Monday, July 11, 2016

We're everywhere, even in theater (imagine!)

Our recent discussion of Michael Sherry's Gay Artists in Modern American Culture: An Imagined Conspiracy triggered a memory of a "Doonesbury" strip from the late 1980s/early 1990s that is very much on point.  Alas, I no longer have the actual comic, and my efforts to find it online have been in vain.  So the best I can do is to share the following description of the episode I found online:

"I was looking for an old Doonesbury strip where Jeremy Cavendish learned someone was gay, and said he hoped none of those people ever got into the arts. It was really well done."

(The posting that inspired this comment is well worth reading in its own right, by the way, as are the other comments.)

If any of you happen to have a Doonesbury collection from that era and find that strip, do let me know!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Collecting LGBT at the LoC

The following article appeared last week in the Library of Congress Gazette, an in-house staff rag. It reports on an hour-long symposium in which the speakers discussed the LGBT collecting policies at the Library. The interest of the Library in LGBT materials has understandably increased in recent years. While there is certainly much more to collection policies and the handling of these particular materials than presented here, still, this may be of interest to members of BookmenDC. (Click the image to read the article.) —Giogio