LGBTQ History Month Book Display

2017 lgbt promo graphic

On exhibition September 29, 2017 - October 27, 2017, in the First Floor North of Pollak Library.


Joy Lambert and Joy Sage are Instruction and Reference Librarians at Pollak Library. 

About Lgbt history month

LGBT History Month began in 1994 with a Missouri teacher named Rodney Wilson. Mr. Wilson thought there should be time set aside to celebrate and teach others about gay and lesbian history. October was chosen because Coming Out Day (October 11) is traditionally celebrated in that month. 

Many national groups endorse and support LGBT History Month, including GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association and other national organizations. 

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This year the display is focusing on activist and activism, The display has three sections of books. One bookcase has fiction and non-fiction books written for children and young adults with LGBTQ characters and themes. The second bookcase highlights books written by and books about activits in the LGBT community. The last bookcase showcases non-fiction books, including biographies and history about Hispanic heroes and activits in the LGBT community. 

The display includes information about a new database of primary source material purchased by the library, Archives of Human Sexuality: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940. All books on display have been selected from Pollak Library stacks and are available to check out.

Additional materials have been provided by the LGBT Queer Resource Center.


Several departments on campus are sponsoring Jessica Herthel, author of I am Jazz, to lecture at CSUF. The library is partnering with Elementary & Bilingual Education, Child and Adolescent Studies, Women & Gender Studies, and the LGBT Resource Center. Jessica Herthel will speak on October 25th in PLN 130 of the Library. Doors will open at 4pm with Titan Bookstore selling her book. Ms. Herthel’s lecture will begin at 4:15pm. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.


The curators wish to thank Trish Campbell, Exhibit Program Coordinator and Library Marketing student assistants, Lauren Condina and Karen Vazquez, for their work on the web page, graphics, and editing. Another big thank you to the library exhibit students Cristina Omidsalar, Emily Pillai, Renee Jean, and Mariana Peñaloza for their assistance with furniture logistics. Finally, a big thank you to students Lauren Fukawa and David Gutierrez for their assistance with this display, including the creation of the signs, handouts, and symbols game.


You are welcome to visit the websites listed below for more information.

Exhibit Location

On exhibition September 29, 2017 - October 27, 2017, in the First Floor North, Pollak Library .