Blank, Hanne. Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. Beacon Pr., 2012. 264p.
“Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly and permanently transformed Western culture.”
Bronski, Michael. A Queer History of the United States. Beacon Pr, 2011. 312p. HQ76.3.U5 B696 2011
“Bronski centers LGBTQ+ people in a national narrative, beginning with encounters between indigenous people and early colonizers and ending in the early 21st century.” (LJ 4/15/11)
Canaday, Margot. The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America. Princeton Univ. Pr, 2011. 296p. HQ75.16.U6 C36 2009 EBK
Historian Canaday argues that during the first half of the 20th century, U.S. immigration, military, civil service, and social welfare policies assumed and helped construct the image of the citizen as heterosexual.
Meyerowitz, Joanne. How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States. Harvard Univ Pr, 2002. HQ77.95.E85 M48 2002
The author charts the historical development of a modern trans identity from the late 19th to the mid-20th century through cultural and medical discourse.
Richards, Christina. Bouman, Walter Pierre. Barker, Meg-John.(Eds). Genderqueer and Non-Binary Genders. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. Online. 311 p.
“This book addresses the emerging field of genderqueer or non-binary genders - that is, individuals who do not identify as male or female. The first section provides an overview of historical, legal and academic aspects of this phenomenon. The second section explores how psychotherapeutic, psychological and psychiatric theory and practice are adapting to a non-binary model of gender, and the third section considers the body related aspects, from endocrinology to surgery.”
Faderman, Lillian. The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle. Simon & Schuster, 2015.
832p. HQ76.8.U5 F33 2015
“A key scholar in the field, Faderman provides a rich narrative history of queer activism from the mid-20th century to the present.” (LJ 7/15)
Frank, Miriam. Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America. Temple Univ. Pr, 2014. 240p. HD6285.5.U6 .F73 2014 EBK
Through oral history interviews and archival research, Frank considers queer involvement in organized labor from the 1960s to the early 21st century.
Jones, Cleve. When We Rise: My Life in the Movement. Hachette, 2016. 304p. HQ75.8 .J66 A3 2016
Jones’s powerful memoir evokes both the heady days of gay liberation in 1970s San Francisco and the ravages of the AIDS epidemic.
Stryker, Susan. Transgender History: The Roots of Today's Revolution. 2d ed. Seal Pr, 2017. 320p. HQ77.9 .S77 2017
Transgender people have been centrally involved but often overlooked in the history of queer activism. Stryker documents trans lives and activism since the mid- 20th century.
Woods, Gregory. Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World. Yale Univ. Pr, 2016.421 p. HQ75.15 .W66 2016
"In a hugely ambitious study which crosses continents, languages, and almost a century, Gregory Woods identifies the ways in which homosexuality has helped shape Western culture. Extending from the trials of Oscar Wilde to the gay liberation era, this book examines a period in which increased visibility made acceptance of homosexuality one of the measures of modernity.”
Murray, Heather. Not in This Family: Gays and the Meaning of Kinship in Postwar North America. Univ. of Pennsylvania, 2012. 312p. HQ76 .M87 2010
"A nuanced ethnographic history of the relationships queer people forged with their families of origin in the latter half of the 20th century."
Yoshino, Kenji. Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial: The Story of Hollingsworth v. Perry. Crown, 2015. 373 p. KF229 .H654 Y67 2015
"A renowned legal scholar tells the definitive story of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the trial that will stand as the most potent argument for marriage equality.”
Also see DVDs and Streaming Media below for more on family.
Petro, Anthony M. After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, and American Religion. Oxford Univ. Pr, 2015. 312p. Oxford Scholarship Online.
“Petro's account of AIDS through the lens of religious response helps us look beyond the Christian right in understanding a theology of sex.” (LJ 7/15)
McLemee, Scott. (2009, June 24). Fifty Years after Stonewall. Inside Higher Ed.
Ten years ago, McLemeer wrote that “the approaching anniversary of Stonewall seemed like a good occasion to consider what the future of LGBT scholarship might bring,” after noting the changes that had and had not taken place since 1969.
Vaid, Urvashi. Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation. Anchor, 1996. 464p. HQ76.8.U5 V35 1996
Vaid challenges the wealthy whiteness of national queer politics in a critique that is still-relevant.
Yoshino, Kenji. Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. Random, 2006. 304p. KF373.A3 Y67 2006
A legal scholar presents a memoir that documents his experiences and calls for a return to an authenticity which recognizes that the suppression of personal identity causes harm to all society.
DVDS AND STREAMING MEDIA
France, David. How To Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS. New York: Sundance Selects: MPI Media Group, 2013. 109 min. RA643.8 .H697 2013X DVD
"[T]he story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation, and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence.”
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. 2010. 84 min. Streaming Video.
“This award-winning documentary explores the life of Bayard Rustin, a peace, labor, and civil rights activist and gay man who was the organizational mastermind behind the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963).”
Two Dads, Two Moms Gay Couples and Their Families. Filmoption International, 2013. 52 min. Streaming Video.
Profiling families in the U.S., France, and Spain, this program focuses on the children of gay couples and how their experiences resemble or differ from more conventional upbringings. Fathers Cliff and John were the first same-sex couple in America to produce a family through surrogate motherhood.
Davis, Kate & Heilbroner, David. Stonewall Uprising. American Experience c/o PBS, 2011. 90 min. HQ76.8.U6 A447 2011 DVD
Also available as streaming media
“An engaging documentary that tells the story of the protests at the Stonewall Inn through the voices of participants and places the now-famous event in historical perspective.”
“Asexuality (a lack of sexual attraction to others) and aromanticism (little or no romantic attraction to others) represent the "A" in LGBTQIA. AVEN is a key network for people who identify as ace and aro.”
“The Daughters of Bilitis was a social and activist group founded in 1955. The Video Project began in 1987 and was sponsored by the Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation Inc. The purpose of the project was to gather interviews with the founders and former members of the Daughters of Bilitis in order to document their critical role in the gay/lesbian liberation movement, as well as the Civil Rights movement.”
“Transgender histories are often difficult to locate in archival repositories. DTA offers unified access to digitized materials related to trans lives from around the globe.”
Eric Marcus's collection of oral history interviews offers a collection of moving, intimate portraits of queer life from the mid-20th century to the present.
“OutHistory.org tells stories about people in the past who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; and people who did not conform to dominant norms of sexuality and gender.”
“Stonewall Forever is a project to find, preserve and share the untold stories of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and the early years of the LGBTQ rights movement. The LGBT Community Center with support from Google.org is gathering, digitizing and archiving this crucial history. The stories will be included in an interactive monument in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.”__________________________________