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LGBT+ History Month: Home

2021 LGBT+ Book selection

Welcome to our 10 book choices to celebrate LGBT+ History Month.

You’ll find these books on display in the Charles Seale-Hayne Library, near the entrance, on Level 1 from Monday 01 February. All books are available to borrow.

Fill out our survey for a chance to win your choice of book from our selection of 10.

The Stonewall Reader

The Stonewall uprising - the most significant event in the gay liberation movement and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library's archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first hand accounts, diaries, periodic literature and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots.

The Art of Drag

Lights. Glamour. Action! Take a peek into the cultural phenomenon that is Drag, in this lusciously illustrated guide to the history of the phenomenon, from ancient theatre to the queens of RuPaul's Drag Race. Drag has been around for thousands of years. A fabulous mix of fashion, theatre, gender and politics all come together to create the show-stopping entertainment millions love today. In this comprehensive work, Jake Hall delves into its ancient beginnings, to the present day and beyond.

Keith Haring Journals

Keith Haring is synonymous with the downtown New York art scene of the 1980's. His artwork-with its simple, bold lines and dynamic figures in motion-filtered in to the world's consciousness and is still instantly recognizable, twenty years after his death. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features ninety black-and-white images of classic artwork and never-before-published Polaroid images, and is a remarkable glimpse of a man who, in his quest to become an artist, instead became an icon.

Goodbye to Berlin

Set in the 1930s, Goodbye to Berlin, evokes the glamour and sleaze, excess and repression of Berlin society. Isherwood shows the lives of people under threat from the rise of the Nazis: a wealthy Jewish heiress, Natalia Landauer, a gay couple, Peter and Otto, and an English upper-class waif, the divinely decadent Sally Bowles.

Family Dancing

Family Dancing is a collection of short stories. In Territory, a well-intentioned, liberal mother, presiding over her local Parents of Lesbians and Gays chapter, finds her acceptance of her son's sexuality shaken when he arrives home with a lover. In the title story, a family extended through divorce and remarriage dances together at the end of a summer party-in the recognition that they are still bound by the very forces that split them apart. Tender and funny, these stories reveal the intricacies and subtleties of the dances in which we all engage.

Julian is a Mermaid

While riding the subway home with his Nana one day, Julian notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train carriage. When Julian gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies and making his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Nana think about the mess he makes - and even more importantly - what will she think about how Julian sees himself?

The Descent of Man

'I hope that in picking up this book you have already acknowledged that masculinity needs to be questioned, that gender inequality is a huge issue for all of us and that the world would be a better place without it. What I hope this small book might do is bring awareness of masculinity to more people – awareness being a step towards change… to change the whole world for the better.' - Grayson Perry

We Are Everywhere

Through the lenses of protest, power, and pride, We Are Everywhere is an essential and empowering introduction to the history of the fight for queer liberation. Combining exhaustively researched narrative with meticulously curated photographs, the book traces queer activism from its roots in late-nineteenth-century Europe--long before the pivotal Stonewall Riots of 1969--to the gender warriors leading the charge today.

It Takes Blood and Guts

Skin, the trail-blazing lead singer of multi-million-selling rock band Skunk Anansie, is a global female icon. As an incendiary live performer, she shatters preconceptions about race and gender. As an activist and inspirational role model she has been smashing through stereotypes for over twenty-five years. With her striking visual image and savagely poetic songs, Skin has been a groundbreaking influence both with Skunk Anansie and as a solo artist.


In an apartment block, the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He's working at his family's restaurant, trying to dodge his brother's fists and resenting his older sister's absence. He's also discovering he likes boys...

All around him his friends and neighbours experience the tumult of living in the margins. With brilliant and soulful insight into what makes a community, a family and a life, Lot is about love in all its unsparing and unsteady forms.

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

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


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

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

School Experience Collection

Moominvalley in November

The frog who dreamed she was an opera singer

Where the wild things are