October 2017 marks the 24th LGBT History Month. During this month, we celebrate and remember the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other gender and sexual minority groups, as well as the history of the LGBT rights movement.
National Coming Out Day itself commemorates the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, often called the “Great March” for both its historical importance and sheer magnitude—over 300,000 participated in the march. October is also the anniversary of the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, having taken place on October 14, 1979.
Spirit Day also takes place in October, this year celebrated on October 19th. Spirit Day both brings awareness to the bullying of LGBT youth and commemorates those in the community that we have lost to suicide.
Online Resources for LGBT History Month include:
LGBT History Month – Official website of the celebration. Every day a new figure in LGBT history will be highlighted.
GLSEN - LGBT History – GLSEN’s web page dedicated to the month, complete with a comprehensive timeline of historical events.
Human Rights Campaign - National Coming Out Day 2017
GLAAD - Spirit Day 2017 – The official web page for 2017’s Spirit Day
On-campus resources for those in the community include the Gay-Straight Alliance (meeting times at 2:00 PM every other Sunday in the Hickman Room in the Olsen Student Center) and Gender Undone (meeting times at 4:00 PM on the first floor of the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center).
Further information on LGBT history and related topics below. An asterisk (*) indicates that the title will be on the 2nd floor display for the month.
Selection of Online Journal Articles and Chapters
Beemyn, Brett. “The Silence Is Broken: A History of the First Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual College Student Groups.” In “Sexuality and Politics since 1945,” special issue. Journal of the History of Sexuality 12, no. 2 (April 2003): 205-223. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3704612.
Blumenfeld, Warren J. “’We’re Here and We’re Fabulous’: Contemporary U.S.-American LGBT Youth Activism.” In Sexualities in Education: A Reader, edited by Erica R. Meiners and Therese Quinn, 73-84. New York City: Peter Lang, 2012. http://www.jstor.org/stable/42981385.
Mills, Robert. “Queer is Here? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Histories and Public Culture.” History Workshop Journal no. 26 (Autumn 2006): 253-263. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25472884.
Selection of LGBT Nonfiction Books
Biegel, Stuart. The Right to be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America’s Public Schools. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Call number: 371.826 B475 2010.*
Bronski, Michael. A Queer History of the United States. Boston: Beacon Press, 2011. Call number: 306.76 B789 2011.*
H. W. Wilson. The Reference Shelf: LGBTQ in the 21st Century. Hackensack, NJ: Grey House, 2017.*
Stryker, Susan. Transgender History. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2008. Call number: 306.768 St899 2008.
Selection of LGBT Fiction Books
Garvin, Jeff. Symptoms of Being Human. New York: Balzer + Bray, 2016. Call Number: YA 813.54 G199 2016.*
Girard, M-E. Girl Mans Up. New York City: HarperCollins, 2016. Call Number: YA 813.54 G441 2016.
Herthel, Jessica and Jazz Jennings. I am Jazz! London: Dial Books, 2014. Call number: CL 306.76 H441 2014.
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. New York City: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012. Call Number: Fic Saenz.
Selection of Films
Jenkins, Barry. Moonlight. New York City: A24, 2016. DVD, 111 min. Call number: DVD 791.4372 M779 2017.
Lucinda Coxon. The Danish Girl. Directed by Tom Hooper. Universal City, CA: Focus Features, 2015. DVD, 119 min. Call number: DVD 791.4372 D228 2016.
Moore, Graham. The Imitation Game. Directed by Morten Tyldum. New York City: Weinstein, 2005. DVD, 114 min. Call number: DVD 791.4372 Im4 2015.
Paz, Senel. Fresa y chocolate [Strawberry and Chocolate]. Directed by Thomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío. Santa Monica, CA: Miramax, 1994. DVD, 108 min. Call number: DVD 791.4372 F891.