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Celebrate Pride Month with HEB Titles in LGBTQ Studies

By Diana Davies, copyright owned by New York Public Library – CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4547643

Happy Pride Month 2018! Starting as a day of remembrance for the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan, often considered a tipping-point for LGBTQ relations in the United States, Pride Month now is a platform for many issues related to the LGBTQ community. According to the Library of Congress, today, “The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.”

A few years ago, HEB added LGBTQ as a primary subject area in our collection. It no longer felt appropriate to designate titles speaking to LGBTQ scholars and communities with another subject heading, and we witnessed increasing demand for diversity in faculty and scholarship coming out of the academe.

The humanities offer students unique perspectives on the history, culture, and possible future of LGBTQ relations in the U.S. and abroad. Some of the titles HEB has decided to highlight below from our collection are strong examples of this—whether it is looking at religious reactions in history to female homoeroticism, historical perspectives on homosexuality and citizenship in America, or how transsexuality has evolved over time in the US.

If you are a scholar, librarian, or student working in LGBTQ Studies and have a recommendation for HEB, please visit our title recommendation page or email HEB.

Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis
by Ronald Bayer, Basic Books (1981)

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Epistemology of the Closet
by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, University of California Press (2008)

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The Queer Composition of America's Sound: Gay Modernists, American Music, and National Identity
by Nadine Hubbs, University of California Press (2004)

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Masculine Interests: Homoerotics in Hollywood Film
by Robert Lang, Columbia University Press (2002)

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The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia
by Tom Boellstorff, Princeton University Press (2005)

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