Library Exhibits

In Celebration of GLBT Pride

This exhibit was available during June 2009 in the John Hay Library.

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (June 28, 1969), when over 1000 gays, lesbians, and transvestites confronted police during a violent encounter at the Stonewall Inn, a popular bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. This event marked the beginning of the "Gay Liberation" movement in the United States. The Stonewall Inn is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

This event is celebrated annually as part of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) Pride events across the nation. The first Gay Pride parade in Providence was in 1976, despite attempts to block it by city and state officials. Details on it can be found in Hubert Kennedy's Coming Out in Providence. The first parade with less than 100 participants has grown to over 25,000. Part of the mission of the RI Pride Committee is to "Provide safe opportunities and venues for people to come out and express and celebrate their sexual identities."

The Richard G. Katzoff Collection
The collection, named in honor of Richard G. Katzoff and housed in the John Hay Library at Brown University, consists primarily of literary works relating to gays and lesbians, with a small component of history and sociology; most are U.S. publications. The core of the Collection is the gift of books, primarily novels dating from the 1970s and 1980s, received in 1991 from the estate of Richard Katzoff, supplemented by the library and personal writings of John Preston, journalist, author and editor of gay literature (the Library also houses Preston's papers). In addition, the Collection includes the publications of Larry Townsend (sadomasochistic fiction and pictorial erotica), many books from the library of Edmund White, an extensive collection of contemporary lesbian fiction, and many other smaller donations of gay and lesbian writings. Materials continue to be added to the Collection by gift and purchase; an endowment has been established for that purpose by the Katzoff family. The more recent acquisitions include a 30,000-item collection of gay pulp fiction dating primarily from the 1950s and 1960s.

Image: Bookplate for the Richard G. Katzoff Collection

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