The Indianapolis Public Library strives to serve everyone in Marion County. This, of course, includes people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other non-cisgender and non-straight identities. Since 2018, we have been working diligently on improving our collections and adding programs specifically to include and support the LGBTQ+ community and to educate the community writ large about LGBTQ+ issues.
Oral histories have long been used to help tell the stories of people whose life experiences are often not detailed in traditional archives. This new oral history project aims to interview people who are a part of the Indianapolis LGBTQ+ community and have seen it change and evolve over their lives. Interested in participating? Learn more
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In existence for over 25 years, the Chris Gonzalez Library and Archives served as a place where LGBTQ+ people could access materials specific to their community. Curated by Michael Bohr, the library was comprised of over 7,000 titles, mostly from donations from community members. In 2017, Indy Pride entered into a partnership with The Indianapolis Public Library to receive most of the book and video materials, curate, and house them at Central Library.
The now-named Chris Gonzalez Collection will be continuously updated and managed by the librarians of IndyPL. The collection is a work in progress. IndyPL is committed to growing this collection to make it more inclusive of people of color, women, non-binary, transgender, and lesbian/bisexual/queer/+ authors, as well as people at the intersections of these identities.
There are three ways to find items in the collection:
Graphic Novels with Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender Nonconforming Characters
Here is a short list of some graphic novels and manga featuring trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming characters. The list features titles for both kids and teens. IndyPL_ShannonO
Classically Queer History was never as straight as you think. This collection of classic writing represents LGBT writers from the past, some who have had their queer identities ignored or, in some cases, covered up. IndyPL_DanA
Queercore - Music for Your Pride Month Pride Month is a time to for remembrance of Queer history, reverence for the struggles of those community members who have gone before us, and revolutions still ongoing. So turn up the dial on these Queer artists and let your personal Pride flag fly! IndyPL_KaseyP
LGBTQ+ Picture Books
Looking for a way to add some LGBTQ+ books to your story time? Check out this list for some great recommendations! Included in the list are fiction and non-fiction titles ranging from stories about Pride history, same sex parents, gender non-conforming characters and transitioning characters. IndyPL_MaggieW
Manga and anime encapsulates a wide range of genres, from romance and slice-of-life stories to horror and fantasy. Among the many genres of manga and anime are stories depicting LGBTQ+ characters. Here you can find a mixture of both nonfiction and fiction stories from anime and manga. #indypladults IndyPL_ShannonO
This autobiographical manga recounts the author's coming out as trans and her journey to transitioning. In addition to her personal story, she also talks in great detail about the laws currently in place regarding trans and other queer people in Japan, especially those concerning marriage.
After his estranged twin brother dies, single father Yaichi and his daughter Kana receive a visit from his late brother's Canadian husband Matt Flanagan. While Kana is excited to learn she has a new uncle, Yaichi takes awhile to warm up to Matt. Over the course of the two volume manga series, Yaichi takes a hard look at his own internalized homophobia and how his attitude may have been the wedge that forced him and his brother apart. The series overall is heartwarming and cute.
Mogumo, a non-binary high schooler, is invited by their fellow student Tetsu Iwaoka to work for the maid café Question!. At first Mogumo is happy to join thinking they've found a job that will let them present as they want, but soon discovers that Tetsu has mistaken them for a cross-dressing boy. Frustrated, Mogumo explains to their new coworkers not to assume their gender and asks them to re-think gender entirely.