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Consulate Events – June 2009

American Library Marks Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

The book display at the American Library to mark LGBT Pride Month. (State Dept.)

The book display at the American Library to mark LGBT Pride Month

June 4: The month of June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, a time to rededicate ourselves to the elimination of violence and discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In recognition of Pride Month, locally-engaged staff, student interns and officers from several sections of the Consulate General teamed up to create a poster exhibit on the history of the gay and lesbian struggle for equal rights in the United States, with photos of and quotes from a few of the most famous and accomplished LGBT Americans. During the month of June, the exhibit can be viewed in the American Library. Also in the American Library is a book display of works of literature by some outstanding writers who are gay or lesbian - like Truman Capote, Gertrude Stein, Susan Sontag, Tennessee Williams and Alice Walker – along with some excellent nonfiction, such as Stonewall by Martin Duberman (about the 1969 riots in New York City that mark the beginning of the modern gay rights movement), Sons of Harvard by Toby Marotta (about lives of both privilege and isolation), and And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts (about the AIDS epidemic in the United States). 

The American Library is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

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