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LGBTQ+ Stories

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The Mask you Live In

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity.

2015. 92 min.

The Year we Thought About Love

What happens when LGBTQ youth decide to create a play about queer love to tour to area high schools? The Hollywood Reporter writes that the play "shocks, entertains, and awes!"

2014. 69 min.

After Stonewall

After Stonewall

After Stonewall chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life since the riots of 1969 at Stonewall, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village up to the end of the 20th century. 

1999. 87 min.

Sinner in Mecca

A Sinner in Mecca - Challenging Faith in the Face of Adversity

A gay filmmaker takes great risks by embarking on the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca, and in the process confronts a personal jihad.

2015 80 min. 

Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger

This biopic of author, playwright and AIDS activist, Larry Kramer examines his impact on contemporary gay America.

2015 82 min.



This film is a reflection on art, sexuality and identity, incorporating into the film, the aesthetics of the celebrated 17th-century painter.

1986 91 min.


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Queer Voices from the Locker Room

This book is a collection of autobiographical short stories of LGBT+ athletes and their experiences in sports and athletics, some who are publicly out and some who are not.

2018. By McGivern, C.T., & Miller, P.C.

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Trans Voices: Becoming Who You Are

Through over one hundred interviews with individuals, this book details the diverse experiences and challenges faced by those who transition to become who they really believe they are.

2017. By Henry, D.

Alan Turing

The Case of Alan Turing

Alan Turing, considered the father of computer science and AI, played a crucial role during World War Two to help win the war. He was prosecuted for homosexual acts and was forced to undergo chemical castration. 

2016. By Eric Liberge and Arnaud Delalande.

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Prairie Fairies : A History of Queer Communities and People in Western Canada

Prairie Fairies explores the regional experiences and activism of queer men and women by looking at the community centres, newsletters, magazines, and organizations that they created from 1930 to 1985.

2018. By Korinek, Valerie J.

Spawning Generations

A collection of stories by queerspawn (people with LGBTQ+ parents) spanning six decades, three continents, and five countries. Curated by queerspawn, this anthology is about carving out a space for queerspawn to tell their own stories.

2018. By Peterson Mantas

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Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity

In this groundbreaking book, thirty authors highlight how our experiences are shaped by a deeply entrenched gender binary.

2019. By Micah Rajunov & A. Scott Duane

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Trans People in Higher Education

Addresses the experiences of trans college students, faculty, and staff in a single volume for the first time.

2019. By Genny Beemyn

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Not Here: Poems

Nguyen's poems ache with loneliness and desire and the giddy terrors of allowing yourself to hope for love, and revel in moments of connection achieved.

2018. By Hieu Minh Nguyen

A Two-Spirit Journey

A Two-Spirit Journey is Ma-Nee Chacaby's extraordinary account of her life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian.

2016. Ma-Nee Chacaby & Mary Louisa Plummer

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The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom

The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom examines the evasive depictions of sexuality in domestic and family-friendly sitcoms.

2018. By Tison Pugh

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That's So Gay!: Challenging Homophobic Bullying

This book advises schools on the prevention of homophobic-bullying, working with those who bully, handling disclosures and anti-bullying policies.

2015 By Jonathan Charlesworth.

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Boys` Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols

Contributors to this collection situate the proliferation of queer representations, productions, fantasies, and desires as a reaction against the norms in discourses surrounding nation-states, linguistics, geopolitics, genders, and sexualities.

2017. By Maud Lavin; Ling Yang; Jing Jamie Zhao

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Roll Over, Tchaikovsky! Russian Popular Music and Post-Soviet Homosexuality

A book about musical experiences of homosexual males in contemporary Russia.

2014 By Stephen Amico.

Queering Urban Justice: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto

Queering Urban Justice foregrounds visions of urban justice that are critical of racial and colonial capitalism.

2018. By Haritaworn, J., Moussa, G., Ware, S.M., & Rodríguez, R.

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Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas: Policy Innovation for Same-Sex Relationships

This book examines policymaking concerning same-sex relationships in the countries of North and South America.

2010 By Shawn Schulenberg, Adriana Piatti-Crocker, Jason Pierceson.

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Sissy! The Effeminate Paradox in Postwar US Literature and Culture

This book explores the representation of effeminate men and boys in American literature and culture.

2017 By Harry Thomas.

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Living and Loving in Diversity

Sad and funny, sexy and sensitive, angry and insightful: the deeply personal stories in this book reflect a rainbow of experiences and emotions, as diverse as the storytellers themselves.

2018. By Pallotta-Chiarolli, Maria

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The Body of Work: John Rechy’s Sensual Poetics

In depicting the lives of hustlers and queens, Rechy's early fiction provides the first affirmative images of transwomen in American letters. The Body of Work is the first book-length study of the writings of this pioneer of both queer and Chicano literature.

2019. By Michael Bucher

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Book of Gomorrah: An Eleventh-Century Treatise Against Clerical Homosexual Practices

Some of the root causes of characteristic negative attitude towards homosexuality can be traced to this text, written 900 years ago.

2010. By Peter Damian.

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