According to the 2017 GLSEN Maryland School Climate survey, just over half of Maryland students say they have access to LGBTQ-related library resources at school.
Just 24% of Maryland students say they were taught positive representations of LGBTQ people, history, or events at school. A collection of texts that positively represent LGBTQ+ characters and historical figures is critical for any school to be an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students and those with LGBTQ+ family members.
Thanks to the leadership of GLSEN Maryland, Rainbow Library Maryland has sent LGBTQ+ affirming text sets to over 120 schools and libraries across Maryland - for free.
Each school or library that was selected for a Rainbow Library set received 10 LGBTQ+ affirming grade-aligned books, as well as posters and supplemental resources.
At the Maryland Rainbow Reader Summit, youth, families, librarians, and school staff will virtually come together from across the state to hear from an author of an LGBTQ affirming book, get to know area LGBTQ organizations, and win prizes. Readers who had submitted top-quality Rainbow Reader Reviews about Rainbow Library books in advance of the event are recognized with awards at the event.
Request a Rainbow Library for Your Maryland School or Library
Find a Maryland LGBTQ+ Community Center
LGBTQ+ Community Centers offer programming for LGBTQ+ youth, such as group meetups, Queer Prom, volunteer opportunities, and LGBTQ+ focused scholarships. LGBTQ+ Community Centers also have information and resources on safe sex practices. Many Centers have virtual programming during COVID-19 closures.
1530 N Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
MoCo Pride Center (Kensington)
PO Box 382
Kensington, MD 20895
25 East 2nd Street
Frederick, MD 21701 (see website for hours)
Thank you to our
Winter 2021 Maryland Sponsors!
Sponsor the Rainbow Library Maryland
Rainbow Library sponsors will be recognized behind the covers of all books mailed out to participating Maryland schools and libraries. Sponsors will also be listed on the Rainbow Library posters that come with the collections, and on this website.
Sponsorship levels are as follows:
Platinum Sponsor - $8,000 and up
Gold Sponsor - $5,000 and up
Silver Sponsor - $3,000 and up
Bronze Sponsor - $1,500 and up
To learn more about becoming a sponsor for the Rainbow Library Maryland, email .