LGBTQ+ History Month at the Library

Details of our planned activities for LGBTQ+ History Month.

Reading lists

We've collated these resource collections of fiction, non-fiction, films, and documentaries about LGBTQ+ history and LGBTQ+ experience. Our lists have a mixture of digital and physical resources. Read and watch online or visit our libraries to borrow physical items. Delve in to discover your new favourite book or film, and find out more about LGBTQ+ history.

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LGBTQ+ History resources

Book giveaways

Our book giveaway will run during February. You can find out when we're giving books away by viewing the LGBTQ+ History Month events on the events diary. Follow us on Instagram @uwelibrary for clues about where to find them.

2024 book giveaway titles:

  • Bodies and barriers by Adrian Shanker
    Through artfully articulated, data-informed essays by twenty-six well-known and emerging queer activists, Bodies and barriers informs health care professionals, students in health professions, policymakers, and fellow activists about the health disparities LGBT people pervasively experience and look for tangible improvements.
  • Speak no evil by Uzodinma Iweala
    Niru has a painful secret: he is queer—an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, his best friend, the daughter of prominent Washington insiders—and the one person who seems not to judge him.
  • Female masculinities and the gender wars by Finn Mackay
    Using queer and female masculinities as a lens, Finn Mackay investigates the current generational shift that is refusing the previous assumed fixity of sex, gender and sexual identity. An increasingly important topic in political science and sociological academia, this book aims to break new ground in the discussion of the politics of gender and identity. 
  • Legends and lattes by Travis Baldree
    Legends and lattes
    is the wholesome and cozy fantasy you didn’t know you needed. Viv, the orc barbarian, worn out after decades of raising hell, cashes out of the warrior’s life to try opening a coffee shop. The rewards of the uncharted path are the travellers you meet along the way. And whether drawn together by ancient magic, flaky pastry, or a freshly brewed cup, they may become partners, family, and something deeper than she ever could have dreamed.
  • Loveless by Alice Oseman
    Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but she’s sure she’ll find her person one day. As she starts university with her best friends, new words start to get thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – and Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever. Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?
  • We can do better than this: 35 voices on the future of LGBTQ+ rights by Amelia Abraham
    How can we create a better world for LGBTQ+ people? In We can do better than this, Olly Alexander, Peppermint, Owen Jones, Beth Ditto, Holland, and more share their stories and visions for the future through deeply moving stories and provocative new arguments on safety and visibility, dating and gender, care and community.
  • Despised and rejected by Rose Allatini
    Persephone Books reprints neglected books by women writers. Published in May 1918 under the pseudonym A.T. Fitzroy. 800 copies were sold before the book was deemed 'morally unhealthy and most pernicious' and the publisher was put on trial, fined and ordered to surrender the remaining 200. With strong themes: opposition to war, acceptance of homosexuality, tolerance of others. This book was ahead of its time, with ideas that are still very relevant today.
  • Felix ever after by Kacen Callendar
    Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. As he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

Social media celebration

Join us on our social media accounts as we celebrate LGBTQ+ history, achievement and culture.

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