February is LGBT+ History Month and libraries, information services and Learning Resource Centres up and down the country are organising events, activities, workshops and performances to celebrate LGBT+ people.
There is a full listings page of activities near you (provided by campaign organisation Schools Out). If you work in a library that is running and event, don’t forget to add it here to help promote it!
To join the celebrations, we’ve put together our list of 10 favourite LGBT+ History Month activities coming to a library near you!
1. Manchester Libraries
Manchester Libraries and Archives are going all out to make LGBT+ History Month in 2020 the biggest and best ever! We can’t do full justice to their line-up here, but throughout the month there will be events, talks, activities, meetings, film nights and book lists celebrating the lives of LGBT+ people.
Thankfully, Manchester Libraries blog has provide a full event listing for all of the activities throughout February, including things like ‘Rosie Garland and Friends’ - an Evening Celebrating Queer Culture in Manchester.
Read the Manchester Libraries blog for a full run-down.
2. Make your ‘My pronouns are’ badge at the University of Northamptonshire Library
It’s not just public libraries that are getting in on the #LGBT+ History Month action – there has been a fantastic response from libraries across other sectors too, particularly in Health and Higher Education.
The University of Northamptonshire Library has created this lovely book display to make the occasion, and are offering a range of engaging activities including a workshop where users can make their very own ‘My pronouns are…’ badge!
LGBT+ History Month book display at University of Northamptonshire Library
3. Hampshire Libraries LGBT+ History Month Book Collection
Literature has always held an important place in the LGBT+ community. Many of our greatest writers are themselves lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. Books provide an opportunity to experience life through the eyes of the protagonist, helping share perspectives and insights and give people an insight into their own identity. Each year, libraries across the nation mark LGBT+ History Month with specially-curated book collections which explore lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender lives and identities.
Find out more about the Hampshire Libraries LGBT+ History Month collection for 2020
4. LGBT+ Film Nights at Redbridge Libraries with Positive East
Many libraries are now able to offer regular film nights and screenings, opening a whole new experience for library users. This programme of film nights events and talks is produced as a partnership between Redbridge Libraries and Positive East.
Find out more and view the programme on the Redbridge Libraries website
5. Essex Libraries selection of LGBT+ poetry, fiction and plays!
Essex Libraries have gone all-out to support LGBT+ History Month this year, with an entire selection of books, poetry, plays, events and activities throughout February. They have provided a hub page which includes link to books by, about and for LGBT+ people, including children’s and Young Adult fiction and biographies.
Visit the Essex Libraries LGBT+ History Month page to find out more!
6. BookTrust picture books that celebrate LGBT families
The wonderful people at BookTrust are also supporting LGBT+ History Month with a really lovely collection of titles which help children and young people learn more about LGBT+ lives in a family context. As their website says:
“It's so important that little ones grow up and see their type of family set-up reflected in the books you share with them. Sadly, for many same-sex parents and carers, these kind of picture books can be tricky to find. Well, look no further: we've pulled together a list of our favourite children's books that show – and celebrate – diverse families.”
Visit the BookTrust LGBT+ Families Reading List here
7. Brighton and Hove Libraries exhibitions for LGBT+ History Month
Dedicated librarians across Brighton and Hove have put on exhibitions in libraries across the city celebrating LGBT+ History Month. The displays feature suggested titles, famous local LGBT+ people and the story of the fight for LGBT+ equality.
Visit the Brighton and Hove Libraries web page for more information
8. Discover the Rainbow Library at Ely Library
Ely Library are celebrating LGBT+ History Month with a fantastic event organised in partnership with the Kite Trust, Encompass Network, Dhiverse, Cambridge County Council Fostering Services and Switchboard LGBT+.
The event gives local people an opportunity to come in, socialise, find out about local support services and engage with the LGBT+ Community in their area.
Discover the Rainbow Library in Ely
9. Wandsworth Libraries LGBT+ History Month event with Kate Davies
Wandsworth Libraries are celebrating LGBT+ History Month 2020 with an event and book reading by celebrated author Kate Davies. Kate will be reading from her book In at the Deep End, described as a “funny and racy story about love and self discovery”.
Find out more about the event with Kate Davies and other LGBT+ History Month activities in Wandsworth
10. Visit the LGBT+ History Month archive at the Bishopsgate Library
If you’re anywhere near central London, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the brilliant library and archive of the Bishopsgate Institute. They have made it their mission to document the movements for social justice and human rights in the UK, alongside the history of campaigning and protect. In addition to the LGBT+ History Month Archive, they also host the archives of a number of campaigning organisations including Stonewall, Switchboard and Outrage!
Visit the Bishopsgate Institute website for details
Header image comes from Made by Raffi which is included in Book Trust's list of LGBT+ friendly titles.