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LGBTQ+ Services @Your Library


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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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Recurring Events:

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.

Chris Gonzalez Collection

The Chris Gonzalez Collection

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:

  • View the Collection in our online catalog.
  • Visit the permanent display highlighting the Collection in the Simon Reading Room at Central Library.
  • Items that are a part of the Collection have an identifying bookplate inside.

Reading Lists from IndyPL Librarians:

  • Recent LGBTQ+ Films - From traumatic to heart-warming, this group of films from 2016 - 2019 delves into many thought-provoking real and serious life experiences . Get the streaming versions and more LGBTQ+ titles through Kanopy and your library card at IndyPL_DebL
  • Queer Poetry - Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading works by these acclaimed LGBTQ+ poets! IndyPL_AhliahB
  • Pride, Self-Identification, and Children - Regardless of how children identify it's important to teach them to be proud of whoever and whatever they are. These books are a great way to expose kids to this fact and an even better way for parents to connect with their child. IndyPL_JosephL
  • More LGBTQ+ Booklists from IndyPL Librarians for kids, teens & adults.

Classics of Queer Literature

"Classic" here means "foundational literature focused on LGBTQ+ themes". It does not necessarily connotate "old" (though some of it certainly qualifies), as much foundational literature has been written this century. #indypladults IndyPL_AhliahB