GLBTIC Celebrates 20 Years

Member Cy Behroozi invites SLA 2015 attendees to celebrate in Boston.

It’s fitting that the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Caucus (GLBTIC) will celebrate a milestone – its 20th anniversary – in one of the most LGBT-embracing places in the U.S.  I still remember hearing reports from friends and on the news about celebrations on the steps of town halls across the Commonwealth – it was 2004 and marriage equality for LGBT folks became the law in Massachusetts.  The first jurisdiction in the U.S. to recognize same-sex marriages, Massachusetts shifted the movement for marriage equality in the U.S. into high gear.

Behroozi_CyNine years earlier, in 1995, more than 100 attended the first meeting of GLIC (years later changed to the more inclusive GLBTIC) at the SLA annual conference in Montreal.  Its purpose was to address issues of interest to LGBT member and those who support LGBT issues.  Richard Hulser, who along with David Jank convened the first meeting, described the excitement in the caucus’s first newsletter: “With standing room only (how wonderful!), the meeting was called to order … [and] rainbow stickers were handed out to anyone who wanted to wear one on their conference badge.  How wonderful to see these colors grace the crowd.”

Over the next two decades, GLBTIC served its constituents by co-hosting conference sessions like “Forming Employee Groups,” “AIDS Information Networks,” and “Prejudice in LC Subject Cataloging,” and by hosting a parade of distinguished guest speakers.  Among them were Ellen Greenblatt, who co-wrote the ground-breaking book Gay and Lesbian Library Service; Charles Francis, who spoke about the papers of gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny; and representatives from groups like Seattle’s Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project and the University of Victoria Library’s Transgender Archives.

The parade of speakers continues this year.  To help us celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Karen Krahulik to the SLA annual conference in Boston.  Dr. Krahulik is an associate dean at New York University, and will discuss her book Provincetown: From Pilgrim Landing to Gay Resort.  Situated at the tip of Cape Cod, and an easy drive or ferry ride from Boston, Provincetown has a charming and lively town center, a vibrant arts scene, vast areas of natural beauty, and a large and welcoming LGBT community.  Please join us on Monday, June 15, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. when Dr. Krahulik tells us about the town’s fascinating evolution.  It may entice you to pay a post-conference visit to this unique and wonderful gay resort.

GLBTIC will wrap up its celebration with a champagne toast at its annual no-host dinner on Tuesday, June 16, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Club Café, 209 Columbus Avenue in Boston. Mark your calendars and please RSVP by June 2.

We can’t think of a better place to celebrate GLBTIC’s 20th anniversary than in Boston – capital of Massachusetts, a leader in marriage equality and so many other issues important to the LGBT community, and a stone’s throw from Provincetown, one of the most LGBT-welcoming places on Earth.  Please join us in our celebration.  See you in Boston!

Cy Behroozi joined the Brookings Institution, a D.C.-based policy think tank, as library director in 2006.  He is responsible for both the library and institutional archives.  Cy holds a BA in Geography and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, both from Rutgers University, as well as an MLS from the University of Maryland.

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One response to “GLBTIC Celebrates 20 Years”

  1. Rich Surich says:

    “O beautiful for patriot dream
    That sees beyond the years
    Thine alabaster cities gleam
    Undimmed by human tears!”
    – Katharine Lee Bates

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