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The Color Purple

Celie, who is at the bottom of America's social caste, is a poor, black, ugly and uneducated female in the America's Jim Crow South in the first half of the 20th century. She is the victim of constant rape, violence and misogynistic verbal abuse.The Color Purple demonstrates how Celie learns to fight back and how she discovers her true sexuality and her unique voice. 

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You're Not from Around Here, Are You?

This is a funny, moving story about life in a small town as a pregnant lesbian. This is a cautionary, wise, and celebratory tale about what it's like to be different in America--both the good and the bad. A depiction of small town life with all its comforts and its terrors, this memoir speaks to anyone who has felt like an outsider in America. 

The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray

More than 120 years after Oscar Wilde submitted The Picture of Dorian Gray for publication in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, the uncensored version of his novel appears here for the first time. This volume restores all of the material removed by the novel's first editor. Wilde did not see these changes until his novel appeared in print. 

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These books from are available through the practice of Controlled Digital Lending. Learn more about CDL and its recent role in the online library here

Prideland on PBS

Follow queer actor Dyllón Burnside on a journey to discover how LGBTQ Americans are finding ways to live authentically and with pride in the modern South. This short-form digital series has three minisodes followed by an hour-long special. View the first episode below:


Pride Month Video Collection

This collection put together by Films on Demand explores the many sides of LGBT living to provide informative and moving content. Some selections are featured below:


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Recent News

Supreme Court rules existing civil rights law protects LGBTQ workers

"The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday, June 15 that existing federal law forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status, a major victory for advocates of gay rights — and a surprising one from an increasingly conservative court." 

Transgender health protections reversed by Trump administration

"The Trump administration on Friday, June 12 finalized a rule that would remove nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people when it comes to health care and health insurance." 

Local Organizations

Open Up at Salem Academy and College

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"Open Up is an LGBTQIA+ organization alliance at Salem College. Its purpose is to educate members of the Salem community on the topic of sexuality and its effects on people in our everyday society. Open Up is a forum for the exchange of ideas, views, perceptions, and opinions. It provides a safe space for students to share these feelings and experiences without fear of harassment or ridicule. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to be a part of Open Up."


North Star LGBTQ Community Center 

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"North Star is Winston-Salem’s LGBTQ Community Center. North Star seeks to empower and enrich the lives of LGBTQ people in the Triad area. We offer various social, support, and educational opportunities for adults & youth." Located on 930 Burke St, Winston-Salem, it provides opportunities for group activities, community involvement, and volunteering. 

Pride Winston-Salem

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Pride Winston-Salem hosts the annual Pride Festival Parade and Food Truck Rodeo every October. Even though the 2020 festival has been canceled in consideration of the health and well-being of community members, Pride Winston-Salem continues to provide educational and community building programs virtually. They are most active on their Facebook page

PFLAG Winston-Salem

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"Since 1988, PFLAG Winston-Salem has been providing support to the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County area by helping LGBTQ+ individuals, their families, and friends through support - to cope with an adverse society, education - to enlighten an ill-informed public, and advocacy - to end discrimination and secure equal rights for everyone."

National Organization and Websites

GLAAD (previously Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) works to promote positive and accurate media depictions of the LGBTQ community. You can find publications, reports, and more meant to help educate yourself and others. 

Human Rights Campaign is a civil rights organization focused on achieving equality for LGBTQ people. Their resources include national and local reviews of policies affecting the LGBTQ community, guidance and education, opportunities for involvement, and more. 

National Center for Transgender Equality is dedicated to changing policies to "replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice." There is a wealth of information on the issues that affect trans people; help with document changes, health coverage, and trans rights; and opportunities for community involvement. 

The Point Foundation grants scholarships to LGBTQ students, helps find internship and leadership development opportunities, and offers other resources to help prepare the next generation of leaders. 

The Gender & Sexuality Action Committee of the American Medical Student Association combats sexism and heterosexism by ensuring equal access to medical care and education. It provides programs on inclusive sexual health practices and networking opportunities for LGBTQ pre-medical and medical students. 

Virtual Cinema Release ($10)

For They Know Not What They Do

OUT at the Movies of Winston-Salem is offering a virtual cinema opportunity to watch the new documentary by Dan Karslake. Tickets are $10 and 50% of the proceeds go directly to supporting the OUT at the Movies Film Festival. View the trailer below:


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The arrival of marriage equality was seen by many as the pinnacle achievement of the march toward full equality for LGBTQ people. But for many on the Right, it was the last straw, and their public backlash has been swift, severe and successful. In collaboration with religious conservatives, politicians are invoking both the Bible and the U.S. Constitution in their campaigns for the 'religious freedom' to legally discriminate. By telling the stories of four families struggling with these issues, the film offers healing and understanding to those caught in the crosshairs of scripture, sexuality, and identity.