Multcolib Picks: LGBTQ history
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.