Books for LGBTQIA+ History Month

By Colleen Rowe | September 26 2022 | HistoryGender and Sexuality Studies

For LGBTQIA+ History Month we’re celebrating the shared history of individuals within the community and the importance of the activists who have fought for their rights and the rights of others. We acknowledge the varying and diverse experiences within the LGBTQIA+ community that have shaped history and have led the way for those celebrating their sexualities and identities today and for those who will in the future. Here is a book list of titles we recommend:

Bad Gays
A Homosexual History
An unconventional history of homosexuality for readers of The Deviant's War by Eric Cervini
$29.95 US
May 31, 2022
368 Pages

The Stonewall Reader
For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it, with a foreword by Edmund White.
$18.00 US
Apr 30, 2019
336 Pages
Penguin Classics

Gender Outlaw
On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us
“I know I’m not a man . . . and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m probably not a woman, either. . . . . The trouble is, we’re living in a world that insists we be one or the other.” With these words, Kate Bornstein ushers readers on a funny, fearless, and wonderfully scenic journey across the terrains of gender and identity. On one level, Gender Outlaw details Bornstein’s transformation from heterosexual male to lesbian woman, from a one-time IBM salesperson to a playwright and performance artist. But this particular coming-of-age story is also a provocative investigation into our notions of male and female, from a self-described nonbinary transfeminine diesel femme dyke who never stops questioning our cultural assumptions.
$17.00 US
Nov 15, 2016
320 Pages

On Being Different
What It Means to Be a Homosexual
The groundbreaking work on being homosexual in America—available again only from Penguin Classics and with a new foreword by Dan SavageOriginally published in 1971, Merle Miller’s On Being Different is a pioneering and thought-provoking book about being homosexual in the United States. Just two years after the Stonewall riots, Miller wrote a poignant essay for the New York Times Magazine entitled “What It Means To Be a Homosexual” in response to a homophobic article published in Harper’s Magazine. Described as “the most widely read and discussed essay of the decade,” it carried the seed that would blossom into On Being Different—one of the earliest memoirs to affirm the importance of coming out.For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$15.00 US
Sep 25, 2012
96 Pages
Penguin Classics

All In
An Autobiography
An inspiring and intimate self-portrait of the champion of equality that encompasses her brilliant tennis career, unwavering activism, and an ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice.
$30.00 US
Aug 17, 2021
496 Pages

Speak Now
Marriage Equality on Trial
A renowned legal scholar tells the definitive story of the trial that will stand as the most potent argument for marriage equality.
$17.00 US
Feb 16, 2016
400 Pages

I Was Better Last Night
A Memoir
Here is a poignant and hilarious memoir from the cultural icon, gay rights activist, and four-time Tony Award–winning actor and playwright, revealing never-before-told stories of his personal struggles and conflict, of sex and romance, and of his fabled career.
$30.00 US
Mar 01, 2022
400 Pages

Finding Latinx
In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity
Young Latinos across the United States are redefining their identities, pushing boundaries, and awakening politically in powerful and surprising ways. Many of them—Afrolatino, indigenous, Muslim, queer and undocumented, living in large cities and small towns—are voices who have been chronically overlooked in how the diverse population of almost sixty million Latinos in the U.S. has been represented. No longer.
$16.95 US
Oct 20, 2020
336 Pages