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May 24, 2010 (REVISED June 2, 2010)

D.C. Councilmember David Catania to Keynote Library’s Celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month

The Library of Congress will celebrate the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans with several public programs during the month of June.

D.C. Councilman (I-At Large) David Catania will deliver the keynote address at noon on Wednesday, June 9, in the Whittall Pavilion, on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

Councilmember Catania earned a bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. First elected as an At-Large Councilmember in a 1997 special election, Catania was re-elected to full terms on the Council in 1998, 2002 and 2006. He chairs the Committee on Health and serves on the Finance and Revenue and Libraries, Parks, and Recreation Committees. The Health Committee oversees the Department of Health, Department of Mental Health and a number of health-related boards and commissions.

Councilmember Catania has championed legislation to improve health care for uninsured and low-income residents, address the HIV/AIDS epidemic, expand drug-treatment options for victims of substance abuse and provide incentives for medical professionals to assist the underserved. He is regarded as a leader in the effort to make prescription drugs more affordable and accessible to people in the United States.

Other programs planned during the month include a panel discussion on research in the Library’s LGBT resources to be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, in the Mary Pickford Theater, on the third floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, located at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Library staff members will describe their research in the Library’s collections to uncover LGBT materials for inclusion on a web portal to be launched in June.

At noon on Tuesday, June 29, in the Whittall Pavilion, Capt. Joan Darrah, U.S. Navy (ret.), will deliver a lecture titled "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Is it Here Forever?"

These events, which are sponsored jointly by the Library’s Office of Opportunity, Inclusiveness and Compliance and LC GLOBE, are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but seating is limited.

GLOBE is an educational, recreational and cultural organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender employees in the Library of Congress. Its purpose is to raise awareness about issues concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender employees in an effort to aid in the elimination of prejudice in the workplace. GLOBE promotes cognizance in areas that are of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender employees while supporting positive working relationships among employees of all sexual orientations.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.

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PR 10-124
05/24/10
ISSN 0731-3527

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