The Opening of New Location for Stonewall Library & Archives Gains Local Acceptance and Support

May 7, 2009

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Pictured from left to right are Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Bruce Roberts; Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom; Broward County Vice Mayor Ken Keechl; Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti; and Stonewall Library & Archives Executive Director Jack Rutland (at podium).

Stonewall Library & Archives (SLA), the largest independent circulating library of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender materials in the US, officially opened its new facility in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, April 23, with a cadre of city and county elected officials and dignitaries on hand, including Sheriff Al Lamberti. SLA received proclamations from both the City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, moving away from its past designation as a “controversial” gay library.

Stonewall Library & Archives is a museum, gallery, and cultural center for locals, tourists, researchers and scholars, and has an impact far beyond South Florida. “I was proud to be part of such a significant event. The library is a symbol of South Florida’s movement towards a more open and understanding society,” said Sheriff Lamberti.

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