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After generous donors provided the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at California State with almost 500 gay and lesbian titles, it has become the country’s largest resource for young LGBTQ readers. Jennifer Crow, the center’s literary services specialist, said:
“This collection is really important because people need to be able to see themselves in literature and equally important for others to see people different from themselves in literature in order to see that they might not be so different.” [Collegian]
CA Teacher Union Elects Gay VP: Openly gay Eric Heins will serve as Vice President for the California Teachers Association. He has promised to fight for students and teachers in the face of cutbacks for public education.
“I felt I needed to step up to the plate and fight back,” Heins explained in an interview with the Bay Area Reporter. [EBAR]
Book Fair Fills Gap for Montreal’s LGBT Community: The fourth annual Queer Between the Covers book fair was held on Saturday, Aug. 13, in Montreal. Featuring works from artists across Canada, the event began to celebrate LGBT literature in the face of bookstore closures. Organizer Ashley Fortier told the Montreal Gazette:
“There’s a thriving diverse queer community in Montreal, but small bookstores in general really struggle to survive and that’s the main reason for there not being a queer bookstore here anymore. It’s the nature of the publishing world these days.” [MontrealGazette]
London-Based Gay Bookstore Attacked: While rioters in London left most bookstores unscathed, Gay’s The Word in Bloomsbury was not given amnesty. On Aug. 8, staffers arrived at the shop to find that the front window had been smashed with a rock and books in the display window had been egged.
Assistant Manager Uli Lenart told reporters, “We are just relieved that the rock wasn’t followed by a match.” [Economist]
Interview: Queer Photographer A.J. Epstein: Photographer A.J. Epstein has depicted gay history after Stonewall through his many photographs that have been displayed at the MoMA and numerous other galleries across the nation.
His latest, Queer Culture, has been turned into a book. A second collection of photos detailing the world of women’s roller derby will be released this summer. The Windy City Times spoke to Epstein about his art, inspirations, and what’s next. [WindyCityMedia]
Interview: Author Rebecca Alpert: Religion Dispatches chatted with lesbian rabbi Rebecca Alpert about being both Jewish and a lesbian and her latest work on Jews in black baseball. [ReligionDispatches]
Three Named to LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame: William Door Lambert Legg, Don Michaels, and Michelangelo Signorile are the most recent inductees into the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s Hall of Fame. The three journalists will be honored at an awards ceremony at the LGBT Media Summit on Aug. 27. Click here to read about their contributions to the LGBT community.