Olson Library Resources

For ALLIES of the

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community

Northern Michigan University

Revised January 4, 2000



                        Books on these Topics:


                                    College Life…………………………………………..5


                                    Legal Issues…………………………………………..9

                                    Marriage and Family…………………………..10

                                    Coming Out…………………………………………12

                                    Life Stories………………………………………….14

                                    Reference Books…………………………………16


                                    Native American…………………………………17


                                    Homophobia and heterosexism………….18


Olson Library Resources for ALLIES of the

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community

Revised January 4, 2000


Out of the Past /Inverted Pictures; directed and produced by Jeff Dupre; written by                     Michelle Ferrari.  [New York]; A-Pix Entertainment, c1998. (70 min.) : sd., col. With b&w      sequences.

Call Number:  Media Collection HQ 76.8.U5 089 1998

The struggle for lesbian and gay rights in the United States is reviewed.  Also featured is the struggle of the Gay Straight Alliance at East High School in Salt Lake City.

The Question of Equality /series senior producer, Isaac Julien; executive producer, David Meieran; a Testing the Limits production in association with Channel four Television, UK.;    Independent Television Service.  KQED Video, c1995.

4 videocassettes (ca. 55 min. each) : sd., col.

Call Number:  Media Collection HQ 76.8 .U5 Q48 1995

Using archival footage and interviews, this video set documents the hard-fought gains and heartbreaking losses in the struggle for gay and lesbian equality.

Pt. 1. Out rage ‘69/pt. 2. Culture wars/pt. 3. Hollow liberty/pt. 4. Generation “Q”

The Times of Harvey Milk .  Beverly Hills, CA: Pacific Arts Video, c1986. (88 min.): sd., col.

Call Number:  Media Collection HQ 76.8 .U5 T56 1986

A portrait of the life and career of Harvey Milk, a charismatic grass-roots activist, and one of the first avowed homosexuals elected to political office.  Through television news footage and interviews, follow him from his early days as a Castro Street businessman to his murder, along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, in 1978.  Relates these events to the ongoing movement for gay rights in the United States.

It’s elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School /directed by Debra Chasnoff; produced by Helen S. Cohen and Debra Chasnoff.  San Francisco, CA: Women’s Educational Media, c1996.

(77 min., 35 sec.): sd., col.

Call Number:  Media Collection  LC 192.6 .I87 1996

An exploration of what happens when experienced teachers talk to their students about lesbians and gay men.  Students are asked to consider issues related to homosexuality at six elementary and middle schools.  Footage of classroom activities and discussions are presented with students exploring questions and issues presented to them by teachers and guest lecturers who come into their classes.  School-wide presentations, activity-days, and how these events affect faculty, parents and teachers are also discussed.

Last Call at Maud’s /The Maud Project. [New York, NY]: Water Bearer Films, 1993.

(77 min.): sd., col. And b & w.

Call Number:  Media Collection  HQ 75.6 .U5 L28 1993

A look at the world’s longest running lesbian bar, Maud’s in San Francisco.  Film interweaves rare archive film of the gay bar scene in the 1940’s, the vice raids of the 1950’s, the gay counter culture of the 1960’s and “coming out” in the 1970’s up until the bar closed its doors in 1989.

Beauty before age /a documentary by Johnny Symons.  Hohokus, NJ: New Day Films, 1997.

(22 min.): sd., col.

Call Number:  Media Collection HQ 76 .B42. 1997

Explores the power of youth and beauty in the gay community.  A diverse group of man, ages 19 to 77, navigate their fears of becoming old, undesirable, and alone.  This film also offers a male perspective on a historical female issue, and illuminates the larger societal obsession with physical appearance.

All God’s Children /Woman Vision; National Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum; National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; producers/directors, Dr. Dee Mosbacher, Francis Reid, and Dr. Sylvia Rhue. [San Francisco, CA]: Woman Vision, c1996  (26 min.): sd., col.

Call Number:  Media Collection BV 4437.5 .A45 1996

A look at some of the issues and concerns of Black gays and lesbians with comments from prominent political and religious leaders in the Black community.

Bubbeh Lee & Me /Produced, directed and edited by Andy Abrahams Wilson; Open Eye Pictures.  Hohokus, NJ: New Day Films, 1996.  (35 min.): sd., col.

Call Number:  Media Collection HQ 76.8 .B82 1996

Portrait of an extraordinary, ordinary Jewish grandmother and her gay grandson’s search for his place in the world.


Between the Lines (Ann Arbor, MI)  “Serving lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and friends.”

“Michigan’s gay newspaper.”


The Shared Heart:Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual young people /Photographs by Adam Mastoon.  New York: William Morrow; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, c1997.

Call number:  HQ 75.2 .M37 1997

Award winning volume of handsome portraits of 40 gay, lesbian, and bisexual young people and their own one-page personal statements which demonstrate the diversity and demystify the experiences of today’s youth.

Passages of Pride:Lesbian and Gay Youth Come of Age by Kurt Chandler.  New York: Times Books, c1995

Call Number:  HQ 76.26 .C43 1995

Interviews with St. Paul teenagers and profiles of other teens confronting-sometimes triumphantly, sometimes tragically-the challenges of coming out to themselves and the world.

Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth—and Their Allies by Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufman.  New York: Harper Perennial, c1996

Call number:  HQ76.2 U5 B38 1996

This guide for youth and those who care about them includes many valuable, practical suggestions and pointers to additional resources.  The authors cover it all in chapters from “Friends” and “Love” to “Living in Your Community.”

Lesbian & Gay Youth: Care & Counseling by Caitlin Ryan, Donna Futterman.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1998

Call number:  RJ 101.3 .R9 1998

Emphasizing that “quality care for lesbian and gay youth is quality care for all youth,” this comprehensive guide helps primary care providers learn the right questions to ask as well as the right answers to give.

Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence edited by Marion Dane Bauer.  New York: HarperCollins, c1994.

Call number:  Juvenile/Young Adult Collection  A4 B38

A collection of short stories about homosexuality by such authors as Bruce Coville, M. E. Kerr, William Sleator, and Jane Yolen.

Death by Denial: Studies of Suicide in Gay and Lesbian Teenagers edited by Gary Remafedi.

Boston, MA: Alyson Publications, 1994.

Call number:  HV 6545.4 .D43 1994

This anthology of studies seeks to expand the readers’ understanding about the inordinate risk of suicide facing gay and lesbian youth.

Not Like Other Boys: Growing up Gay-A Mother and Son Look Back by Marlene Fanta Shyer and Christopher Shyer.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

Call number:  HQ 75.8 .S48 A3 1996

In alternating chapters, a mother and son recall how each journeyed from fear and denial to love and honesty.

College Life:

Coming Out in College: The struggle for a Queer Identity by Robert A. Rhoads.  Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 1994.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 R48 1994

Employing perspectives from critical and postmodern theory and based on the experience of nine male college students who identify themselves as gay.  Explores the construction of cultural borders, individuals within the borders, cultural borders and the group, and redefining cultural borders.  Booknews, Inc., November 1, 1995

Beyond Tolerance: Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals on Campus edited by Nancy J. Evans and Vernon A. Wall.  Alexandria, VA: American College Personnel Association, 1991.

Call number:  LB 2343 .B49 1991

Written especially for student affairs professionals, administrators, faculty and student leaders, this collection of articles examines the controversies surrounding identity development, homophobia, career planning, student organizations on campus.

Becoming visible: A Reader in Gay & Lesbian History for High School & College Students /Kevin Jennings, editor.  Boston: Alyson Publications, 1994

Call number: HQ 76.25 .B425 1994

The Director of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educators’ Network: covers 2000 years of history and a range of cultures with classroom activities and suggested readings.

“The Campus Environment for Gay and Lesbian Life,” Chapter 9 in Making Trouble: Essays on Gay history, Politics, and the University by John D’Emilio.  New York: Routledge, 1992, pp. 148‑154.

Call Number:  HQ 76.8 .U5 D447 1992

“Building Academic Communities of Difference: Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals on Campus,” by William G. Tierney in Change, v.24, no. 2, March/April, 1992, pp. 41-46.

Call Number: Periodicals LB 2300 .C4

From Invisibility to Inclusion: Opening the Doors for Lesbians and Gay Men at the University of Michigan .  [Ann Arbor, MI]: The University of Michigan, 1991.

Call Number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 F76 1991

Making Colleges and Universities Safe for Gay and Lesbian Students;  Report and Recommendations of the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth .  Boston: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State House, 1993.

Call Number:  LB 2866 .M37 1993. 

The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader edited by Henry Abelove, Michele Aina Barale, David M. Halperin.  New York: Routledge, 1993.

Call Number:  HQ 76.25 .L48 1993

The most comprehensive multi-disciplinary anthology of critical work in lesbian/gay studies brings together 42 groundbreaking essays which illustrate the range, scope, diversity, appeal, and power of the work currently being done in this field of study.  Recommended for anyone interested in the nature of gay and lesbian studies, the history of sexuality, sexual politics, and gender studies.


Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-century America by Lillian Faderman.  New York: Columbia University Press, c1991.

Call Number:  HQ 75.6 .U5 F33 1991

Traces the evolution of lesbian identity and subcultures using journals, manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and interviews to relate a surprising narrative of lesbian life in America.

Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History from the Puritans to Playland /compiled by the History Project; foreword by Barney Frank.  Boston: Beacon Press, c1998.

Call Number:  HQ 76.3 .U52 M45 1998

Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women, from the Renaissance to the Present by Lillian Faderman.  New York: Morrow, 1981.

Call Number:  HQ 75.5 .F33 1981

An award winning cultural history of women’s passionate friendships.  Literature, trial records, love letters, pornography, and the proclamations of experts across centuries illustrate the changing patterns of romantic friendship and theories of female sexuality.

Stonewall by Martin Duberman.  New York, N. Y., U.S.A.: Dutton, c1993

Call Number:  HQ 76.8 .U5 D85 1993

On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, was raided.  Instead of routine compliance expected by police, five days of rioting ensued.  Duberman recreates those nights through the lives of six people who were drawn in to the struggle for gay and lesbian rights.

Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Makings of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 by George Chauncey.  New York: Basic Books, c1994.

Based on a diaries, legal records, and manuscripts, this book challenges the notion that before the 1960’s gay life existed only in the closet and reveals the history of American attitudes toward gay people.

The Gay Metropolis: 1940-1996 by Charles Kaiser.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U52 N486 1997

“Brisk, splashy, dishy…Kaiser…manages to suggest something of the flavor of gay life in different decades and to convey effectively the gradual changes in gay peoples’ self-images and social status..” [Washington Post]

Kaiser writes about such luminaries as Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, and James Baldwin and how gay art and writings transformed the lives of everyday gay people.

Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two by Allan Berube.  New York: Free Press, c1990.

Call Number:  D 769.2 .B46 1990

Based on interviews with gay and lesbian veterans, wartime letters, recently declassified government documents, and other sources, Berube tells the story of how the military’s mobilization for war made soldiers confront homosexuality in their personal lives and changed the ways that homosexuality fit into American institutions.  [Booknews, Inc., February 1, 1991]

Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990: An Oran History /Eric Marcus.  New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, c1992.

Told in the words of the men and women who participated in the movement, coverage ranges from the period when homosexuals were routinely beaten by police to the day when gay rights leaders were invited to the White House.

Same-sex Unions in Premodern Europe by John Boswell.  New York: Villard Books, 1994.

Call Number:  HQ 76.3 .E8 B68 1994

Both highly praised and controversial, this book produces evidence that at one time the Catholic and Eastern orthodox churches not only sanctioned unions between partners of the same sex, but sanctified them—in ceremonies strikingly similar to heterosexual marriage ceremonies.

The Other Side of Silence: Men’s Live and Gay Identities: A Twentieth Century History /John Loughery.  New York: H. Holt, 1998

Call Number:  HQ 76.2 .U5 L68 1998

Take the Young Stranger by the Hand: Same-sex Relations and the YMCA /John Donald Gustav-Wrathall.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Call Number:  BV 1090 .G88 1998

There are two decidedly different images of the YMCA and its contributions to the lives of young men alone in the city, set adrift from hearth and home.  Although it positions itself as a stabilizing moral force, it also has a reputation for housing unregulated gay male sexual activity.  Gustav-Wrathall reveals these contradictory traditions highlights some of the contradictions and the dilemmas faced by gay men living and serving in organizations and in a society where homophobia is the rule.

Homosexuality in Cold War America: Resistance and the Crisis of Masculinity / Robert J. Corber.

Durham: Duke University Press, 1997.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 C65 1997

Challenging widely held assumptions about postwar gay male culture and politics, Corber examines how gay men in the 1950’s resisted pressures to remain in the closet.  Corber combines readings of novels, plays, and films of the period with historical research.

Bisexuality in the Ancient World/Eva Cantarella.  New haven: Yale University press, 1992.

Call number:  HQ 76.2 .R6 C3613 1992

The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against homosexuals by Richard Plant.  New York: h. Holt, c1988.

Call number:  HQ 76.2 .G4 P55 1988

The first book to appear in English on the fate of homosexuals in Nazi Germany.  Concentration camp life with homosexual prisoners at the lowest rung in the hierarchy, is revealed through diaries, German documents and interviews and letters from survivors.

It’s Not Unusual: A History of Lesbian and Gay Britain in the Twentieth Century /Alkarrim Jivani.

Bloomington: Indiana University Press, c1997.

Call number:  HQ 75.2 .J58 1997

A lively anecdotal illustrated account of lesbian and gay Britain told by 36 men and women from the end of the first world war to the nineties with recollections of fashionable clothes, insider slang, books and music.

Britannia’s Glory: A History of Twentieth-century Lesbians by Emily Hamer.  London: Cassell, 1996.

Call number:  HQ 75.6 .G7 H35 1996

Traces the lives of individual lesbians against the background of politics and history of their period showing the variety of ways in which lesbians made their lives.

Legal Issues:

The Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men:  The basic ACLU Guide to a Gay Person’s Rights by Nan D. Hunter, Sherryl E. Michaelson, Thomas B. Stoddard.  3rd ed.  Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, c1992.

Call number:  KF 4754.4 .Z9 R54 1992

Written in a question and answer format, this guide surveys rights under law with respect to freedom of speech and association, employment, housing, the military, family, criminal matters, security clearance, and HIV disease.

Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Law /edited by William B. Rubenstein.  New York: New Press, 1993.

Call number:  KF 4754.5 .A7 L48 1993

The director of the ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project compiles the most important legal materials with illustrations of sex role and sexual orientation discrimination.

Life Planning: Legal Documents & Protections for Lesbians & Gay Men .  New York, NY: Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, c1992.

Call number:  KF 538 .L53 1992

A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples/by Hayden Curry, Denis Clifford, and Robin Leonard.  Berkeley: Nolo Press, 1993.

Call number:  KF 538 .C87 1993

A practical guide to legal issues such as domestic partner benefits, estate planning, child custody, and powers of attorney.

“Bag a Fag”: Police Misconduct, Entrapment and Crimes against Gay Men in Michigan /by Rudy Serra.  Detroit, MI: Triangle Foundation, c1999

Call number:  HQ 76.8 .M5 S47 1999

Private Lives, Public Conflicts: Battles over Gay Rights in American Communities /James W. button, Barbara A. Rienzo, Kenneth d. Wald; foreword by Barney Frank.  Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, c1997.

Call number:  HQ 76.8 .U5 B87 1997

Explores the grass roots movement for legal protection on the basis of sexual orientation, the conditions that enable or block passage of local legislation, the impact of such laws, the effect on public schools, and the nature of the political opposition.

Sexual Orientation and the Law /the editors of the Harvard Law Review.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.

Call number:  KF 4754.5 .S492 1990

Marriage and Family:

The Lesbian and Gay parenting Handbook: Creating and Raising Our Families by April Martin.

New York: HarperPerennial, 1993

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 M36 1993

Through the voices of lesbian and gay parents and their children, this handbook shows how to build the support network parents need and explores the issues involved in forming and nurturing a lesbian or gay family.

Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship by Kathy Weston.  New York: Columbia University press, c1991.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 W48 1991

Winner of a Ruth Benedict Prize in Anthropology, this classic text draws upon fieldwork and interviews to explore the ways gay men and lesbians are constructing their own notions of kinship by drawing on the symbolism of love, friendship, and biology.

A Member of the Family: Gay Men Write About Their Families edited and with an introduction by John Preston.  New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Dutton, 1992.

Call number:  HQ 76.2 .U5 M46 1992

Preston commissioned essays from 27 of the gay writers to create this Lambda Award Winning anthology.  “A vivid collage of American lives.”—The Advocate

Zack’s Story: Growing Up with Same-sex Parents /Keith Elliot Greenberg; photographs by Carol Halebian.  Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications Co., c1996.

Call number:  Juvenile/Young Adult Collection  306.874 G74

Eleven-year-old Zack talks about his life with his lesbian mother and his “second mother” in an attractively appointed photo-essay.  Such a positive nonfiction portrait of family structure is uncommon in books for young readers.

Permanent Partners: Building Gay & Lesbian Relationships That Last /Betty Berzon.  New York: E.P. Dutton, c1988.

Call number:  HQ76.3 .U5 B47 1988

A guide for lesbian and gay couples to talk about such concerns as the merging of identities, waning sex, the inability to resolve conflicts, competing career demands, illnesses, substance abuse problems, and mid-life crises.

Legally Wed: Same-sex marriage and the Constitution/Mark Strasser.  Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, c1997.

Call number:  KF 539 .S77 1997

The legal and moral arguments for opposing the anti-gay anti-marriage campaigns in the states.

Coming Out:

Coming Out to Parents: A Two-way Survival Guide For Lesbians and Gay Men and Their Parents /Mary V. Borhek.  Cleveland, Ohio: Pilgrim press, 1993.

Call number:  HQ 75.5 .B68 1993

Borhek offers sympathetic and concrete advice to lesbians and gay men exploring the fears accompanying the revelation of themselves to parents and guidance through the reactions and changes that follow.

Coming Home to America: A Road Map to Gay & Lesbian Empowerment / by Torie Osborn.

New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996.

The former head of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force provides a blueprint for broad social revolution that starts by looking within one’s own heart.  She suggests ways in which gays, lesbians, and everyone else can come together and build inclusive communities.

Coming Out of Shame: Transforming Gay and Lesbian Lives by Gershen Kaufman and Lev Raphael, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1996

Call number: HQ 75.25 .K38 1996

Kaufman and Raphael reveal how shame affects the lives of gay men and lesbians powerfully shaping the development of self-esteem, identity, and intimacy.  Filled with the experiences of those struggling to overcome shame, this book offers a way to “come out of shame” and begin the journey toward wholeness and self acceptances.

The Family Heart: A Memoir of When Our Son Came Out by Robb Forman Dew.  Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, c1994.

Call number: HQ 76.2 .U5 D49 1994

American Book Award-winning novelist Dew gives a moving account of what she learned when her oldest son came out, how the straight members of her family overcame confusion and grief, arriving at an understanding beyond tolerance.

Now That You Know: What Every Parent Should Know About Homosexuality by Betty Fairchild & Nancy Hayward.  2nd ed.  San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 F33 1989

A classic text providing support and information for parents.

Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk About Their Experiences by Carolyn Welch Griffin, Marian j. Wirth, Arthur G. Wirth.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, [1990]

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 G75 1990

Deals with a variety of issues facing straight parents of gay children, from facing what the neighbors will say to worrying about AIDS and social ostracism.

Different Daughters: A book by Mothers of Lesbians edited by Louise Rafkin.  Pittsburgh: Cleis Press, c1987.

Call number:  HQ 75.6 .U5 D54 1987

Mothers of lesbians trace the growth of their relationships with their daughters.

Parents Matter: Parents’ Relationships with Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons /by Ann Muller.  Tallahassee, FL.: Naiad Press, 1987.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 M85 1987

Based on interviews of lesbian daughters and gay sons, this book explores how and why they come out to their parents and how parents react as time goes by.

The Journey Out: A Guide For and About Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Teens /by Rachel Pollack and Cheryl Schwartz.  New York, N.Y.: Viking, 1995.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 P655 1995

Suggests how teenagers may discover their sexual orientation, find self-acceptance, come out, cope with prejudice, and deal with religious and political issues.

Positively Gay: New Approaches to Gay and Lesbian Life edited by Betty Berzon; foreword by Barney Frank.  Updated and expanded.  Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1992.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 P68 1992

Loving Someone Gay by Don Clark.  Rev. and updated.  Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1987.

Call number: HQ 76.2 .U5 C57 1987

A guide for gay men, their friends, and therapists who want to understand and support them.

Someone I Love is Gay: How Family & Friends Can Respond by Anita Worthen & Bob Davies.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, c1996.

Call number:  BR 115 .H6 W67 1996

Based on the authors’ personal and professional experience struggling with family members, this book helps the reader to handle feelings and respond to the loved one.

Life Stories:

The Original Coming Out Stores edited by Julia Penelope and Susan J. Wolfe.  Rev. and enl.  2nd ed.  Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, c1989.

Call number:  HQ 75.3 .C65 1989

A collection of personal narratives and poems about the coming-out experience and its significance spanning four decades.

The Best Little Boy in the World by John Reid.  New York: Ballantine Books, 1993.

Call number HQ 76.3 .U5 R44 1993

The Best Little Boy in the World Grows Up by Andrew P. Tobias.  N.Y.: Random House, 1998.

Call number:  Browsing Collection HQ 75.8 .T6 1998

In 1973, when he was 26 years old, financial guru Tobias published a classic memoir about growing up gay in America under the pseudonym John Reid, The Best Little Boy in the World, which has never been out of print.  Times have changed, and Tobias can now discuss his gay lifestyle more openly and under his own name.  In the sequel, he brings his story up to the present.  [From Booklist, August 19, 1998]

Serving in Silence /Margarethe Cammermeyer with Chris Fisher.  New York: Viking, 1994.

Call number:  UB 418 .G38 C36 1994

Dr. Cammermeyer writes about coming of age, being a mother, coming out, her distinguished military career and discharge, the daily horrors of nursing in Vietnam, her career as Chief Nurse of the Washington State National Guard, and a female soldier’s life, all leading up to her decision to challenge the official National Guard policy on homosexuality and her victory in federal district court.

Growing Up Gay: A Literary Anthology edited by Bennett L. Singer.  N.Y.: The New Press, 1993.

Call number:  Juvenile/Young Adult Collection  808.8 G76

An anthology of over 50 essays, poems, and coming-of-age stories by teenagers and established writers-from James Baldwin to Rita Mae Brown.

Geography of the Heart: A Memoir /Fenton Johnson.  New York, NY: Scribner, c1996.

Call number:  HQ 75.8 .R67 J65 1996

In 1990, Larry Rose, the partner of novelist Fenton Johnson, died of complications from AIDS.  Johnson honors Rose with beautifully written award winning memoir alternating between his own story and Rose’s as far back as childhood.

Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A story About Growing Up Gay by Aaron Fricke.  Boston: Alyson Publications, 1981.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 F74

Fricke attended his high school prom with a male date after suing his school for the right to do so.  Short, simple, joyful, and unassuming, this story about coming to terms with being gay and different in a small New England town is told without self-pity.

Hearing Us Out: Voices From the Gay and Lesbian Community by Roger Sutton; photographs by Lisa Ebright; with a foreword by M. E. Kerr.  Boston: Little, Brown, c1994.

Call number:  Juvenile/Young Adult Collection  305.9 S88

This collection of 15 interviews with gay and lesbian teenagers and adults good for kids wondering about the lives of gay friends and family members and/or their own sexuality.

The Naked Civil Servant/Quentin Crisp; pref. by Michael Holroyd.  New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, [1977] c1968.

Call number:  HQ 75.8 .C74 A35 1977

Classic autobiography of an extraordinary man born in 1908 who adopted an outrageously effeminate manner and eccentric appearance and a determination to be unsparingly truthful.  With wit and grace Crisp recounts his short lived jobs, precarious relationships and the comedy and brutality of London from 1920-1940.  A remarkable account of a life apart.

Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story by Paul Monette.  New York: Harcourt Brace Jonanovich, c1992.

Call number:  HQ 75.8 .M64 A3 1992

National Book Award-winning autobiography.  Monette writes of the pain of being closeted, the effect it had on his writing, and how it shaped (and often destroyed) his relationships.

Reference Books:

Is It a Choice?: Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gays and Lesbians by Eric Marcus.  San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, c1993.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 M35 1993

Encyclopedia of Homosexuality edited by Wayne Dynes.  New York: Garland Pub., 1990.

Call number:  HQ 76.25 .E53 1990

The Alyson Almanac: The Fact Book of the Lesbian and Gay Community .  1994-95 ed., 3rd ed.  Boston: Alyson Publications, 1993.

Call number:  HQ 76.25 .A48 1993

The Gay Almanac compiled by the National Museum & Archive of Lesbian and Gay History, a program of the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, New York.  New York: Berkley Books, 1996.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 G367 1996


The Bisexual Option /Fritz Klein; foreword by Regina U. Reinhardt.  2nd ed.  New York: Haworth Press, c1993.

Call number:  HQ 74 .K55 1993

Psychiatrist Klein, founder of the Bisexual Forum in San Diego, explains the concept and the variables of sexual orientation and where bisexuality fits.

Be Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out/edited by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Kaahumanu.  Boston: Alyson Pub., 1991.

Call number:  HQ 74 .B5 1991

Rejected by both gay and straight worlds, bisexuals have been a community in exile.  This anthology attempts to secure its rightful place within the larger movement for progressive social change.

Bisexuality: A Reader and Sourcebook /edited by Thomas Geller.  Ojai, CA: Times Change Press, c1990.

Call number:  HQ 74 .B58 1990

A little introductory guidebook to the world of bisexuality with personal experiences, philosophical speculations, clinical data, a bibliography, songs and lists of organizations.

Native American:

Two-spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality /edited by Sue-Ellen Jacobs, Wesley Thomas, and Sabine Lang.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, c1997.

Call number:  E 98 .S48 T86 1997

Focusing on the concept of the two-spirit people-individuals not necessarily gay or lesbian, transvestite or bisexual, but whose behaviors or beliefs may be interpreted by others as uncharacteristic of their sex-this book is the first to provide an intimate look at how many two-spirit people feel about themselves, how other Native Americans treat them, and how anthropologists and other scholars interpret them.

Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America /by Will Roscoe.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.

Call number:  E 98 .S48 R67 1998

Biographies of third and fourth gender natives are combined with a provocative analysis of gender and its diverse forms.


Trans Liberation: Beyond pink or blue by Leslie Feinberg.  Boston, MA: Beacon Press, c1998.

Call number:  HQ 77.95 .U6 F45 1998

Trans liberation is the phrase that has come to refer to all those who blur o bridge the boundary of the sex or gender expression assigned at birth.  Feinberg argues for the acceptance of all trans people and for building coalitions among progressive political groups.

Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg.  Boston: Beacon Press, c1996.

Call number:  HQ 77.9 b .F44 1996

A personal journey through history by one of the most prominent transgender activists today.  Delving into the transgender experience, award winning author Feinberg invites the reader to consider a spectrum of gender possibilities.

Transgender Nation by Gordene Olga MacKenzie.  Bowling Green, OH:  Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c1994.

Call number:  HQ 77 .M34 1994

MacKenzie looks at the male-to-female transgenderist and transsexual from a sociological perspective, arguing that it is not the transgenderists who are sick and need treatment, but the society that condemns them.  Considers the history of the transgender movement and contemporary medical and popular ideology.

The Transvestite and the Transsexual: Public Categories and Private Identities by Dave King.  Aldershot, Hants, England; Brookfield, VT., USA: Avebury, c1993.

Call number:  HQ 77 .K56 1993

Investigates from a sociological perspective the phenomenon of people carrying themselves off in public as the other gender.  He analyzes the various meanings imparted to transvestitism and transsexuality in medicine, the media, the gay culture, and private life. [Booknews, Inc., August 1, 1994].

In Search of Eve: Transsexual Rites of Passage by Anne Bolin.  South Hadley, MA: Bergin & Garvey, 1988.

Call number:  HQ 77.9 .B65 1988

Using case studies, Bolin focuses on transsexual “rites of passage,” the array of social psychological, and physical changes experienced in the process of changing gender.

Homophobia and Heterosexism:

Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price edited by Warren J. Blumenfeld.  Boston: Beacon Press, c1992.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 H642 1992

Inviting sexual minorities and heterosexual men and women to become allies in the fight against homophobia.  Contributors explore how homophobia colludes with sexism by forcing people into rigid gender roles; how homophobia causes unnecessary pain and alienation in families; how it works against health-care policy and leaves the promise of religious institutions unfulfilled.  Includes a section on how to run an anti-homophobia workshop.

Who Cares?: Institutional Barriers to health Care for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Persons by Michele J. Eliason.  New York: NLN Press, c1996.

Call number:  RA 564.9 .H65 E45 1996

Uncovering the root of discrimination in the health care system, this book offers solutions for change to educators, students, nurses, health care professionals.

Heterosexism: An ethical challenge /Patricia Beattie Jung and Ralph F. Smith.  Albany: State University of New York Press, c1993.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .U5 J86 1993

Two professors of theology argue that heterosexism is a system of prejudice that produces unjustifiable discrimination and encourage reform of Christian sexual ethics.

Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sport by Pat Griffin.  Champaign, IL:  Human Kinetics, c1998.

The book is the first to explore the lesbian sporting experience as well as examine homophobia and heterosexism in women’s sport revealing the experiences of lesbian coaches and athletes in their own words.  The author lists obstacles lesbian athletes face in transforming sports and details numerous personal and political strategies for leveling the playing field.

We Don’t Exactly Get the Welcome Wagon: The Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Adolescents in Child Welfare Systems by Gerald P. Mallon.  N.Y.: Columbia University Press, c1998.

Call number:  HV 1449 .M35 1998

Drawing on over twenty years of child welfare experience and extensive interviews conducted with 54 gay and lesbian young people who lived in out-of-home care child welfare settings, Mallon presents narratives of marginalized young people struggling to find the “right fit.”  The book, which represents the first attempt to comprehensively examine and investigate this topic, makes solid recommendations to child welfare practitioners and policy-makers.


Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century /John Boswell.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, c1980.

Call number:  HQ 76.3 .E8 B67

The Church and the Homosexual by John J. McNeill.  4th ed.  Boston: Beacon Press, c1993.

Call number:  HQ 76.25 .M38 1993

Father McNeill’s outstanding work, which convincingly establishes that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, has brought comfort to gay men and lesbians since its original publication in 1976.  This fourth edition includes a provocative preface calling on the Vatican to make a public act of contrition for its homophobia.

Stranger at the Gate: To be Gay and Christian in America by Mel White.  New York: Simon & Schuster, c1994.

Call number:  BX 9896 .Z8 W45 1994

Mel White details 25 years of being counseled, exorcized, electric-shocked, prayed for, and nearly driven to suicide.  His salvation—to be openly gay and Christian—is a unique coming-out story, a chilling expose of the religious right, and a warning about where the politics of hate may lead.  White has been a speech writer for Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Jim Bakker and Oliver North and is the minister of the largest gay and lesbian Metropolitan Community Church.