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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 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  Due to varying keystrokes and outdated fonts NIDL staff literally had to retype almost all of each of the 76 issues.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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Sophia's Portico

Sophia's Portico

A Feminine Spirituality Center - For More Than 20 years!
Sophia's Portico, Inc., established in 1992, is an art and spirituality center focusing on the development of the feminine through education, the arts and earth-based spirituality.


Our education component consists of book discussions, workshops and presentations. In the area of arts, we sponsor an annual Winter Art Fair and "hands-on" programs. Art and spirituality inform one another and are integral in the development of the human person.

Our earth-based spirituality focuses on the celebration of the Winter and Summer Solstices, the Autumn and Spring Equinoxes and the cross-quarter days of Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas and Samhain.  We are unique in this area as very few groups offer these celebrative opportunities.  We are inclusive of creeds, cultures, genders and races and seek to nurture spiritual growth in an atmosphere of peace, freedom, dignity and justice.

 

2330 Beacon Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
 

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. Along the way, Jim must decide what to tell his parents and his girlfriend, Liz, and he must confront an old acquaintance who unexpectedly comes back into his life.

Praise for Wallaconia:

"Keenly and precisely, Pratt depicts the voyage of a boy who wins his own sense of manhood. A wonder-fully written, original coming-of-age tale." – Michael Graves, Lambda Literary

“Sharp, focused, super-intense, and special. It’s rare to find a novel with such a beautifully rendered friendship between a young gay man and an older mentor. I’ll remember the relationship between Jim and Pat for a long, long time.” —Bill Konigsberg, author of Openly Straight and The Porcupine of Truth

Author Bio:

David Pratt won a 2011 Lambda Literary Award for his novel Bob the Book. He published a collection of stories, My Movie, in 2012, and another novel, Looking After Joey, in 2014. Praise for David Pratt’s Work:

For Bob the Book: “A rare and extraordinary accomplishment.”—Lambda Literary

For My Movie: “Character-driven narratives that cannily encapsulate small personal revelations and lead to gratifying endings.”—Lambda Literary; “An important voice in LGBT literature.”—Examiner.com

For Looking After Joey: “The laughs never stop coming; neither do the deep truths this tender book reveals on every page.”—Joel Derfner, author of Swish

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