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LGBT+ History Month: Home

2022 LGBT+ Book Selection

Welcome to our 2022 book choices to celebrate LGBT+ History Month. These books are available to borrow from the Charles Seale-Hayne Library.

In the Ruins of Neoliberalism

Across the West, hard-right leaders are surging to power on platforms of ethno-economic nationalism, Christianity, and traditional family values. Is this phenomenon the end of neoliberalism or its monstrous offspring?

In the Ruins of Neoliberalism casts the hard-right turn as animated by socioeconomically aggrieved white working- and middle-class populations but contoured by neoliberalism's multipronged assault on democratic values.

The glamour boys : the secret story of the rebels who fought for Britain to defeat Hitler

We like to think we know the story of how Britain went to war with Germany in 1939, but there is one chapter that has never been told. In the early 1930s, a group of young, queer British MPs visited Berlin on a series of trips that would change the course of the Second World War.

Having witnessed the Nazis' brutality first-hand, these men were some of the first to warn Britain about Hitler, repeatedly speaking out against their government's policy of appeasing him. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain hated them. Branding them 'the glamour boys' to insinuate something untoward about them, he had their phones tapped and threatened them with deselection and exposure.

The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind

Judith Butler's new book shows how an ethic of nonviolence must be connected to a broader political struggle for social equality. Further, it argues that nonviolence is often misunderstood as a passive practice that emanates from a calm region of the soul, or as an individualist ethical relation to existing forms of power. But, in fact, nonviolence is an ethical position found in the midst of the political field. An aggressive form of nonviolence accepts that hostility is part of our psychic constitution, but values ambivalence as a way of checking the conversion of aggression into violence.

Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide

Peopled by a cast of gay icons such as Dusty Springfield, Billie Jean King, Dirk Bogarde and Alan Turing, and featuring key moments such as Stonewall, Gay Pride and Section 28, Sensible Footwear: A Girl's Guide, is the first graphic history documenting lesbian life from 1950 to the present. It is a stunning, personal, graphic memoir and a milestone itself in LGBTQI+ history.

A fascinating history of how post-war Britain transformed from a country hostile towards `queer' lives to the LGBQTI+ universe of today, recording the political gains and challenges against a backdrop of personal experience.

Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex

What exactly is sexual attraction and what is it like to go through life not experiencing it? What does asexuality reveal about gender roles, about romance and consent, and the pressures of society? This accessible examination of asexuality shows that the issues that aces face—confusion around sexual activity, the intersection of sexuality and identity, navigating different needs in relationships—are the same conflicts that nearly all of us will experience. Through a blend of reporting, cultural criticism, and memoir, Ace addresses the misconceptions around the "A" of LGBTQIA and invites everyone to rethink pleasure and intimacy. 

The Pink Line: The World's Queer Frontiers

Six years in the making, The Pink Line follows protagonists from nine countries all over the globe to tell the story of how LGBTQ+ Rights became one of the world's new human rights frontiers in the second decade of the twenty-first century.

From refugees in South Africa to activists in Egypt, transgender women in Russia and transitioning teens in the American Mid-West, The Pink Line folds intimate and deeply affecting stories of individuals, families and communities into a definitive account of how the world has changed, so dramatically, in just a decade. 

The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey Into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred

Science, like most fields, is set up for men to succeed, and is rife with racism, sexism, and shortsightedness as a result. But as Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein makes brilliantly clear, we all have a right to know the night sky. One of the leading physicists of her generation, she is also one of the fewer than one hundred Black women to earn a PhD in physics.

You will enjoy -- and share -- her love for physics, from the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, to the latest theories of dark matter -- all with a new spin and rhythm informed by pop culture, hip hop, politics, and Star Trek. This vision of the cosmos is vibrant, inclusive and buoyantly non-traditional.

Non-Binary Lives: An Anthology of Intersecting Identities

Our gender identity is impacted by our personal histories; the cultures, communities and countries we are born into; and the places we go and the people we meet. But the representation of contemporary non-binary identities has been limited, until now.

Pushing the narrative around non-binary identities further than ever before, this powerful collection of essays represents the breadth of non-binary lives, across the boundaries of race, class, age, sexuality, faith and more.

Queers: Eight Monologues

Queers celebrates a century of evolving social attitudes and political milestones in British gay history, as seen through the eyes of eight individuals. Poignant and personal, funny, tragic and riotous, these eight monologues for male and female performers cover major events such as the Wolfenden Report of 1957, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the debate over the age of consent through deeply affecting and personal rites-of-passage stories. Curated by Mark Gatiss, the monologues were commissioned to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of twenty-one.

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

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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

Another Country

Howard's End

A Room with a View

Three Lives

The Picture of Dorian Gray



The Well of Loneliness


The Summer Book

The Last Romeo

Fight Club

Blood on the Dining-room floor

Tender Buttons

Lolly Willowes, or, The loving huntsman

Tipping the Velvet


Mr. Fortune’s maggot


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