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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 outour 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 isa 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
Maggi Hambling: waves and waterfalls
Mapplethorpe: the Complete Flowers
A Writer's World
Lady Lisa Lyon
Posters by Maurice Sendak
Autobiography & Memoir
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
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
The house of impossible beauties
On the black hill
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Strangers on a train
The Talented Mr Ripley
Of Drag Kings and the Wheel of Fate
Fiction - Classic and Modern
A Room with a View
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Well of Loneliness
The Summer Book
The Last Romeo
Blood on the Dining-room floor
Lolly Willowes, or, The loving huntsman
Tipping the Velvet
Mr. Fortune’s maggot
Your name here: poems
The world’s wife
Jack Straw’s castle
The man with Night Sweats
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