Multcolib Picks: LGBTQ history

Victory The Triumphant Gay Revolution By Hirshman, Linda R. Book - 2012 306.7660973 H6698v 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Drawing on rich archival material and in-depth interviews, a Supreme Court lawyer and political pundit chronicles the gay rights movement, revealing how the fight for gay rights has changed the American landscape for all citizens, blurring rigid gender lines and redefining the definition of family. -- Publisher description.

Witness to Revolution
Witness to Revolution The Advocate Reports on Gay and Lesbian Politics, 1967-1999 Book - 1999 305.90664 W825 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:Reporting on the queer revolutions of another era, before same sex marriage was a mainstream political issue. Articles from The Advocate magazine about a wide range of struggles, losses and victories around housing equality, AIDS/HIV, anti-sodomy laws, homophobia in politics and the media, gays in the military, and more.

Stonewall The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution By Carter, David Book - 2010 306.766 C323s 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:A careful, almost minute-by-minute history of the six days of rioting that followed a routine police raid on Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn in June 1969, and of the riots’ aftermath, including the first Pride Parade in the summer of 1970.

Creating Change
Creating Change Sexuality, Public Policy, and Civil Rights Book - 2000 305.90664 C9123 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:A collection of essays chronicling the history, successes, and failures of the queer activists and “the gay agenda,” from the passionate immediacy of public protest marches to the plodding maneuverings of political and public policy initiatives.

Gay Life and Culture
Gay Life and Culture A World History Book - 2006 306.766 G285L 2006 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:This book draws on groundbreaking new material to present a comprehensive survey of all things gay, stretching back to ancient Sumeria and ranging to the present day. Critically acclaimed historian Robert Aldrich and ten leading scholars juxtapose thought-provoking essays with an extensive selection of images, many never before seen. This masterful combination reveals the story behind gay culture from the industrialized world to the remotest corners of tribal New Guinea.

Born to Be Gay
Born to Be Gay A History of Homosexuality By Naphy, William G. Book - 2004 306.766 N195b 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:“This survey of homosexuality from ancient times to the present is unlike other histories of the same ilk; it is truly global in scope, covering the subject not only in the West, but across Asia and the Pacific archipelagoes, among aboriginal populations of both North and South America, throughout the Islamic world, and in sub-Saharan Africa.” - from the review in Choice

Out of the Past
Out of the Past Gay and Lesbian History From 1869 to the Present By Miller, Neil Book - 2006 306.7660904 M649o 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:A narrative history of gay life in the western world, from Oscar Wilde to the first gay marriage performed in San Francisco in 2004 -- interspersed with contemporary documents, photographs and drawings.

A Queer History of the United States
A Queer History of the United States By Bronski, Michael Book - 2011 306.7660973 B8695q 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:“This panoramic survey is less a history of homosexuality in the United States than a reexamination of American mores through a queer lens, a thematic analysis of the ways in which same-sex desire has reflected and shaped American morality over the past 500 years.” - from the review in Library Journal

Queering the Color Line
Queering the Color Line Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture By Somerville, Siobhan B. Book - 2000 305.3 S696q 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:Queering the Color Line transforms previous understandings of how homosexuality was “invented” as a category of identity in the United States beginning in the late nineteenth century. Analyzing a range of sources, including sexology texts, early cinema, and African American literature, Siobhan B. Somerville argues that the emerging understanding of homosexuality depended on the context of the black/white color line, the dominant system of racial distinction during this period.

Love Stories
Love Stories Sex Between Men Before Homosexuality By Katz, Jonathan Book - 2001 306.7662 K19L 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:In Love Stories , Jonathan Ned Katz presents stories of men's intimacies with men during the nineteenth century--including those of Abraham Lincoln--drawing flesh-and-blood portraits of intimate friendships and the ways in which men struggled to name, define, and defend their sexual feelings for one another. In a world before “gay” and “straight” referred to sexuality, men like Walt Whitman and John Addington Symonds created new ways to name and conceive of their erotic relationships with other men.

Different Daughters
Different Daughters A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rights of the Lesbian Rights Movement By Gallo, Marcia M. Book - 2006 306.7663 G172d 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:“Beginning as a tiny San Francisco social club in 1955, the [Daughters of Bilitis or DOB] soon organized local chapters in New York, Los Angeles and beyond, incubating many figures on the lesbian political and literary scene until the organization waned in the 1970s. In this easy, well-ordered read, Gallo draws on many interviews with pivotal DOB figures, focusing less on juicy gossip than the tensions that drove the group's evolution: lesbian commonality versus race, class and ethnic differences; political activism versus social activities; collaboration with other homophile organizations versus independence; women's rights versus gay rights.” - from the review in Publisher’s Weekly

Transgender History
Transgender History By Stryker, Susan Book - 2008 306.768 S928t 2008 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A short but wide-ranging introduction to transgender history. The book starts setting the stage for readers with some historical context and an overview of relevant language and terminology. The remainder of the book traces the changing medical, legal, political, and cultural attitudes of the last century toward people who do not conform to rigid categories of male and female, man and woman.

The Queerest Places
The Queerest Places A National Guide to Gay and Lesbian Historic Sites By Martinac, Paula Book - 1997 917.304 M383q 1997 Available in some locations

Annotation:Detailed descriptions of sites across the U.S. which are important to local and national queer history. Local pre-Stonewall hangouts, homes of notable gay, bi, lesbian, and trans people, and sites important to the history of the struggle for queer liberation are all included. For amateur historians and travellers alike.

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Do you want to brush up on your history? Try these serious-but-readable books about lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer people through the ages. Delve into the history of queer activism and the wide array of social movements that have shaped the lives of LGBTQ people and society at large. Investigate the history of different attitudes to sexual minorities across world cultures. Learn about how same-sex love and intimacy has been viewed in different eras. - by Emily-Jane D.

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