’s music!
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Swipe through for a look at our panelists as well as the covers of the November 1987 issue featuring The Washington Sisters!
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Want to know more about women’s music in the 1980s and 1990s? Join us TODAY, May 27th, at 5:00 (Central).
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“At a time when it was difficult to be taken seriously as a female artist or musicians, and lesbians had a difficult time finding halls that would rent to them, printers that would print openly lesbian fliers, and most lesbians were afraid to come out of the closet, the women’s music movement created spaces to celebrate women’s lives, lesbianism, and feminism” -Toni Armstrong, Jr.
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Hot Wire: The Journal of Women’s Music and Culture was first published in 1984. Hot Wire covered all aspects of lesbian feminist women’s entertainment and especially highlighted these spaces in Chicago. The journal grew out of an organization called Not Just a Stage which was formed by Toni Armstrong, Jr. who had been publishing an annual directory of women’s music resources since 1977. Eventually, Toni and three other partners, Ann Morris, Etas Michele Carria, and Yvonne Zipter joined to form Not Just a Stage which published Hot Wire. The primary goals of Not Just a Stage were to be a “catalyst to develop and maintain a network of creators of women’s culture. Throughout its 10 years of existence, Hot Wire published 30 issues, with its final issue printed in September 1994.
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Join Toni Armstrong, Jr., one of the founders of Hot Wire; Dr. Bonnie Morris, women’s history lecturer at UC-Berkeley; and journalist and author Jorjet Harper for a virtual panel on the importance of Hot Wire and the women’s music movement on Wednesday May 27 at 5 p.m. (Central).
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Register at gerberhart.org or here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudeivrjMsGNQgmERklQWl-ts1iK--ae0H .
#gerberhart #hotwire #tbt #womensmusic #lindatillery #lesbian #lesbianhistory #herstory #lgbtq #lesbianlibrary #lesbianarchive #washingtonsisters #librariesofinstagram #toniarmstrongjr #jorjetharper #bonniemorris
@ Gerber Hart Library and Archives

When there’s a heat wave but you still want to feel fancy at home. Happy Tillie Tuesday! Every week we feature a photo f...
05/26/2020

When there’s a heat wave but you still want to feel fancy at home. Happy Tillie Tuesday! Every week we feature a photo from the collection of our favorite vintage drag queen, Tillie "The Dirty Old Lady of Chicago." This photo features a young Tillie in likely the 1940s or 1950s.
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#gerberhart #thedirtyoldladyofchicago #tillie #tillietuesday #tillietuesdays #lgbtq #vintagedrag #dragqueen #chicagodrag #chicagodragqueen #friendoftillie #glam #showbiz #1940s #1950s #glamour #pose #werq #queerchicago #gaychicago #queerarchives #librariesofinstagram #gaylibrary #queerlibrary

05/26/2020

47 years ago today in Chicago's LGBTQ history: On May 26, 1973, two dozen LGBTQ activists marched up State Street and Michigan Avenue chanting "Ann Landers, we won't take your slanders," before forming a picket line in front of the Hancock Building, where she lived. Ann Landers was one of the most widely syndicated advice columnists of the era. Earlier that year, she had written two columns in which she called homosexuality sick and unnatural.

THIS WEDNESDAY! Join us for a virtual panel on Hot Wire and Women’s Music! Swipe through for a look at our panelists as ...
05/25/2020

THIS WEDNESDAY! Join us for a virtual panel on Hot Wire and Women’s Music! Swipe through for a look at our panelists as well as the front and back cover of the March 1987 issue featuring Patricia Charbonneau!
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Want to know more about women’s music in the 1980s and 1990s? Join us Wednesday May 27th at 5:00 (Central).
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“At a time when it was difficult to be taken seriously as a female artist or musicians, and lesbians had a difficult time finding halls that would rent to them, printers that would print openly lesbian fliers, and most lesbians were afraid to come out of the closet, the women’s music movement created spaces to celebrate women’s lives, lesbianism, and feminism” -Toni Armstrong, Jr.
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Hot Wire: The Journal of Women’s Music and Culture was first published in 1984. Hot Wire covered all aspects of lesbian feminist women’s entertainment and especially highlighted these spaces in Chicago. The journal grew out of an organization called Not Just a Stage which was formed by Toni Armstrong, Jr. who had been publishing an annual directory of women’s music resources since 1977. Eventually, Toni and three other partners, Ann Morris, Etas Michele Carria, and Yvonne Zipter joined to form Not Just a Stage which published Hot Wire. The primary goals of Not Just a Stage were to be a “catalyst to develop and maintain a network of creators of women’s culture. Throughout its 10 years of existence, Hot Wire published 30 issues, with its final issue printed in September 1994.
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Join Toni Armstrong, Jr., one of the founders of Hot Wire; Dr. Bonnie Morris, women’s history lecturer at UC-Berkeley; and journalist and author Jorjet Harper for a virtual panel on the importance of Hot Wire and the women’s music movement on Wednesday May 27 at 5 p.m. (Central).
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Register at gerberhart.org or here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudeivrjMsGNQgmERklQWl-ts1iK--ae0H
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#gerberhart #hotwire #tbt #womensmusic #lindatillery #lesbian #lesbianhistory #herstory #lgbtq #lesbianlibrary #lesbianarchive #patriciacharbonneau #librariesofinstagram #toniarmstrongjr #jorjetharper #bonniemorris @ Gerber Hart Library and Archives

THIS WEDNESDAY! Join us for a virtual panel on Hot Wire and Women’s Music! Swipe through for a look at our panelists as ...
05/25/2020

THIS WEDNESDAY! Join us for a virtual panel on Hot Wire and Women’s Music! Swipe through for a look at our panelists as well as the front and back cover of the March 1987 issue featuring Patricia Charbonneau!
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Want to know more about women’s music in the 1980s and 1990s? Join us Wednesday May 27th at 5:00 (Central).
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“At a time when it was difficult to be taken seriously as a female artist or musicians, and lesbians had a difficult time finding halls that would rent to them, printers that would print openly lesbian fliers, and most lesbians were afraid to come out of the closet, the women’s music movement created spaces to celebrate women’s lives, lesbianism, and feminism” -Toni Armstrong, Jr.
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Hot Wire: The Journal of Women’s Music and Culture was first published in 1984. Hot Wire covered all aspects of lesbian feminist women’s entertainment and especially highlighted these spaces in Chicago. The journal grew out of an organization called Not Just a Stage which was formed by Toni Armstrong, Jr. who had been publishing an annual directory of women’s music resources since 1977. Eventually, Toni and three other partners, Ann Morris, Etas Michele Carria, and Yvonne Zipter joined to form Not Just a Stage which published Hot Wire. The primary goals of Not Just a Stage were to be a “catalyst to develop and maintain a network of creators of women’s culture. Throughout its 10 years of existence, Hot Wire published 30 issues, with its final issue printed in September 1994.
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Join Toni Armstrong, Jr., one of the founders of Hot Wire; Dr. Bonnie Morris, women’s history lecturer at UC-Berkeley; and journalist and author Jorjet Harper for a virtual panel on the importance of Hot Wire and the women’s music movement on Wednesday May 27 at 5 p.m. (Central).
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Register at gerberhart.org or here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudeivrjMsGNQgmERklQWl-ts1iK--ae0H
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#gerberhart #hotwire #tbt #womensmusic #lindatillery #lesbian #lesbianhistory #herstory #lgbtq #lesbianlibrary #lesbianarchive #patriciacharbonneau #librariesofinstagram #toniarmstrongjr #jorjetharper #bonniemorris @ Gerber Hart Library and Archives

Want to know more about women’s music in the 1980s and 1990s? Next week Gerber/Hart will host a virtual panel about Hot ...
05/21/2020

Want to know more about women’s music in the 1980s and 1990s? Next week Gerber/Hart will host a virtual panel about Hot Wire Magazine and Women's Music on Wednesday May 27th at 5:00 (Central). And celebrate #tbt with this great cover from the second issue in 1985 featuring Linda Tillery!
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“At a time when it was difficult to be taken seriously as a female artist or musicians, and lesbians had a difficult time finding halls that would rent to them, printers that would print openly lesbian fliers, and most lesbians were afraid to come out of the closet, the women’s music movement created spaces to celebrate women’s lives, lesbianism, and feminism” -Toni Armstrong, Jr.
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Hot Wire: The Journal of Women’s Music and Culture was first published in 1984. Hot Wire covered all aspects of lesbian feminist women’s entertainment and especially highlighted these spaces in Chicago. The journal grew out of an organization called Not Just a Stage which was formed by Toni Armstrong, Jr. who had been publishing an annual directory of women’s music resources since 1977. Eventually, Toni and three other partners, Ann Morris, Etas Michele Carria, and Yvonne Zipter joined to form Not Just a Stage which published Hot Wire. The primary goals of Not Just a Stage were to be a “catalyst to develop and maintain a network of creators of women’s culture. Throughout its 10 years of existence, Hot Wire published 30 issues, with its final issue printed in September 1994.
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Join Toni Armstrong, Jr., one of the founders of Hot Wire; Dr. Bonnie Morris, women’s history lecturer at UC-Berkeley; and journalist and author Jorjet Harper for a virtual panel on the importance of Hot Wire and the women’s music movement on Wednesday May 27 at 5 p.m. (Central).
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Register at gerberhart.org or here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudeivrjMsGNQgmERklQWl-ts1iK--ae0H
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#gerberhart #hotwire #tbt #womensmusic #lindatillery #lesbian #lesbianhistory #herstory #lgbtq #lesbianlibrary #lesbianarchives #queerlibrary #librariesofinstagram #1980s

Be like Miss Tillie - stay home and strike a pose! Happy Tillie Tuesday! Every week we feature a photo from the collecti...
05/19/2020

Be like Miss Tillie - stay home and strike a pose! Happy Tillie Tuesday! Every week we feature a photo from the collection of our favorite vintage drag queen, Tillie "The Dirty Old Lady of Chicago." This photo features a young Tillie in likely the 1940s or 1950s. .
#gerberhart #thedirtyoldladyofchicago #tillie #tillietuesday #tillietuesdays #lgbtq #vintagedrag #dragqueen #chicagodrag #chicagodragqueen #friendoftillie #glam #showbiz #1940s #1950s #glamour #pose #werq #queerchicago #gaychicago #queerarchives #librariesofinstagram #gaylibrary #queerlibrary

05/18/2020

53 years ago today in Chicago's LGBTQ history: on May 18, 1967, a former Chicago police detective, John J. Pyne, was found guilty in federal court on charges of extortion. Among the main targets of Pyne's extortion ring were gay men who were threatened with public exposure unless they paid Pyne off. Pyne received a 5-year jail sentence.

May calendar page from the 1999 Amigas Latinas calendar from our archives! Founded in 1995, Amigas Latinas was a volunte...
05/18/2020

May calendar page from the 1999 Amigas Latinas calendar from our archives! Founded in 1995, Amigas Latinas was a volunteer-run organization that specifically served the LGBT Latina community through monthly discussion groups, support groups, workshops, educational training, public programs, and events. The group advocated to ensure that legislators, funders, and other not-for-profit organizations consider the intersection of issues faced by LGBT Latinas, who often struggle within Latinx communities and within larger LGBT organizations.
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#gerberhart #amigaslatinas #latina #latinx #lgbtq #1990s #queerpublishing #tbt #chicagogay #queerchicago #gaychicago #queerarchives #librariesofinstagram #gaylibrary #queerlibrary #lesbianarchives #queerarchives @ Gerber Hart Library and Archives

05/16/2020

50 years ago today in Chicago's LGBTQ history: On May 16, 1970, a "Gay Guerrilla Dance" was held in the Fred Hampton Gym at the University of Chicago. The event was in part a protest against the University policy of excluding community members from the campus. Step May, a student and gay activist, reserved the gym, and 600 people attended the dance, half of them from the community. In 1970, dancing in gay bars was still prohibited, and plainclothes police would often make arrests if they saw dancing.

Wishing everyone a happy Friday and a good start of another Gay Weekend! .Did you know Gerber Hart has board games? Swip...
05/15/2020

Wishing everyone a happy Friday and a good start of another Gay Weekend!
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Did you know Gerber Hart has board games? Swipe through for a look at a few of the games from our collection.
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Featured are some details from our favorite Gay Weekend board game, including the "tricks" that help fulfill the object of the game. The playing cards go along with the 1970s theme with lines like "Look! He was very interested until you started talking about Watergate" and "Oh, come on! Caftans have been out for years!" While the game certainly builds on stereotypes it is an interesting look at gay life in the 1970s and certainly looks like an entertaining game to play!
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Enjoy your (gay) weekend!
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#gerberhart #gayweekend #boardgames #gaygames #lgbtq #1970s #retrogames #gayboardgame #librariesofinstagram #queerlibrary @ Gerber Hart Library and Archives

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Exciting News and Events: http://www.gerberhart.org/news.html Mission Statement: Gerber/Hart Library believes that knowledge is the key to dispelling homophobia. A lesbian and gay library, archives, and cultural center, Gerber/Hart Library is dedicated to meeting the information needs of its unique community in a safe atmosphere that promotes research, exploration, and discovery. As a library, Gerber/Hart Library is committed to acquiring, preserving, and disseminating materials that embody the culture and history of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people. As an archives, Gerber/Hart Library is the repository for the records, papers, and other realia of lesbian and gay life, focusing primarily in the Chicago metropolitan area and the Midwest. As a cultural center, Gerber/Hart Library makes its collection active and accessible to the public through displays, talks and lectures, workshops and classes, as well as performance, video, and film. Gerber/Hart Library's collection and programming reflect the diversity and rich history of the lesbian and gay community. A permanent institution, Gerber/Hart Library is committed to the sound management of its resources.

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Thursday 18:00 - 21:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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Getting ready to celebrate 40 years...
What a terrific exhibit opening tonight at Gerber/Hart! Large and engaged crowd, a wonderful exhibit on pre-Stonewall activism and . . . the desserts were terrific! :)
Boys on Purpose by Rodion Rebenyar http://amzn.to/1U5gwh4 A collection of poems, prose and stories with decidedly gay overtones and a nostalgic bend. Boys growing up in the United States during the 1950's and 60's had little, if any, information about being "different." There was literally no one to turn to for advice or encouragement. If anything, the dictates of the culture and societal pressures made them feel insecure and outcast. In this first-published collection, Sacramento-based writer Rodion Rebenyar has complied a variety of poems (written specifically for those who don't normally like to read poetry), prose and stories, which highlight one boy's journey through this turbulent decade. It is a time of discovery, terror and ultimate victory over body, mind and soul. Mature readers will relate to much of what is discussed here. It will make them laugh, cry, reflect and perhaps feel uncomfortable at times. Younger readers may gain insights from this collection and come to the conclusion that growing up gay in the United States hasn't changed that much in half a century. The collection is illustrated with many magazine covers and ad copy of the era, plus a series of classic cartoons by artist Richard Steen (all of which seem tame by today's standards, but which were highly controversial at the time they were published in male model and physique magazines).
The Fall Fundraiser last night was a resounding success. I want to give a huge THANKS to Wil Brant, Library Director, Carrie Barnett, Don Friedman and Charles Katzenmeyer of the Library Board, Steve Farias and Bill Bergfalk as Silent Auction Coordinators. What a dream team to work with. And of course big thanks to all the Library volunteers who did so much work during the event. You all made it so worthwhile, thank you all.
SURE HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN US... Or send in a donation.... Keeping OUR history alive! "Brick by Brick: Saving and Growing LGBTQ History," our revived annual fundraiser will be held at Gerber/Hart on Saturday, November 4, taking over the building’s second floor for a night of fun and festivity, which will include dancing, a silent auction, and light refreshments-wine, beer, soda. There will also be opportunities to tour the restricted stacks (Archives and Special Collections) and check out the exhibits, including a special interactive display ... See More
HARTLINE [novel] Author: Helen Dunn Historical Lesbian fiction with supernatural elements Set in the 1800's, Hartline is the tale of two sisters, one straight and one gay, and the thwarted loves and emotional pain of their lives and relationships, along with others who live in the town of Hartline and the surrounding area. Hartline is the kind of town where the Sheriff is co-owner in the brothel while forbidding his daughter to associate with Cat MacDonald, the lesbian who dresses in drag and lives up on the ridge with her clairvoyant grandmother. Sheriff L. C. Larson's treachery has a wide reach. Sally MacDonald's chance at love with a good man may have been ruined by Larsen. Nothing is beyond L.C. not even murder. Savannah Lily Jordan, a lesbian gifted with second sight and a disregard for convention, is sent to stay with her Aunt Alberta Brandt, by her distraught father. However, Savannah has her own ideas about who she wants to keep company with, and to hell with her reputation. She too will cross paths with L.C., as well as the town's madame, and the supernatural. Available at amazon as an e-book: http://amzn.to/1OvBl1O FREE to those with Kindle Unlimited. Don't have a Kindle—no problem—an app can allow you to download this book to any reading device. The URL given is for Amazon USA, but this book and all my books are available in other countries where Amazon is on-line. Please visit my author's page at Amazon to see all my books, excerpts are at the screen for each individual book. http://amzn.to/1jh5IEN If you read a book and enjoy it, please consider leaving a review at amazon. It will be much appreciated. Thank you.