Books for LGBTQIA+ History Month

By Coll 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:

The Engagement
America's Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage
978-1-9848-9851-7
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
$23.00 US
May 31, 2022
Paperback
928 Pages
Vintage

Bad Gays
A Homosexual History
978-1-83976-327-4
An unconventional history of homosexuality for readers of The Deviant's War by Eric Cervini
$29.95 US
May 31, 2022
Hardcover
368 Pages
Verso

The Stonewall Reader
978-0-14-313351-3
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
Paperback
336 Pages
Penguin Classics

Tomorrow Will Be Different
Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality
978-1-5247-6148-6
“A brave, powerful memoir” (People) that will change the way we look at identity and equality in this country, from the activist elected as the first openly transgender state senator in U.S. history
$17.00 US
Mar 05, 2019
Paperback
304 Pages
Crown

Gender Outlaw
On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us
978-1-101-97324-0
“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.
$18.00 US
Nov 15, 2016
Paperback
320 Pages
Vintage

On Being Different
What It Means to Be a Homosexual
978-0-14-310696-8
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
Paperback
96 Pages
Penguin Classics

Looking for Lorraine
The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
978-0-8070-3983-0
A revealing portrait of one of the most gifted and charismatic, yet leastunderstood, Black artists and intellectuals of the twentieth century.
$17.95 US
Sep 17, 2019
Paperback
248 Pages
Beacon Press

Speak Now
Marriage Equality on Trial
978-0-385-34882-9
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
Paperback
400 Pages
Crown

Queer (In)Justice
The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
978-0-8070-5115-3
*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine
$22.00 US
Jan 24, 2012
Paperback
240 Pages
Beacon Press

I Was Better Last Night
A Memoir
978-0-593-32052-5
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
Hardcover
400 Pages
Knopf

And the Category Is.
Inside New York's Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community
978-0-8070-0348-0
A 2023 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in NonfictionAn Electric Literature “Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Book of 2022” SelectionA love letter to the legendary Black and Latinx LGBTQ underground subculture, uncovering its abundant legacy and influence in popular culture.
$25.95 US
Jan 25, 2022
Hardcover
248 Pages
Beacon Press

Finding Latinx
In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity
978-1-9848-9909-5
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.
$19.00 US
Oct 20, 2020
Paperback
336 Pages
Vintage