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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 in six was the Kinsey Institute's estimate of homosexuals in the population.) from late 1980 to 1987.  The TROIS was started by GLO or the Gay, Lesbian Organization here in Fort Wayne, IN and the first major newsletter of the community center that became known as Up The Stairs  The TROIS was a typewritten newsletter and Computers hate typewriters.  Due to varying keystrokes and outdated fonts NIDL staff literally had to retype almost all of each of the 76 issues. 

The TROIS project took two and a half years from beginning to end.

 

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The Library's Hours:

Evenings: Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday 7:00-10:00 p.m.*

Daytimes: Tuesday & Friday 12:00 Noon-3:00 p.m.
 
Other times by appointment call (260) 481-0783.
*Closed Evenings during the Summer -- May through August 24th! 

Check the NIDL Calendar or "NIDL Programs" for groups meeting at NIDL !

 

NIDL is located in room B41 on the basement level of the Helmke Library on IPFW's campus.  A parking garage with free parking is available just East of the building at the end of E. Campus Drive.  Handicap parking is in the lot just South of the Library at the end of E. Campus Drive.  Meters are also available in the lot just South but are only for 30 minutes.  On the IPFW Campus Map look for the Helmke Library or building (7).

NIDL's presence on the IPFW Campus is a collaboration between the Fort Wayne Community Educational Center, Inc., IPFW, and the Walter E. Helmke Library.

 

Donations:

NIDL shares the Fort Wayne Community Educational Centers' 501(c)(3) status and donations are tax deductible.  Make checks out to "NIDL" and mail them to the address below. We need your support to the Library at this time which is crucial for the preservation of our GLBT library and for the library's future.  Please, won't you consider giving a tax-deductable gift of support so that this library will not be lost to our community?  The library also warmly welcomes donations of  materials.

 

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NIDL
P. O. Box 5537
Fort Wayne, IN  46895
 

Crossdresser's Discussion Group

About the group:
We would like to let any crossdresser out there know that they are not alone.  During the Helmke Library Refresh ...the Crossdresser's Discussion Group will meets the third Sunday of the month from 7pm till 9 PM @ After Dark bar on 112 W Masterson AvenueThere are a lot of different topics talked about. So come on out and join in on the fun.
 

crossdressDonations are accepted but never required.  
Contact:
Discussion leader Will @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Schedule for meetings:
The group meets the 3rd Sunday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. at After Dark bar on112 W Masterson Avenue.

Horizons Youth Group

About Horizons Youth Group: horizons
Horizons offers a safe space for GLBT teens and their allied friends to socialize with others and learn about themselves in Fort Wayne and the surrounding Northeast Indiana areaHorizons was established by UTSCC in 1997.  It is a social group for GLBT youth in middle school and high school.  
 
 
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Horizons is primarily a social/discussion group.  However, this format also serves as an educational and support network.  If you are a teen in middle school or high school who wants a group where you can be yourself or if you are a parent, counselor or teacher who knows gay teens who could benefit from this group please feel free to contact NIDL for more details or email to the address below with Horizons in the subject line. 
 
Hey teens!  If you need to talk to someone about anything... feel free to use the contact below.  We make great listeners!
   
Contact:
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Normal Regular meetings are: Thursday Nights @ 7:30-9:oo PM

Donations:  As a NIDL-sponsored group, the Horizons Youth Group shares  the Fort Wayne Community Educational Center's 501(c)(3) status and donations are tax deductible.  Make checks out to "NIDL" and note them for Horizons in the memo.

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