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    • This is a curated reading list of items kept in the Queen Mary University of London's Library Collections. As a curated list it will not be representative of the full Library collection as there are still a wealth of items which did not make the list, and plenty of masterpieces that has yet to be discovered.
    • The aim of the reading list is to celebrate narratives, lives and research, which covers different angles of the LGBTQI experience. The material may challenge your preconceived ideas about the world we live in, as well as entertain and inform you. 
    • The list does have a historical focus, as it was created for the LGBT History Month. It will allow you to explore individuals, stories and theoretical concepts which have shaped the world we live in.

  1. (Mainly) Fictional Narratives 17 items
    A selection of fiction, poetry and plays which have made an imprint on history. Including "Well of Loneliness" (published in 1928), which was banned shortly after it was published, and "Maurice" (published in 1971), which was not published until after E.M. Forster's death, almost sixty years after it was first written. But, also examples of material which was created in a much more open time, like the Tony award winning play "Angels in America" and the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Middlesex".
    1. Angels in America - Kushner, Tony 01/01/2013

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    2. The black unicorn: poems - Audre Lorde 1995

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    3. Boy meets boy - David Levithan 2013, c2003

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    4. Callaloo & other lesbian love tales - LaShonda K. Barnett c1999

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    5. The color purple - Alice Walker 1983

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    6. Confessions of a mask - Yukio Mishima, Meredith Weatherby 1960

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    7. Giovanni's room - James Baldwin 2007

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    8. The hours - Michael Cunningham 2006

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    9. Maurice - E. M. Forster, Philip Nicholas Furbank, David Leavitt 2005

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    10. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides 2002

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    11. Nightwood - Djuna Barnes 2007

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    12. Oranges are not the only fruit - Jeanette Winterson 1991

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    13. Orlando: a biography - Virginia Woolf, J.H. Stape 1998

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    14. Stone butch blues: a novel - Leslie Feinberg c1993

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    15. Tipping the velvet - Sarah Waters 1999

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    16. The well of loneliness - Radclyffe Hall 2008

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  2. Diaries/Biographies/Autobiographies/Memoirs 17 items
    (Auto)Biographies and memoirs about and by a range of individuals from today and our recent past. Notable books are Gertrude Stein's "The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas", where the author retells her life with her life partner in pre-war Paris, and the life and experiences of Larry Kramer, an early AIDS activist and survivor.
    1. An Arab melancholia: a novel - Abdellah Taïa, Frank Stock c2012

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    2. At your own risk: a saint's testament - Derek Jarman, Michael Christie 1993

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    3. The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas - Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas 1933

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    4. Body, remember : a memoir - Fries, Kenny, 1960 01/01/2003

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    5. Conundrum - Jan Morris 2002

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    6. Edward Carpenter: a life of liberty and love - Sheila Rowbotham 2008

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    7. Feminist, queer, crip - Alison Kafer 2013

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    8. L Is for Lion : Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir - Lanzillotto, Annie Rachele 15/02/2013

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    9. Lost prophet: the life and times of Bayard Rustin - John D'Emilio 2004

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    10. Marguerite Yourcenar: inventing a life - Josyane Savigneau 1993

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    11. The naked civil servant - Quentin Crisp 2007

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    12. Red Azalea: life and love in China - Anchee Min 1993

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    13. The secret diaries of Miss Anne Lister (1791-1840) - Anne Lister 2010

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    14. She looks just like you - Miller, Amie Klempnauer 01/01/2010

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    15. Trans: a memoir - Juliet Jacques 2016

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  3. LGBTQI History 21 items
    Explore our recent past through the eyes of the LGBTQI community. Everything from how homosexuality has been portrayed in films during the last 20th Century, to how the 2nd World War enabled LGBTQI soldiers on the front line to break their isolation, and how the United States Army's homophobia led to people coming out to avoid military service.
    1. AIDS in the UK: the making of policy, 1981-1994 - Virginia Berridge 1996

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    2. Among women - Auanger, Lisa 01/01/2002

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    3. Coming out under fire - Freedman, Estelle B 01/01/1990

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    4. Daughters of desire: lesbian representations in film - Shameem Kabir 1998

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    5. Drag: a history of female impersonation in the performing arts - Roger Baker, Peter Burton 1994

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    6. Gay Berlin: birthplace of a modern identity - Robert Beachy 2014

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    7. Gay voices of the Harlem Renaissance - A. B. Christa Schwarz c2003

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    8. If memory serves: gay men, AIDS, and the promise of the queer past - Christopher Castiglia, Christopher Reed c2012

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    9. A lesbian history of Britain: love and sex between women since 1500 - Rebecca Jennings 2007

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    10. The lesbian history sourcebook: love and sex between women in Britain from 1780-1970 - Alison Oram, Annmarie Turnbull 2001

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    11. London and the culture of homosexuality, 1885-1914 - Matt Cook 2003

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    12. Polari - The Lost Language of Gay Men - Baker, Paul 02/09/2003

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    13. Stonewall - Martin Bauml Duberman 1994

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    14. Transgender history - Susan Stryker cop. 2008

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  4. Theory, and how it is today 20 items
    Explore some of the theories which exists around the LGBTQIA experiences, interspersed is also a mix of studies and research accounts about LGBTQIA experiences around the world.
    1. Bisexuality and transgenderism: InterSEXions of the others - Yescavage, Karen 01/01/2012

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    2. Bisexuality: identities, politics, and theories - Surya Monro 2015

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    3. Decolonizing sexualities 2016

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    4. Homosexuality in Islam: critical reflection on gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims - Scott Alan Kugle 2010

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    5. Intersexuality and the Law : Why Sex Matters - Stam, Robert 01/01/2012

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    6. No straight lines: four decades of queer comics - Justin Hall 2013

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    7. Queer diasporas - Cindy Patton, Benigno Sánchez-Eppler 2000

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    8. Sexuality and social justice in Africa: rethinking homophobia and forging resistance - Marc Epprecht c2013

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    9. Trans/Portraits : Voices from Transgender Communities - Shultz, Jackson Wright 06/10/2015

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  5. Films/TV 17 items
    A number of films and TV shows which in different ways depicts LGBTQI life. Take note of the Oscar Award winning films "Boys Don't Cry", "Brokeback Mountain", and "Philadelphia" or get entrenched with the New York Ball Scene of the mid to late 1980's in "Paris is Burning".
    1. Aimée & Jaguar - Max Färberböck, Günter Rohrbach, Hanno Huth, Rona Munro 2001 (dvd)

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    2. Boys don't cry - Kimberly Peirce, Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard c2000 (dvd)

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    3. Brokeback Mountain - Ang Lee, Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana, James Schamus c2006 (dvd)

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    4. Caravaggio - Derek Jarman, Sarah Radclyffe, Nicholas Ward-Jackson, Nigel Terry 2007 (dvd)

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    5. Fire - Deepa Mehta, Bobby Bedi, Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das c2005 (motion picture)

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    6. Go fish - Rose Troche, Guinevere Turner, T. Wendy McMillan, Migdalia Melendez 1994 (dvd)

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    7. Kissing Jessica Stein - Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Scott Cohen 2003 (dvd)

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    8. The Laramie project - Moisés Kaufman, Dylan Baker, Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda c2003 (dvd)

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    9. My beautiful laundrette - Stephen Frears 2001 (dvd)

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    10. Mädchen in Uniform - Géza Radványi, Artur Brauner, F. D. Andam, Franz Höllering 2010 (dvd = girls in uniform)

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    11. Orange is the new black [DVD]: Season one - Jenji Kohan, Neri Kyle Tannenbaum, Sara Hess, Michael Trim 2014

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    12. Orlando - Sally Potter, Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Virginia Woolf 2003 (dvd)

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    13. Paris is burning - Jennie Livingston, Off White Productions 2009 (dvd)

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    14. Philadelphia - Jonathan Demme 1993 (dvd)

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    15. Pride - Matthew Warchus, David Livingstone, Stephen Beresford c2015 (videorecording)

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    16. Tipping the velvet - Sally Head, Georgina Lowe, Andrew Davies, Geoffrey Sax 2004 (videorecording)

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    17. Todo sobre mi madre: All about my mother - Pedro Almodóvar, Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penelope Cruz 2000 (dvd =)

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  6. Wellbeing 8 items
    A few books which may help you to gain further wellbeing. Did you know there is a wellbeing section in the Library covering many different topics?
    1. A few books which may help you to gain further wellbeing.

    2. Assertively gay: how to build gay self-esteem - Terry Sanderson 1997

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    3. Mom, Dad, I'm gay: how families negotiate coming out - Ritch C. Savin-Williams ©2001

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    4. My gender workbook: how to become a real man, a real woman, the real you, or something else entirely - Kate Bornstein 1998

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    5. This book is gay - James Dawson, Spike Gerrell 2014

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