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LGBTQ+ Performing Arts Resources at the Library of Congress

Event Videos

Many of the concerts and talks presented by the Library of Congress and the Music Division have been recorded and made available online to view from anywhere. Below are a few relevant videos pertaining to LGBTQ+ topics.

In concert with her acclaimed vocal ensemble, Meredith Monk illustrates her range as a composer and her engagement with performance as a vehicle for spiritual transformation.

In this anniversary year for Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Callahan delves into the under-explored realm of the physicality of Bernstein's conducting practices, including the role of sexuality from Bernstein's and his critics' perspectives. Additionally, the carefully crafted choreography of Bernstein's conducting will be supported by documentation from unpublished films and materials from the Leonard Bernstein Collection in the Library of Congress.

This special panel-and-performance event spotlights the personal collection of composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn. Saxophonist Chris Potter, Strayhorn biographer David Hajdu and jazz scholar Walter van de Leur join the composer's niece A. Alyce Claerbaut (president, Strayhorn Songs Inc.) and nephew Gregory A. Morris for an introduction to a jazz treasure recently acquired by the Library of Congress.

Explore the history of disco music, dance and culture in this afternoon symposium presented in association with Brightest Young Things, The Recording Academy, Capital Pride and the District of Columbia Library Association. Introduction and The Craft of Making Disco Balls (00:20): Carla Hayden, Rhona Wolfe Friedman, Toni Grady Lehring, Yolanda Ayers Baker, Robert Newlen Two Perspectives on Beyoncé's African Dance References (24:34): Martin Scherzinger Disco: The Bill Bernstein Photographs (54:24) Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture (01:28:05): Alice Echols Panel Discussion, Q&A (01:58:04) Martin Scherzinger, Bill Bernstein, Alice Echols, Nick Brown Interview: "I Will Survive" (02:53:16): Gloria Gaynor, Robin Roberts

Deputy Librarian of Congress Robert Newlen interviewed fashion icon and native-Washingtonian Tim Gunn about the history of fashion in the disco era and its impact on modern fashion. Part of Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque presented in association with Brightest Young Things, the Recording Academy, Capital Pride and the District of Columbia Library Association.

The Library hosted the all-new "Fab Five" from the Netflix show "Queer Eye" in conversation with Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with the Washington Post, exploring how LGBTQ youth empowerment has become a popular culture phenomenon. LGBTQ youth from the Washington, D.C. area participated, including the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), GenOUT Choir, Wanda Alston House, Latin American Youth Center, congressional staff and students from American University and Georgetown University.