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Giving Tuesday 2017

Just when you thought we forgot about Giving Tuesday...  It seems this year, 2017, both at PRIDE Day but also from other organizations the staff and Diversity Library keep getting thanked for saving and keeping the history of the local LGBTQ community.  Sometimes the all-volunteer staff in their labors at the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library are so busy giving of themselves and focusing on their tasks that time is needed to step back and see what "The Little Library That Could" has accomplished.  That together the volunteers' work is really appreciated.   December 2, 2014, there was a call to action that changed the calendar and help make history. A celebrated day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for Giving Tuesday – a movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the holiday giving season.  If you missed Tuesday there is still time for you to give but you may also ask just where do your dollars go? Maintaining and adding to NIDL's circulating collection which includes the software and computers to process materials and circulate them to library patrons. Preserving archival materials through digitization and safe storage of these materials. Access to materials through cataloging, indexing,…

Digital Archive News-Rainbow Reader

The Northeast Indiana Diversity Library has been digitizing local items to preserve and to make these accessible items to the public. NIDL is happy to announce that all eleven books from 1997 to 2009 of the Rainbow Reader have completed our first step toward being digitized. These 117 issues of the UP The Stairs Community Center's second major newsletter are already to peruse by clicking our Digital Archives button. How to Search NIDL Archives on MDON If the title "TROIS" is put into a keyword search it will bring up 81 issues due to the fact that the TROIS was mentioned in five of the Rainbow Readers. Using the "Advanced Search" and looking up TROIS as the "Title" will bring up the 76 issues of the newsletter by themselves. Since historical articles were written in both newsletters using either keyword or advance searches are excellent ways to look up names, places or topics in Fort Wayne LGBTQ+ history. This process is not only costly in dollars but also time volunteers spent in cleaning up the metadata behind the images so that keyword searches for information are available. Our first digitized newsletter was the TROIS: Three Rivers One In Six (One…

Transgender Stories Night In South Bend

Transgender Stories Night Hosted by Andrea Naomi Leask Petrass Thursday, November 16 at 7 PM - 10 PM Vegetable Buddies 129 N Michigan, South Bend, Indiana 46601 A group of trans and gender non-binary locals will be on hand to share a bit of their journey. It is sure to be an eye opening and enlightening evening of story tellingMusic provided for the event.

An Evening With David Pratt

On October 12th, 2017 the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library (NIDL) is hosting both a Writing Workshop and an Author Visit with Lambda Literary Awarded author David Pratt that will be free to the public. The Author Visit, at 7:30 pm, will include a reading by the David Pratt from his new novel “Wallaconia” (woll-uh-SO-nee-uh) and copies will be available for purchase and signing. This event will be held on the IPFW campus in the Helmke Library’s 1st floor reading areaand close parking is at either parking garages 1 or 2. Join us for a pleasant evening with books, nibbles and author David Pratt. (The NIDL would like to thank CS3 or Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits for providing the “nibbles”) Book Description: “My name is James Howard Wallace, and I always wanted to be normal.” Every young man should have a mentor. Jim Wallace is about to prove for good and all how “normal” he is when he finds himself getting close to Pat Baxter, his neighbor next door. Pat befriends Jim, reveals to him his own heartbreaking story, and in the end helps him know who he really is and where he wants to go with his life.…

A Workshop with Author David Pratt

On October 12th, 2017 the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library (NIDL) is hosting both a Writing Workshop and an Author Visit with Lambda Literary Awarded author David Pratt that will be free to the public. The writing workshop, at 1:30 pm, will be limited so to register call 481-0783 or email the NIDL at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a seat. This workshop will be held on the IPFW campus in the Helmke Library’s 1st floor conference room and close parking is at either parking garages 1 or 2. Participants will do free or structured writing based around some very open and flexible prompts. We will also discuss where writing ideas can come from and how they can be shaped and reshaped. Finally, we will brainstorm about creative, outside-of-the-box ways to get your work to an audience. Bring your favorite writing materials or devices to be comfortable.

Add LGBTQ Books To Your Summer Reading!

June in not only LGBTQ PRIDE Month but also the start of Summer Reading seasons everywhere.  Many local libraries have Summer Reading Programs to earn prizes and books so why not add a good LGBTQ book to your reading this Summer?            GLBT Book Awards and Bibliographies from ALA The American Library Association supports GLBT literature through the Stonewall Book Awards, as well as two bibliographies including Rainbow Books and Over the Rainbow Books. These awards and lists serve to recognize the very best in contemporary literature and serve as invaluable tools for building quality GLBT collections. Stonewall Book Awards - The first and longest-enduring award for GLBT literature Rainbow Books - LGBTQ Books for Kids and Teens Over the Rainbow Books - LGBT Books for Adult Readers   Ingram book Publisher provides this list:  

Pride 2017

Pride 2017 will be held July 21-22 at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. This 2 day event features vendors (food and goods) and lot's of entertainment! Entertainment: Friday Sum Morz Night to Remember D.J. Trend Saturday Finding Friday Kristen Ford Chris Worth Blu Janes Alise King Edison Jonathon Celesten DJ Tab FW's Finest Drag Show Find out more at:

2017 AIDS Walk

NORTHEAST INDIANA POSITIVE RESOURCE CONNECTION INC Please join us on Saturday, May 20th for AIDS Walk 2017 — Be A Hero! This is the 21st annual Northeast Indiana AIDS Walk. Your participation can make a meaningful difference in the lives of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS Walk is the largest fundraiser for the Northeast Indiana Positive Resource Connection. Your donations serve Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Kosciosko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties through the programs and services of this agency. Please be a Hero and build your page to start a team. Invite your friends and family to register, join your team or donate today. Be a HERO! To register:

ONA 16th Anniversary Workshops & Celebration Party

Plymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne will be hosting workshops for their 16th Anniversary. Topics include: Legal Issues for the LGBTQ Community, History of LGBTQ Movement in Politics, Nationally and Indiana, Transgenderism & Family Life, Indiana Youth Group, and Thrive: Dare to be Powerful, suicide prevention and also will have a film: Fish Out of Water following the workshops. That evening, CS3 will host a Celebration Party from 7pm-10pm. More info can be found at their website at:

Transgender Day of Visibility--March 31st

The International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. The first International Transgender Day of Visibility was held on March 31, 2009.

HIV Advocacy Day

 Join us at the Statehouse to engage with our legislators! We will give an update on the current science regarding HIV and HIV prevention. We will discuss Syringe Exchange Programs, Healthcare and Insurance issues around HIV, and the need to modernize HIV criminal laws. Lunch will be served and there will be a chance to speak with your legislator. Please register so we can introduce you to your legislator and invite them to our advocacy day. Printed tickets are not required. There will be a registration table the day of the event.

Here & Queer: A Valentine's Day Affair

The Cinema Center presents a FREE screening of: But I'm a Cheerleader at 8pm on February 14th. There will be a party at 6pm! Come and join in the festivities. Sponsored by: Three Rivers Co-op, Northeast IN Diversity Library, After Dark, and Pint and Slice.

Tragic Shooting In Orlando FL

Sunday morning a lone gunman walked into the Pulse Nightclub and killed 50 people and wounded 53 others in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and the second largest terrorist attack since 9/11. Locally there will be a memorial service Monday night (6-13) at Plymouth Congregational Church @ 6 PM and a Peaceful vigil will be held at the Courthouse Green @ 7 PM. "Our hearts go out to the victims and their families from the staff at the Northeast Indiana Diversiy Library. We have documented violence both locally and nationally over the years and remind people that these victims are friends, neighbors, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, fathers, mothers, and spouses to many other people whom their lives touched." Soctt Mertz--Director of NIDL 
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Pride 2016

Fort Wayne Pride 2016 will be held on July 22-23 at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne. The two day event features live entertainment, vendor market, a beer tent, concessions, workshops, tournaments, KidSpace, & fun with family. There are a variety of opportunities available for businesses and individuals who are looking to support Pride in the Fort including sponsorship, vendors, and volunteering. Pride is committed to bringing events throughout the year to our community, check out our events page for more info. Visit for event times and more information.
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