Happy Pride Month: The Beginnings of a Display

It’s Gay Pride month and therefore time to bust out another library display. I delved deep into the LGBTQ and Gay Pride tags of Tumblr, looking for a nice mix of informative, uplifting, and humorous. I got lots of advice from librarians to not forget the T+Q of LGBTQ (that being Trans* and Queer), so I hope I didn’t disappoint.

Will it get vandalized? Or worse, ignored? We’ll see. I’ll put it up, complete with a serious coat of sequins when I have time for it, on Monday. It’ll go up in some empty display cases in the Young Adult section.

Until then, here’s a look at what I managed to get done today:

Just some pre-used foam core board, covered up in cardstock. Over that? Color print-outs of Tumblr pictures that were cut out with fancy edged scissors.
Just some pre-used foam core board, covered up in cardstock. Over that? Color print-outs of Tumblr pictures that were cut out with fancy edged scissors.
While I think marriage equality is an important issue, I didn’t want it to be the *only* issue addressed in this display.
I tried to include images that dealt with gender identity as well as sexual orientation.
Various terminologies can be overwhelming to decipher and embarrassing to ask about, so I tried to have a variety of terms represented.
Your average YA patron probably doesn’t know what Cissexism is, so here you go.
Infographics can be an accessible path to facts.

I also included some pictures and facts about the Stonewall riots. What would you have added? Do you have a Pride display at your library? Please share in the comments!

~Love and Libraries, Ingrid

9 thoughts on “Happy Pride Month: The Beginnings of a Display

  1. You work good and fast! I’m impressed. I’ll crush anyone who tries to vandalize it. Any grownups want to complain don’t even waste your breath, just give them the customer service form. You rock.

  2. Big Props!!! Those posters are amazing it gives wonderful information about a serious subject with a humorous flair. Love all of your images you used and the colors. The Young Adult section is a good place for conversation, information, and to help promote understanding. 🙂 Great Job.

  3. I started putting ours up yesterday evening, this morning we had our first angry patron complaint, funny thing is, the display doesn’t even have books up yet! Haha the guy wanted to know who authorized it and what group was behind it! Smh

  4. Ashley

    Did you have any negative feedback from patrons or staff? I just recently brought this up at a staff meeting to let everyone know that it may have some questions or complaints. I met with some resistance and negativity from fellow librarians. I have been planning on doing this display and had it approved from our director for months now. We are also in a small community in the Midwest but I feel that we should represent EVERYONE in the community no matter what.

    1. Not from this display, but from something similar, a man yelled out: “Why is this propaganda here!?” and I think he was told that if he didn’t like the YA room, that he should patronize the “adult” parts of the library instead.

      Thank you for caring about your patrons and knowing that queer people exist in every community, no matter how small. My suggestion is to have some sort of policy or pre-written statement ready in case of complaints. It’s so flustering when patrons/staff are bigoted or closed-minded. Having something pre-written will keep you calm and sensible. Stay strong and thank you!

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