The purpose of Day of Silence is to raise awareness about anti-LGBTQ discrimination, harassment, and bullying; as resistance to attempts to prevent LGBTQ people and their allies from speaking out against the treatment they face. Some observances take place in two parts: first, not speaking during the school day, and then a later ‘breaking the silence’ event. Read more from The Educators’ Guide to the Day of Silence by GLSEN.
Inspired by historical examples of non-violent protest, freshman University of Virginia student Maria Pulzetti decided to organize a demonstration at her college for LGBT awareness. The next year, classmate Jessie Gillman decided to help publicize the event. Started by and initially focused on undergrads, part of the goal of the day is to highlight student needs and efforts for self-advocacy. This eventually led to it gaining recognition and sponsorship from GLSEN, which coordinates the observance nationwide.
Looking for Digital Library Resources?
- Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy by Eric Darnell Pritchard
- Preservation and Place: Historic Preservation by and of LGBTQ Communities in the United States by Katherine Crawford-Lackey and Megan E. Springate
- Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings by Juana Maria Rodriguez
- Out in Central Pennsylvania: The History of an LGBTQ Community by William Burton and Barry Loveland
- Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place in Sports by Cyd Zeigler
Journals and Magazines
DVDs and Streaming
- Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) on Swank
- Moonlight (2017)
- The Color Purple (2003)
- Rent (2006)
- The Imitation Game (2015)
- Call Me By Your Name (2018)
Browsing the Library
Tips for Browsing the Stacks
A good way to find resources on this subject is to look first by general subject and then narrow by topics on gender, sexuality, and/ or specific time period/ historical event. Generally, most items will be found under H for social sciences: HM for sociology and/ or HQ for family, marriage, and women. Within sociology, items covering social and political organizing are found under HM831-901 for social change. To look for books by letter of the LGBTQIA+ alphabet, explore the HQ 71-8 range.
For historical analyses, browse through E and F for American history. Generally, materials will be found under E29 for elements in the population when treated as a minority group. Post-Stonewall era coverage is included in E838-840.8 for decades 1961-2000. When specifically searching for AIDS activism, search through E876-880 for the Reagan administration. Another place to look is F856-870 which covers local history of California for books on San Francisco.
Selections from the Children’s Section
Young Adult Literature
- You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
- The Stars and The Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Selections from the Social Justice Collection
- Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
- All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks
- How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
- Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis
- Collected Essays by James Baldwin
From the Web
In Need of Some Primary Sources?
- LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive from the Library of Congress
- Explore the Committee for the Civil Rights of Homosexuals Records at the Quaker Meeting Records at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- View the Interactive AIDS Quilt from the National AIDS Memorial
- Check out the Primary Source Set: Religion And Spirituality from the GLBT Historical Society Museum & Archive
This year we highlight lesbian activist and library advocate Barbara Gittings. In the process of coming to terms with her identity, she visited her local library to look for resources but found only discouraging materials instead of helpful ones. From then on, Gittings dedicated her life to ensuring that other people like herself could live in a world without discrimination. At Warner Memorial Library, we observe Day of Silence out of respect for our LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.
- Refuge at Eastern University
- Resource Round-up: Resources for LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Pennsylvania from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office
- Key LGBT Resources for Christians
- Welcoming Congregations Map from the National LGBTQ Task Force
- The Trevor Project – a free, confidential resource for LGBT youth