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.
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IndyPL Film Qlub - Adults and teens ages 17 and up are invited to view and discuss LGBTQ-themed movies. Films will be shown in Central Library's Riley Meeting Room. Due to social distancing requirements we are unable to host the Film Qlub but look forward to its return when we are able to gather again.
Rainbow Reads Book Club
Sunday, June 28 at 7:00 pm
Join LGBTQ+ Committee Chair Stephen Lane as he speaks with Indianapolis author Saundra Mitchell about her work as a queer YA author. Saundra will discuss her new book entitled, "Out Now," and share insights into her writing style and living in Indianapolis. This event is being presented as a video on The Indianapolis Public Library's Facebook page and YouTube page. It will premiere on June 28 and be available for viewing continuously thereafter.
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: