Through diversity, inclusion, and social justice, we recognize the importance of LGBTQ+ rights and their intersection with information.
Since 1999 June has been officially declared LGBTQ+ pride month. This month serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality and the importance of creating spaces where individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities can thrive. The University of Maryland, School of Information Studies, recognizes that information studies is deeply intertwined with social justice issues, including LGBTQ+ rights, banned books, and data privacy. Information professionals are crucial in advocating for and advancing equitable access to information for all, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. By acknowledging Pride Month, INFO affirms its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and the principles of social justice within the field.
Digital Web Collections and Resources:
- Did you know the Libraries of the University of Maryland has an oral history collection that includes experiences of being LGBTQ+ on campus or in the community? https://archives.lib.umd.edu/repositories/2/resources/1695
- The Library of Congress curates and safeguards the LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive, a collection of online materials that capture and preserve the rich tapestry of LGBTQ+ historical contributions and culture both within the United States and globally. https://www.loc.gov/collections/lgbtq-studies-web-archive/about-this-collection/
- The GLBT Historical Society provides various online digital mixed media resources, including recordings, videos, photographs, and articles, enabling access to many LGBTQ+ historical materials. https://www.glbthistory.org/online-resources
- The Stonewall Uprising Interviews collection contains 48 interviews sourced from the documentary “Stonewall Uprising.” The interviews explore the historic Stonewall riots when the LGBTQ+ community protested a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The documentary sheds light on societal attitudes towards the gay community, pre-riot activism for gay rights, and the long-term impact of the riots. https://americanarchive.org/special_collections/stonewall-uprising-interviews
- Did you know there are local LGBTQ events in the DC area during June? The Smithsonian lists Pride Month activities that the public can attend.
- The Washingtonian lists festivals, parades, and art markets in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.