LGBTQ+ History Month

Image: Multicoloured Abstract Painting (2018) by Steve Johnson on Unsplash.

Throughout the month of October we celebrate LGBTQ+ History month.

The library wants to celebrate the history of the LGBTTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual) community by highlighting some of the important and varied resources that you can find at the Wilfrid Laurier Library. The resources highlighted here touch on the experience of the LGBTQ+ community in Canada, the United States and across the globe.

For assistance in accessing or using these or any resources in the Laurier Library collection, contact us through the “Ask Us” chat window and contact info in the right side-bar on this page, or visit us in person!

Thank you to Christina Kerr, Debbie Chaves, Irene Tencinger Joanne Oud, Mark Weiler, Matt Rohweder, Matt Thomas, and Siobhan McMenemy for assistance in putting together this post.

Collections and Reference

The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (2016), edited by Abbie E. Goldberg. This reference work was published online in 2016 and focuses on LGBTQ issues and identity primarily through the lenses of psychology, human development and sociology, emphasizing queer, feminist and ecological perspectives on the topic. Recommended by Matt Thomas.

Women & Gender Studies @ ProQuest – Provided by ProQuest. Business & Economics Librarian. This resource provides access to full text articles on the subject of women and gender studies, including queer theory and LGBTQ history. Recommended by Matt Rohweder.

Books, Print & Electronic

America through transgender eyes (2019) by J. E. Sumereau and Lain Mathers. How some of our major social norms and institutions are experienced by transgender people. Recommended by Joanne Oud

Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer (2017) edited by Stephanie Chambers, et al. This anthology is Toronto-centric, but for anyone interested in knowing more about the richness of queer Canadian urban histories and the bittersweet experience of discovering and making public the personal and social histories of queer communities, this book implicitly and explicitly illustrates that tension in contributors’ short entries. Pieces span the city’s history over centuries and include archival and personal photographs, maps, and other archival materials to illustrate the book. Recommended by Siobhan McMenemy.

Asegi stories : Cherokee queer and two-spirit memory (2016) by Qwo-Li Driskill. "The book focuses on the concept of asegi stories--stories that revise and revive Cherokee cultural memories of same-sex relationships and non-binary gender systems. It is the first full-length work of scholarship to develop a tribally specific Indigenous queer/two-spirit critique, providing a Cherokee 2GLBTQ lens from which to interpret the past, understand our present, and imagine decolonial futures"--Provided by publisher. Recommended by Irene Tencinger.

This book is available at the University of Guelph and you could request it be sent to this campus

British queer history : new approaches and perspectives (2013) by Brian Lewis. This volume examines the history of the LGBTQ+ community in the United Kingdom from a variety of new perspectives. Recommended by Matt Rohweder.

Fun home: a family tragicomic (2007) by Alison Bechdel. A classic graphic memoir, outlining the author’s youth in small-town Pennsylvania and her relationship with her father. Recommended by Joanne Oud.

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (2016) by Kate Bornstein. Part coming-of-age story, part mind-altering manifesto on gender and sexuality, coming directly to you from the life experiences of a transsexual woman, Gender Outlaw breaks all the rules and leaves the reader forever changed. Recommended by Debbie Chaves.

Love and Resistance: Out of the closet and into the Stonewall Era (2019), edited by Jason Baumann, with photography by Kay Tobin Hausen and Diana Davies. A collection of photographs by Kay Tobin Hausen and Diana Davies of LGBTQ activists from the 1960s and 1970s. The photographs are accompanied by brief annotations by the editor. Suggestions for further reading provided on page 169.

Queer inclusions, continental divisions: public recognition of sexual diversity in Canada and the United States (2008) by David Rayside. This volume provides an examination of the LGBTQ+ community in Canada. Recommended by Matt Rohweder

Spaces between us: queer settler colonialism and indigenous decolonization (2011) by Scott Lauria Morgensen. Explaining how relational distinctions of “Native” and “settler” define the status of being “queer,” Spaces between Us argues that modern queer subjects emerged among Natives and non-Natives by engaging the meaningful difference indigeneity makes within a settler society. Scott Lauria Morgensen demonstrates the interdependence of nation, race, gender, and sexuality and offers opportunities for resistance in the U.S. Recommended by Irene Tencinger

Stonewall (1993) by Martin Duberman. This volume narratives the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked the gay liberation movement. Told through a combination of narrative and first person interviews, the books examines the riots and their aftermath for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation (2019) by Matthew Riemer. This is a visual record and celebration of LGBTQ+ identity, life, modern history, and the queer liberation movement. Tracing queer history from the early 20th century before the 1969 Stonewall riots to today, this beautifully packaged book contains thousands of photos and pieces of ephemera with detailed captions that tell the story of the fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights. The vintage and contemporary images cover every aspect of queer life and liberation, including pride marches and protests, the AIDS crisis, queer family life, personal snapshots from notable and regular people, drag queens, celebrations, reactions to important legal decisions, marriage equality, and more. Recommended by Debbie Chaves.

Movies, Music & Other Online Resources

Gen Silent (date unknown), video, directed by Stu Maddux. "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse in the care setting that many are hiding their lives to survive. Thousands are dying earlier than their straight counterparts because they are isolated and afraid to ask for help. But a growing number of people are fighting to keep their elders from being silenced". Recommended by Christina Kerr

Speak up! : improving the lives of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender youth (2014), video, directed by John Kazlauskas. "Explores what these students have done to transform their schools into safer and more welcoming environments. Interviews with students, parents, teachers, administrators and national activists highlight not only the need for transformation, but offer resources and advice for those actively working for change" Recommended by Matt Rohweder

Stonewall Uprising (2011), produced by PBS. This film explores the dramatic events that launched a worldwide civil rights movement. When police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn, on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before—they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived – description provided by distributor. Recommended by Matt Rohweder

Why thee wed (2005), video, directed by Cal Garingan, produced by National Film Board of Canada. This 2005 documentary talks about eight couples who challenged the marriage laws in BC in court until same-sex marriage was recognized in 2003. It was produced as part the Reel Diversity Competition for emerging filmmakers of colour. Recommended by Matt Thomas


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