Book Club Highlights LGBTQIA+ History in Central PA

Looking for a book to read this summer and a great group to discuss it with? The VIP center at Susquehanna University is hosting a book club this June to discuss, Out in Central Pennsylvania: The History of an LGBT Community.

Open to staff, students, alumni, faculty, and Selinsgrove community members, the book club will discuss the unique history of the LGBTQIA+ movement from the 60’s-present in our region, and how Pennsylvanians fought for civil rights and equality in our local towns like Williamsport, Bloomsburg, Sunbury, Lewisburg and others.

Meetings will begin in June for Pride Month (date/times TBD). Depending on the interest of our attendees, there may be two different meetings options: virtual and in-person.

If you are interested in participating or want to learn more, sign up for the book club below!

Books are available to check-out in the front display at Blough-Weis Library. eBooks are also available to view for Susquehanna faculty, staff and students. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Christiana Paradis at

The book was written by Bill Burton and Barry Loveland and was the product of extensive research and interviews conducted by the Central PA History Project which documents Pennsylvania LGBTQIA+ history and activist movements. If you are interested in this project, you can find more information at

If you wish to learn more about the authors and their work, here is a presentation and Q&A session where they presented to the LGBTQIA+ Studies class in March 2021.