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Stonewall Book Awards honor works of GLBT merit

stonewall_logoThe 2015 Stonewall Book Awards given by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association were presented this weekend in San Francisco at the organization’s annual conference.

The awards are given annually to English-language works of merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. Several major categories are awarded: the Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, the Barbara Gittings Literature award and the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award. The awards are given to works published the prior year.

This year’s winners include—

 Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

51lOr0fYHkLPresented to This Day in June, written by Gayle E. Pitman and published by Magination Press, an imprint of the American Psychological Association.

Other Children’s and Young Adult Award Honor Books nominated were—

  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender teens speak out, written and photographed by Susan Kuklin, published by Candlewick Press.
  • I’ll Give You the Sun, written by Jandy Nelson, published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
  • Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, written by Christine Baldacchino, with pictures by Isabelle Malenfant, published by Groundwood Books

Barbara Gittings Literature Award

Prelude-to-Bruise-683x1024Presented to  Prelude To Bruise, written by Saeed Jones, published by Coffee House Press.

Other Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor Books nominated were—

  • Bitter Eden, written by Tatamkhulu Afrika, published by Picador USA.
  • Frog Music, written by Emma Donoghue, published by Little, Brown and Company.
  • The Two Hotel Francforts, written by David Leavitt, published by Bloomsbury.
  • My Real Children, written by Jo Walton, published by Tor Books.

Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award

51NViGPmlUL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Presented  to Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims, written by Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle, published by New York University Press.

Other Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award Honor Books nominated were—

  • Gay Berlin, written by Robert Beachy, published by Alfred A. Knopf.
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, written by Janet Mock, published by Atria Books.
  • Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS, written by Martin Duberman, published by The New Press.
  • Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America, written by Rachel Hope Cleves, published by Oxford University Press.

Dig Deeper: The Stonewall Riots

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Resistance to a police raid inside a small, Greenwich Village jukebox bar (one of the few in New York City where  the LGBT community were welcomed) marked the start of the gay rights movement. As hundreds upon hundreds of protesters poured out onto the streets over six days of rioting, the gay community, previously forced into secrecy, finally saw the strength of its own numbers. The event proved to be a turning point. The following year saw the start of annual gay pride parades and other outward demands for recognition, respect and equal rights—events often held on the Stonewall anniversary and eventually in hundreds of cities. The Stonewall Book Awards is just one of the many ways the event is commemorated.

Last week was a landmark week for the gay rights movement for two reasons: first, the Supreme Court decision affirming the right to same sex marriage in all fifty states, and, though less publicized, the naming of the Stonewall Inn as an official New York City landmark. Learn more about this incredible chapter in human rights history through the following library resources (or hundreds more – just ask!) curated by History liaison librarian, Jutta Seibert.

Dig Deeper: Stonewall Riots

1. Books about the Stonewall Riots in the Falvey collection

2. Gale Virtual Reference Library (Databases A-Z): Introductions to the subject matter from a selection of the Library’s subject encyclopedias.
Tina Gianoulis. “Gay Liberation Movement.” In St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, edited by Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast, 211-15. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000.

3. Sage Knowledge platform (Databases A-Z): More introductions and overviews from social sciences encyclopedias.
Lucian Truscott and Priscilla Glanville. “Stonewall Rebellion.” In Encyclopedia of Leadership, edited by George R. Goethals, Georgia J. Sorenson and James MacGregor Burns, 1492-98. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2004. doi:10.4135/9781412952392.n340.

4. CQ Global Researcher: An excellent overview over the evolution of gay rights in the U.S.
Reed Karaim. “Gay Rights.” CQ Global Researcher 5, no. 5 (March 1, 2011): 107-32.

5. New York Times: Read the original news coverage of the 1969 riots.
“4 Policemen Hurt in ‘Village Raid.’” New York Times, June 29, 1969. http://ezproxy.villanova.edu/login?URL=?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/118526412?accountid=14853.
“Police Again Rout ‘Village’ Youths.” New York Times, June 30, 1969. http://ezproxy.villanova.edu/login?URL=?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/118687806?accountid=14853.

6. Washington Post: Read about the movement as it was described in the year the riots occurred.
Nancy L. Ross “Homosexual Revolution.” The Washington Post, October 25, 1969. http://ezproxy.villanova.edu/login?URL=?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/143552646?accountid=14853.

7. OpinionArchives: Browse the archives of the country’s leading opinion magazines and follow the changing public opinion. OpinionArchives includes the complete archives of The Nation, The New Republic, The National Review, The New Yorker, and Commonweal among other titles.


Dig Deeper links provided by Jutta Seibert, team leader – Academic Integration. Article by Joanne Quinn, team leader for Communication and Service Promotion.


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