22 February 2016

One hundred new Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) books have been added to Sheffield’s library collection, bringing the total collection to more than 300 titles.

The books include modern classic fiction and biographies from LGBT authors as well as stories of activism. They also include reference books looking at LGBT issues and how to deal with them, and advice and support for the LGBT community.

The new books hit the shelves this month to mark LGBT history month which promotes diversity and equality. The collection is held in the Central Lending Library but the books can be loaned from all branches.

A one-woman cabaret-style musical show – Trouser Wearing Characters by Rose Collis – will be performed at the Central Lending Library on Friday, 26 February to mark the history month. Tickets can be bought online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/rosecollis

Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “The libraries in Sheffield are for everyone and we want everyone to feel catered for. It’s great more titles have been added with LGBT interests but I hope all people will enjoy them. Patrick Gale, Stella Duffy and Armistead Maupin are particular favourites of mine so I’ll be in the queue!”

Sheffield City Council aims to promote fairness and equality. Last month the authority was named as one of the top 50 places to work in Stonewall’s nationally acclaimed Workforce Equality Index, and was the 6th highest achieving local authority in the country.

To get involved in Sheffield’s Equality Hub Network – set up to give under-represented communities in Sheffield a louder voice on issues that affect them and influence decisions that are made in the city – please visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/equalityhub.