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Rainbow Book Month

Book covers representing the rainbow.

Hunter Library joins hundreds of libraries in celebration of June as Rainbow Book Month™, a national celebration of authors and books that reflect LGBTQIA+ experiences. We are committed to developing diverse and inclusive collections, including the very best in LGBTQIA+ literature.

Stonewall Awards (ALA)

The Stonewall Book Awards for LGBTQIA+ books, which started in 1971, is sponsored by the American Library Association's Rainbow Round Table. Awards are given for literature, nonfiction, children's, and young adult books for "exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience."

Ferro-Grumley Award

The Ferro-Grumley Award is an annual literary award since 1990, presented by the Ferro-Grumley Foundation and The Publishing Triangle to a book deemed the year's best work of LGBTQ fiction.

Lambda Literary Award

For over 30 years, the Lambda Literary Awards (or “Lammys”) have maintained a proud tradition of celebrating vibrant, dynamic LGBTQ storytelling. The Lambda Literary Awards were created to garner national visibility for LGBTQ books.