October is National LGBTQ+ History Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ individuals throughout history.
Organizations and businesses across Chapel Hill have highlighted the LGBTQ+ community in different ways this month and all year.
Hannah Olson, marketing and communications coordinator for the Chapel Hill Public Library, said the library had shared LGBTQ+ resources online for community members to explore.
“We put together a reading list for teens and youth to kind of introduce them to LGBTQIA+ history as a whole, and then we also have a reading list put together for adults,” Olson said.
One of the strategic focuses of the library is uncovering community history, she said.
For National LGBTQ+ History Month, Olson said the library is working to make local Chapel Hill LGBTQ+ history accessible and easier to find.
“The library is a place for everyone and we want everyone to be able to see themselves in their histories in the pages of our collection,” she said.
The Chapel Hill Public Library is home to the Community History Lab, where individuals can explore and share Chapel Hill history.
Molly Luby, the community history coordinator for the library, said she documents and shares stories from people that have historically been ignored, erased or marginalized.