Sheffield Library have added 100 books to celebrate LGBT History Month

The month aims to promote diversity and equality

Sheffield Library have marked LGBT History Month by adding 100 new titles to their collection, bringing the total of books to more than 300. 

The new books to hit the shelves will include stories of activism, biographies from LGBT authors, modern classic fiction and will also include advice and support titles looking at how to deal with LGBT issues.

Marked in the UK every February,  the extra 100 titles have been added to celebrate LGBT History Month, aiming to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.

Working towards this aim, Sheffield City Council hopes to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their history, lives and their experiences within the city and wider community.

The news comes after Sheffield Uni was named one of the most gay-friendly places to work last month, ranked 61st in the UK by Stonewall.

South Yorkshire Police have also begun offering guidance regarding LGBT hate crime in the city this month,  working with a unique pop-up cafe in Union Street to advise and build relationships with the Sheffield LGBT community.

Speaking of the collection, which can be loaned from all branches of the Central Lending Library, Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards said: “The libraries in Sheffield are for everyone and we want everyone to feel catered for.

“It’s great more titles have been added with LGBT interests but I hope all people will enjoy them.

“Patrick Gale, Stella Duffy and Armistead Maupin are particular favourites of mine so I’ll be in the queue.”

A one- woman cabaret-style musical show will be performed at the Central Lending Library to mark the history month on Friday 26 February, while the Pride Sheffield festival will take place this summer at Endcliffe Park on Saturday 30 July.