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LGBT+ History Month: Home



The 2024 theme celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to the field of Medicine and Healthcare both historically and today.

We want to showcase the amazing work of LGBT+ staff across the NHS and in other healthcare settings, in providing healthcare, especially during the pandemic. Whilst still shining a light on the history of the LGBT+ community’s experience of receiving healthcare which has been extremely complicated leaving LGBT+ people still facing health inequalities even today.

At a time when the LGBT+ community is experiencing a rise in hate crime and hate instances we also encourage you to look ‘Under the Scope’ and listen to LGBT+ peoples’ lived experiences from LGBT+ people




Have you seen the University's LGBT+ Toolkit?

The University has recently updated the LGBT+ Tool Kit so it now has loads of information on LGBT+ history, how to be an ally, podcasts, support, guidance and information, and much more...

LGBT+ 2024 Book Selection

Welcome to our 2024 book choices to celebrate LGBT+ History Month. These books are available to borrow from the Charles Seale-Hayne Library.

Rebel Bodies


An inclusive and empowering manifesto for change in women's healthcare - exploring the systemic and deep rooted sexism within medicine, and offering actionable ways for women to advocate for ourselves and others and get the diagnosis and treatment we need.

Ace Voices


Drawing upon interviews with a wide range of people across the asexual spectrum, Eris Young is here to take you on an empowering, enriching journey through the rich multitudes of asexual life.
With chapters spanning everything from dating, relationships and sex, to mental and emotional health, family, community and joy, the inspirational stories and personal experiences within these pages speak to aces living and loving in unique ways.

Bi the Way


Whether you are openly bisexual, still figuring things out or just interested in learning more about bisexuality, Bi the Way is your essential guide to understanding and embracing bisexuality.

Never a Girl, Always a Boy


In his mid-twenties, Jeremy Ivester began taking testosterone and had surgery to remove his breasts. This memoir is both Jeremy's and his family's coming out story, told from multiple perspectives-a story of acceptance in a world not quite ready to accept.

The Book of Non-Binary Joy


Whether you are at the start of your journey or have been on the wild ride of gender introspection for a long time, this guide is here to help you thrive as your authentic - and most fabulous - non-binary self. With personal stories, valuable insights and interactive sections, this inspiring book covers a wide range of topics, including mental health, pleasure, fashion, understanding your past, allyship privilege and self-expression.

Yes, You Are Trans Enough


This is the deeply personal and witty account of growing up as the kid who never fitted in. Transgender blogger Mia Violet reflects on her life and how at 26 she came to finally realise she was 'trans enough' to be transgender, after years of knowing she was different but without the language to understand why.

Becoming Eve


Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, isolated in a culture that lives according to the laws and practices of eighteenth-century Eastern Europe, speaking only Yiddish and Hebrew and shunning modern life. Stein was born as the first son in a dynastic rabbinical family, poised to become a leader of the next generation of Hasidic Jews.



Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognize same-sex marriage. But as the child of immigrants, he's also curious about how different life might have been had he grown up in Asia. So he sets off to meet his fellow Gaysians. 

Queer Livability


This book brings together an exciting new archive of queer and trans voices from the history of sexual sciences in the German-speaking world. A new language to express possibilities of gender and sexuality emerged at the turn of the twentieth century, from Sigmund Freud’s theories of homosexuality in Vienna to Magnus Hirschfeld’s “third sex” in Berlin. Together, they provided a language of sex and sexuality that is still recognizable today.

Kinsey Scale for the Emotionally Fragile Queer


The Kinsey Scale is an archaic measure of homosexuality on a scale of 0-6, thought up by Dr. Alfred Kinsey in 1948. It ranks queerness with 0 being completely heterosexual, 6 being fully homosexual, and 3 being a perfect split down the middle. But the world is ending, and modern queers are famously bad at numbers. ‘Kinsey Scale for the Emotionally Fragile Queer’ is a rewriting of the original scale, measured to fit the expansiveness of a generation of queers who have lived from apocalypse to apocalypse. In this Kinsey Scale, our lives are not represented by rigid numbers, but by poetry on queer love, happiness, protest, friendships, and the ability of queers to adapt to a changing world. Our rituals, our families, our romances, there is place for all of them in this tale of resilience and joy.

Before AIDS


The AIDS crisis of the 1980s looms large in recent histories of sexuality, medicine, and politics, and justly so-an unknown virus without a cure ravages an already persecuted minority, medical professionals are unprepared and sometimes unwilling to care for the sick, and a national health bureaucracy is slow to invest resources in finding a cure. Yet this widely accepted narrative, while accurate, creates the impression that the gay community lacked any capacity to address AIDS. In fact, as Katie Batza demonstrates in this path-breaking book, there was already a well-developed network of gay-health clinics in American cities when the epidemic struck, and these clinics served as the first responders to the disease.

Trans Health


Around the world trans and gender diverse people are marginalized and discriminated against in medical, psychological, and nursing care. This anthology is the first to address the current situation of this population in various global healthcare settings. The perspectives from 11 different countries give insight into the difficult experiences of the trans and gender diverse community when seeking healthcare, and how self-organized community structures can help to overcome barriers to often inaccessible public healthcare systems.

LGBT+ Reading List

A selection of LGBT+ authors from around the world, available to read in the Library

Click on a image to find the shelfmark number or click through to browse the LGBT Databases below


LGBT Thought and Culture                                   LGBT Magazine Archive                        
This is an online resource hosting books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting LGBT political, social and cultural movements throughout the twentieth century and into the present day. The collection illuminates the lives of lesbians, gays, transgender, and bisexual individuals and the community with content including selections from The National Archives in Kew, materials collected by activist and publisher Tracy Baim from the mid-1980s through the mid-2000s, the Magnus Hirschfeld and Harry Benjamin collections from the Kinsey Institute, periodicals such as En la Vida and BLACKlines, select rare works from notable LGBT publishers including Alyson Books and Cleis Press, as well as mainstream trade and university publishers. Archival runs of many of the most influential, longest-running serial publications covering LGBT interests. Includes the pre-eminent US and UK titles – The Advocate and Gay Times, respectively. Chronicles more than six decades of the history and culture of the LGBT community. In addition to LGBT/gender/sexuality studies, this material also serves related disciplines such as sociology, political science, psychology, health, and the arts.                            


Art, Design & Photography

Mapplethorpe: Altars

Maggi Hambling: waves and waterfalls

Mapplethorpe: the Complete Flowers

A Writer's World

Lady Lisa Lyon

Posters by Maurice Sendak

Winding Paths

Keith Haring Journals

Queer British Art - 1867-1967

Autobiography & Memoir

Herculine Barbin

The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist

Not Just a Tomboy

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic


A War of Loves

Tomboy Survival Guide

To My Trans Sisters

Dancing Ledge

Zami: a new spelling of my name

Dress your family in corduroy and denim

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Trans: a memoir

It Takes Blood and Guts


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Drawing blood

Lost Souls

The house of impossible beauties

On the black hill

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Babel 17

Strangers on a train

The Talented Mr Ripley

Of Drag Kings and the Wheel of Fate

Goodbye to Berlin

Family Dancing


Fiction - Classic and Modern

The Summer Book

Mr. Fortune’s maggot


Tipping the Velvet

Lolly Willowes, or, The loving huntsman

Tender Buttons

Blood on the Dining-room floor

Fight Club

The Last Romeo

Another Country


The Well of Loneliness



The Picture of Dorian Gray

Three Lives

A Room with a View

Howard's End


Selected Poems

Your name here: poems

Collected poems

The world’s wife


Jack Straw’s castle

The man with Night Sweats

Collected Poems

Your silence will not protect you

Film, Cinema, Plays & Criticism

The English Auden: poems, essays and dramatic writings

Up in the air: collected film scripts

Teen dreams: reading teen film from Heathers to Veronica Mars

Let’s explore diabetes with owls

The importance of being Earnest and other plays

Up against it: a screenplay for the Beatles

The Complete Plays of Joe Orton

The ascent of F6

Politics, Society and Education

Dispossession: the performative in the political

This Book is Gay

Queer theory: an introduction

At your own risk: a saint’s testament

Who Killed My Father

The persistent desire: a femme-butch reader

Sexual personae: art and decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson.

Gay and after

Down the Line

Democratic defence: a non-nuclear alternative

Europe in the pink: lesbian & gay equality in the new Europe

The Stonewall Reader

The Descent of Man

We Are Everywhere

Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights Book

Transgender Health: A Practitioner's Guide to Binary and Non-Binary Trans Patient Care

School Experience Collection

Moominvalley in November

The frog who dreamed she was an opera singer

Where the wild things are

Julian is a Mermaid


British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives Book