LGBT+ History Month: Resources as Recommended by our Staff and Students

This LGBT+ History Month, why not use this specially collated list of resources to learn about LGBT+ History? Our wonderful staff and students have suggested some of the best resources out there...

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Gursi Dhillon - Student Facilitator of the UCL History LGBTQ+ Student Network

PBS Gender Map

  • A map of Gender Diverse Cultures - access here

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Professor Margot Finn

Various resources from the Royal Historical Society:

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Professor Heather Jones 

English Heritage Project Website:

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Professor Vivienne Lo 

Explore YiMovi

  • Yimovi has sections on Homosexuality and Lesbianism and on Gender Identity and Consciousness. You can explore these films here

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Dr Rebecca Jennings 

The Guardian: LGBT+ History Timeline

  • A celebration for LGBT history month starting in 1395, including a remarkable selection of images from the archives. View here

My 25-year fight for trans equality: Stephen Whittle’s talk at the LSE

  • Stephen Whittle is a trans man, activist and Professor of Equalities Law at Manchester Metropolitan University. In a lecture given at the LSE, he discusses Press for Change – which was founded in 1992 and campaigned using social education, legal case work, and parliamentary lobbying to successfully change the UK into what is now one of the most transgender-friendly countries in the world. Watch here

Various Archival Resources 

  • The British Library holds the oral history part of the Hall Carpenter lesbian and gay archive, as well as many other LGBTQ+ resources and regularly blogs about its collections - access here
  • The archival material from the Hall Carpenter collection is held by the Women’s Library at LSE - access here.
  • The Bishopsgate Institute has a large collection of LGBTQ resources which includes the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archives - access here
  • The London Metropolitan Archives have a research guide helping researchers to identify LGBTQ+ records in their collections, which include the rukus! Black LGBT cultural archive - access here
  • West Yorkshire Queer Stories is a local history project which has posted excerpts from LGBTQ+ oral history interviews online - access here
  • From a Whisper to a Roar is an exciting new lesbian oral history project - access here

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Dr Eva Rose Miller 

Queering the Map

  • Queering the Map is a community generated counter-mapping platform for digitally archiving LGBTQ2IA+ experience in relation to physical space.

The Oral History Society Website

The Log Books Podcast

  • The Log Books Podcast gives an incredible glimpse into LGBTQ+ life from decades ago; each episode centres around log book entries made by the volunteers who staffed the phones from the charity Switchboard, a helpline opened in 1974 for anyone who wanted to talk about gender identity and sexuality. Each episode takes a different theme, using Switchboard’s log book entries as a springboard into contributors’ memories and discussions about the same issue in 2019 to 2021. 

The NYC Trans Oral History Project

Out and About! Archiving LGBTQ+ history at Bishopsgate Institute

  • Bishopsgate Institute stage a take-over of The Curve with an archive installation of objects, ephemera and media highlighting 40 moments and stories in London’s LGBTQ+ history.

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Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite 

Watch It's a Sin

  • Russell T. Davies’ incredibly moving drama about the AIDS epidemic - watch here

Explore the BFI's Collection

  • Watch historical films from the BFI’s collection for free - watch here

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Dr Alessandro De Arcangelis

Digital Collection of the GLBT Historical Society

  • Based in San Francisco, you can explore their collection online here

The Digital Transgender Archive

  • Explore online here

The British Library

  • Has an excellent public history blog on LGBTQ identities - access here

Making Gay History 

  • Podcast which focuses primarily on oral history and interviews with LGBT+ activists - access here

Queer as Fact

  • A podcast run by four Melbourne-based queer people with a background in history and a passion for sharing queer stories - access here

The Road Here

  • A podcast which concentrates on British queer history - access here

Reading List

  • Robert Beachy, Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity (2014)
  • Christopher Bram, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers who Changed America (2012)
  • Paul Flynn, Good as You (2018)
  • Samra Habib, We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir (2019)
  • Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives (2020)
  • John Dececco (ed.), Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context (2002)
  • Patrick Moore, Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality (2004)
  • Alan Downs, The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World (2012)
  • Matthew Todd, Straight Jacket: Overcoming Society’s Legacy of Gay Shame (2017)
  • C. Riley Snorton, Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (2017)

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Dr Thom Rath 

Destape: Sex, Democracy, and Freedom in Postdictatorial Argentina

  • 2nd February, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm: An event part of the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) Latin American History Seminar series - more info here

Book Launch: Los feminismos en América Latina

  • 3rd March 2021, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm: Join Dr Patricio Simonetto (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at UCL Institute of the Americas) to host this conversation with the book's author, Dora Barrancos, and Mexican scholar Gabriela Cano - more info here