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The Care and Feeding of a Library


Three reasons why you need to support your library or understand the care and feeding of your Diversity Library is being brought to you by the director of the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library.

#1.  The NIDL saves valuable stories: While most people think of books when they are asked about what they think libraries are, I would propose that what the NIDL is about stories.   Now you may think that, "well of course books are stories" but let us consider the power of stories.  Most of the civil rights advances in the last several decades have been advanced as politicians and the general public have heard the testimonies or stories of LGBTQ+ people and their allies.  Even in recent times we can see that the advances made in LGBTQ+ civil rights are fragile and in need of protection.  The NIDl has collected these stories in several formats.  The stories are not just the current stories that there are LGBTQ+ people in Fort Wayne and the NE Indiana area but also the past stories of the LGBTQ+ people to prove that there has always been LGBTQ+ people here.  Your NIDL has been collection and preserving these stories from times back when it was a crime to publish and share these stories across state lines or in the US MAIL and being LGBTQ+ was a criminal offense.

#2.   The NIDL is the largest collection of women's history in the area:  The fight for the Feminist Movement and the Equal Rights Amendment was largely powered in the beginning by lesbians.  The NIDL had already a large collection of these materials and newsletters until the large donation of the Joan Uebelhoar collection including not only her library of about 900+ books but her papers and collected feminist materials.  The NIDL digitized about 25 reel-to-reel tapes of a feminist program from 1975-8 called "Bread and Roses" aired on WOWO Radio as a public service.  The collection has an original copy of "Our Bodies, Ourselves" published before they added a cover; a signed copy of "Puling Our Own Strings" (the most famouse of feminist humor books); and a pamphlet from 1922 by Elizabeth K Stanton.  Your NIDL has the stories of women's history of NE Indiana.

#3.   The NIDL is your Library for you and your community:  The mission of the NIDL has always been to not only procure and preserve stories, books and collections but also to make those materials accessible and available for LGBTQ+ people and their allies to advance self-discovery and community awareness.  The NIDL has always has made it a point to network with the community in many ways as well as provide space for meeting of support groups feeling safe within the library's space.  The NIDL is your library whether LGBTQ+ or an ally.

Since ... 

The NIDL was told to leave Purdue's Helmke Library and campus in March 0f 2018 and NIDL Board has been working hard to protect and fund the storage of this collection.  On two years of PRIDE Days the NIDL's volunteers have passed out over 400 brochures with our GoFundMe effort and fund raisers.  As The NIDL director I have reached out to welcoming churches, other non-for-profits and community agencies and filed for grants to not only raise awareness but also to raise funds with only limited success.  Recently the NIDL hosted a group from the Indiana State Library to share access with our collection but to remind them that Fort Wayne is still part of Indiana and that Fort Wayne History is Indiana history.  We want to keep your Diversity library local and in Fort Wayne.

We need your help NOW with a donation to our operating fund until such time we can find a new home and work to get a flow of income, you would help save a big part of LGBTQ+ and Women's History.  You can either send a check to NIDL P.O. Box 5537 Fort Wayne, IN 46895 or by going to the PayPal link on the homepage.  Please won't you help support your library now?

It's time for PRIDE Prom!

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Pride Prom- April 22nd

Calhoun Street Soup, Salad & Spririt's Tiger Room

7-10pm; all ages

$5/ person or $8/ couple

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Seeking Experiences With Healthcare


Please distribute to anyone/everyone you think would be interested in participating, along with my email address: 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and cell phone  260-450-9384  for persons to contact to schedule participation.

"I am asking self-identified lesbians and gay men to help “inform” a research proposal I am developing by helping me put together a
comprehensive questionnaire for future research participants. They won’t be answering any questions about their health care per se, but rather
help me develop a list of questions/topics that providers should have addressed. Participants will be asked one question:  
                In your experience with the healthcare system, what  questions should have been asked of you, and/or what topics should havebeen discussed by your healthcare provider in order to provide better healthcare? What else would you have liked your healthcare provider doin order to provide you with better care?
The ensuing discussion should help participants remember issues with their healthcare that we should be asking about in the future study. I
will audio-record the focus groups only to supplement my recall of the discussions; recordings will be destroyed after transcription--within
one week of the group meetings." 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Jeannie D. DiClementi, Psy.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Indiana University--Purdue University Ft. Wayne

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

SCOTUSThe Supreme Court on Wednesday, June 26th, struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law signed by President Clinton that defined marriage as between a man and a woman for the purpose of federal law.

The decision was 5-4, with the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy — who also wrote the court’s historic gay rights decisions in Romer v. Evans and Lawrence v. Texas.  Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and John Roberts all filed dissents.  Justice Clarence Thomas joined Scalia’s dissent, and joined Alito’s in part, while Roberts joined Scalia’s in part.  Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Kennedy’s majority opinion.

What issues did the Court have to decide on?  Three issues were focused on... the first was the equal protection issue. The second was whether the fact that the executive branch agrees with Windsor means that there isn’t a real controversy in this case, meaning the court doesn’t have jurisdiction. The third was whether BLAG (the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group) would be harmed by DOMA being overturned, and thus whether it has standing to defend the law (a friend-of-the-court brief by Harvard professor Vicki Jackson wrote that even Congress doesn’t have standing, and even if it did, BLAG wouldn’t).

Justice Kennedy’s ruling held that the court had jurisdiction in the case, effectively ruling that there was a real controversy and that BLAG had standing to defend the law.  For Justice Kennedy, his ruling was based on his judgment that DOMA violates the equal protection clause.  Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment states: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

At NIDL we celebrate the Court's decision but realize there will and is more work to be done in the area of equal rights.


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NEI LGBTQ Coalition

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The Northeast Indiana LGBTQ Coalition is a group of non-profit orgaqnizations working together and standing up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning persons in the Fort Wayne and surrounding region.



The Northeast Indiana LGBTQ Coalition seeks to enhance and support LGBTQ services in Allen County and surrounding areas by raising awareness of LGBTQ issues and engaging in education and advocacy for LGBTQ-affirming non-profit organizations.


Some current member organizations include:

  • YWCA of Northeast Indiana;
  • Safe Zone at IPFW;
  • Fort Wayne Pride; 
  • The Center for Nonviolence; 
  • Northeast Indiana Diversity Library; 
  • Fort Wayne Sexual Assault;  
  • Resource Center at IPFW;  
  • Sarah & Albert Reuben Partners in Health; 
  • Planned Parenthood of Indiana; 
  • PFLAG Fort Wayne Chapter;  
  • Congregation Achduth Vesholom;  
  • Northeast Indiana AIDS Task Force;
  • Women’s Bureau, Inc.;


 More info on this coalition will be forthcoming!


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One Voice Indiana for LGBT Health & Nondiscrimination

OneVoiceIndiana seeks to:

1.  Educate the public and our state leaders regarding public health issues unique to the LGBT community;

2. Help Hoosiers understand the potential negative consequences of discriminatory law — such as the General Assembly’s proposed HJR-6; and,

3. Create a common site for individuals and organizations to publicly show their support for all citizens of our state — affirming LGBTQ individuals, same-sex couples, and their families.

Join Angie's list, Citizens Energy Group, The Jewish Community Relations Council, The Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination, Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Mental Health America of Indiana, Lilly, Cummins, and many others in speaking with ONE LOUD AND CLEAR VOICE opposing institutionalized discrimination against our gay friends and family. Go to

To the extent that you can share this -- particularly with folks with Indiana
connections -- it will much appreciated.

Support equality for ALL Indiana citizens. Add your voice.

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Library Programs To Go!

nidl bookcartNIDL has offered and presented programs to area churches, schools and libraries on various topics.  If your church, school, library or group would like a speaker or program about either the library or on a GLBT topic please contact NIDL by phone or email.

Contact NIDL: (260) 241-7719 during our hours or leave a voice measage with your contact information.  For usually faster contact email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Programs To Go!

nidl bookcartNIDL has offered and presented programs to area churches, schools and libraries on various topics.  If your church, school, library or group would like a speaker or program about either the library, the archives or on a GLBT topic please contact NIDL by phone or email.

Contact NIDL: (260) 241-7719 during our hours or leave a voice measage with your contact information.  For usually faster contact email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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