LGBT Resource Guide

October 18, 2011 at 8:00 am 3 comments

October is LGBT History Month!

October is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month and October 11th was National Coming Out Day.  These events draw attention to the growing visibility of LGBT individuals in the present who are just naming their identities as well as to our expanding knowledge of the impact of LGBT folks in the past.  This work of highlighting visible tradition and connecting vital past to vital present is crucial for LGBT community.

As Distance Learning Librarian Jason Ezell and Research & Instruction Librarian Melissa Ravely both have personal connections to the LGBT community, Jason and Melissa created the lists below covering a variety of library resources pertaining to these LGBT topics.  We hope they indicate the richness, strength, and variety of LGBT life.

All of these items are available through Cook Library.

Coming Out
Books: Largely non-fiction accounts of individuals’ experiences, plus a few help guides for those about to come out and fiction stories related to the topic.
Films on Demand Videos: Documentary clips comprising full videos detailing various people’s experiences coming out.

LGBT History
Books: Chronicles of people, events, cultures, and places relating to LGBTs throughout history from ancient Greeks to modern day.
Films on Demand Videos: A variety of clips comprising full videos detailing different religions’ views about LGBTs as well as historic LGBT events

Books: Biographies and autobiographies of famous members of the LGBT community as well as many everyday peoples.
Films on Demand Videos: Biographical documentary clips comprising full videos.

Juvenile (K-12)
Books: Books categorized for readers K-12 from fiction picture books and novels to non-fiction histories and self-help books for teens.

DVDs: A sampling of the Media Resource Service’s dvds, ranging from biopics to documentaries to feature films.

In addition to the above items, a few websites may prove to be helpful resources, too:

The Human Rights Campaign’s Coming Out page and the It Gets Better campaign website could enlighten the potential challenges of leaving the closet.

The New York Public Library’s Gay and Lesbian Studies resources page and the glbtq online encyclopedia provide rich insight into LGBT history.

The LGBT History Month website focuses this year on the biographies of 31 prominent LGBT icons.

Towson University’s own October LGBT events calendar page and LGBTQA History Timeline offer local resources on these important issues.


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