Friday, 5 October 2012

50 Shades of Gay: Manchester Libraries and the Lesbian and Gay Foundation celebrate International Coming Out Day

Manchester Libraries and The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) are heading out on the town to celebrate International Coming Out Day.

LGF’s pink closet will be touring Manchester city centre on Thursday October 11 2012, giving members of the public the chance to ‘come out’ of it and have their picture taken.

Manchester Libraries will be joining LGF on Canal Street at 2pm to launch ‘Fifty Shades of Gay’, a new selection of the best in LGBT writing which highlights the work of librarians’ favourite 50 new and classic authors.

The ‘Fifty Shades…’ selection of books takes you on a journey through backstreet bars, Victorian society, Indian history, gothic horror, sports locker rooms, 1920’s village life and back to Manchester for some Sunday afternoon poetry.

The books, including titles by Stephen Fry, Alan Hollinghurst, Carol Anne Duffy and Christopher Isherwood, can be found at City Library (Elliot House, Deansgate) and at Chorlton Library. A collection of books by the selected authors is also available for download in e-format or as audio from the library's Download service.

City Library also has a new collection of LGBT DVDs, ranging from the raw, intimate portrait of lost love ‘Break My Fall’ to ‘Milk’, the classic biopic of gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

We'll be writing about a different book from the selection here on the Lit List every Friday in October and November.

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