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.
A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across the World by R. B. Parkinson
When was the first chat-up line between men recorded? Who was the first "lesbian"? Were ancient Greek men who had sex with each other necessarily "gay," and what did Shakespeare think about crossdressing? A Little Gay History answers these questions and more through close readings of art objects from the British Museum's far-ranging collection. (Publisher)
Stonewall: the Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter
In June of 1969, a series of riots over police action at The Stonewall Inn, a small, dank, mob-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York changed the longtime landscape of homosexuals in society, literally overnight. These riots are widely acknowledged as the 'first shot' that ushered in a previously unimagined era of openness, political action, and massive social change.
Charity and Sylvia: a Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves
Explores the lives of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, two ordinary middle-class women who serve as a window on historical constructs of marriage, gender, and sexuality in late 18th-century and early 19th-century America.
The Gay Metropolis: the Landmark History of Gay Life in America by Charles Kaiser
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and winner of a Lambda Literary Award,The Gay Metropolis is a landmark saga of struggle and triumph that was instantly recognized as the most authoritative and substantial work of its kind. Filled with astounding anecdotes and searing tales of heartbreak and transformation, it provides a decade-by-decade account of the rise and acceptance of gay life and identity since the 1940s.
Gay and Lesbian Communities the World Over by Rita J. Simon; Alison Brooks
Gay and Lesbian Communities the World Over examines the treatment and status of gays and lesbians in 21 countries around the world. The countries included are Canada, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa, India, China, Japan, and Australia.
Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States Since WWII by Daniel Winunwe Rivers
In Radical Relations, Daniel Winunwe Rivers offers a previously untold story of the American family: the first history of lesbian and gay parents and their children in the United States.
Victory: the Triumphant Gay Revolution by Linda Hirshman
A Supreme Court lawyer and political pundit details the enthralling and groundbreaking story of the gay rights movement, revealing how a dedicated and resourceful minority changed America forever.
Queer America: a GLBT History of the 20th Century by Vicki L. Eaklor
Perhaps no topic today is politically more divisive than homosexuality, particularly when it is coupled with the deeply rooted concept of civil rights. This work focuses on 20th/21st- century U. S. history as it pertains to GLBT history. Major issues and events such as the Stonewall riot, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the military, same-sex marriage, gay rights, gay pride, organizations and alliances, AIDS, and legal battles and court cases are discussed. Also included are sidebars highlighting major debates, legal landmarks and key individuals.
She's Not There: a Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan; Richard Russo (Afterword by)
The provocative bestseller She’s Not There is the winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Jennifer Finney Boylan explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family. Told in Boylan’s fresh voice, She’s Not There is about a person bearing and finally revealing a complex secret. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
*FINALIST, 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award*
Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story by Paul Monette
A child of the 1950s from a small New England town, "perfect Paul" earns straight A's and shines in social and literary pursuits, all the while keeping a secret—from himself and the rest of the world. Struggling to be, or at least to imitate, a straight man, through Ivy League halls of privilege and bohemian travels abroad, loveless intimacy and unrequited passion, Paul Monette was haunted, and finally saved, by a dream of "the thing I'd never even seen: two men in love and laughing." (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
Woman Like That: Lesbian and Bisexual Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories by Joan Larkin; J. Larkin
These accounts -- sometimes heart-wrenching, often exhilarating -- encompass a wide breadth of backgrounds and experiences. From a teenager institutionalized for her passion for women to the mother who must come out to her young sons at the risk of losing them -- from the cautious academic to the raucous liberated femme -- each woman represented here tells of forging a unique path toward the difficult but emancipating recognition of herself. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories by Patrick Merla; Hetrick Martin Inst. Staff
In stunning essays written especially for this collection, twenty-nine noted gay writers recount their true "coming out" stories, intensely personal histories of that primal process by which men come to terms with their desire for other men. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
Christopher and His Kind: a Memoir by Christopher Isherwood
What most impressed the first readers of this memoir...was the candor with which he describes his life in gay Berlin of the 1930s and his struggles to save his companion, a German man named Heinz, from the Nazis. An engrossing and dramatic story and a fascinating glimpse into a little-known world,Christopher and His Kind remains one of Isherwood's greatest achievements. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World by Robyn Ochs (Editor); Sarah E. Rowley (Editor)
Topics include coming out, relationships, politics, community, and more. The book also addresses the intersection of bisexuality with race, class, ethnicity, gender identity, disability and national identity. (Amazon)
A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships by Bruce Gillespie
At no other time in history have lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) relationships and families been more visible or numerous. A Family by Any Other Name recognizes and celebrates this advance by exploring what "family" means to people today. (Publisher)
Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship by Joshua Gamson
The kinds of families we see today are different than they were even a decade ago as paths to parenthood have been rejiggered by technology, activism, and law. Gamson brings us extraordinary family creation tales that illuminate this changing world of contemporary kinship. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
Happy Together: Thriving as a Same-Sex Couple in Your Family, Workplace, and Community by Sharon Scales Rostosky; Ellen D. B. Riggle
This book helps couples work together to identify, develop, and use their strengths and skills to successfully navigate these issues and flourish. Tough tasks like confronting prejudice will never be easy, but thanks to the stories, tools, and resources presented in this book, readers will learn to manage such situations in a positive way.
Making It Legal by Frederick Hertz; Emily Doskow
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living by Dan Savage (Editor); Terry Miller (Editor)
A collection of original essays and expanded testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people. While many of these teens can't see a positive future for themselves, we can. We can show LGBT youth the kind of happiness, potential, and satisfaction their lives hold if they can just get through these early years.
A Positive View of LGBTQ starts a new conversation about the strengths and benefits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identities. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
Family Pride: What LGBT Families Should Know about Navigating Home, School, and Safety in Their Commu by Michael Shelton
Despite the progress made in gay rights, LGBT people are still at high risk of being victimized. While the national focus remains on the mistreatment of gay people in schools, the reality is that LGBT families also face hostility in various settings--professional, recreational, and social. This is especially evident in rural communities, where the majority of LGBT families live, isolated from support networks more commonly found in urban spaces. Family Pride is the first book for queer parents, families, and allies that emphasizes community safety.
The Gay and Lesbian Guide to College Life by John Baez; Jennifer Howd; Rachel Pepper; Princeton Review Staff
Featuring advice from students and administrators at more than seventy of the nation's top colleges, the Gay and Lesbian Guide to College Life lets you know how to how to thrive on campus as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning student.
My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family by Zach Wahls
A resounding testament to individuality and the power of family in all forms from the young man who "lit up the Internet" (Ellen DeGeneres)
Now That You're Out: the Challenges and Joys of Living as a Gay Man by Martin Kantor
This book is an invaluable resource manual and survival guide for gay men who often turn to peers, parents, educators, or the media for direction, only to encounter misleading myths about gay life, such as the notion that "coming out solves everything."