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LGBTQ+ Performing Arts Resources at the Library of Congress

Blog Posts

Many blog posts—from the Music Division blog, In the Muse, the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center blog, Now See Hear! and the main Library of Congress blog—discuss relevant LGBTQ+ materials and artists in performing arts collections. Included here are a selection of these blog posts.

You can also search using the LGBTQ tag in each blog:

In the Muse Blog Posts

Now See Hear! Blog Posts

  • Lilli Vincenz and the Power of Pride
    This post describes some of the films in the Lilli Vincenz Papers and includes digitized versions of The Second Largest Minority and Gay and Proud.

Library of Congress Blog Posts

  • Pride in the Library: LGBTQ+ Voices in the Library's Collections
    The collections of the Library of Congress tell the rich and diverse story of LGBTQ+ life in America and around the world. To share this story, the Library organized a three-day “pop-up” display from June 8 through 10 featuring selections from its extensive LGBTQ+ holdings.
  • “Dearest Lenny”: Leonard Bernstein's Love Letters from Japan
    Scholar Mari Yoshihara's latest book, published fall 2019, is Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro. She researched it using the Leonard Bernstein Collection in the Library’s Music Division. Here she answers a few questions about the book and her experience at the Library.
  • "Queer Eye" for the Library
    The cast of the Netflix series “Queer Eye” came to the Library for an on-stage conversation with Jonathan Capehart, the Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist and MSNBC commentator.
  • Learning the Backstory to "Rent"
    Members of the touring cast of Rent come to view Jonathan Larson's materials about the show.
  • Documenting Dance: The Making of "Appalachian Spring"
    This post tells the story of the ballet Appalachian Spring, which was commissioned by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge and premiered at the Library of Congress's Coolidge Auditorium. The ballet, with choreography by Martha Graham and music by Aaron Copland, is one of the most well-known dance works of the twentieth century.