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History : LGBTQ: Books & eBooks

A research guide to primary and secondary sources for LGBTQ history.

Selected eBooks

Racism and the Making of Gay Rights : a Sexologist, His Student, and the Empire of Queer Love
Queer Korea
True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Before Lawrence v. Texas: The Making of a Queer Social Movement
Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender and Race in South Africa
Before AIDS : Gay Health Politics in the 1970s
Marvellous Grounds : Queer of Colour Histories of Toronto
Gay Liberation after May  ’68
The International LGBT Rights Movement : a History
Vice Patrol : Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life before Stonewall
Sex and the Weimar Republic : German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis
Queer Budapest, 1873-1961
The Stonewall Riots : a Documentary History
Regulating Homosexuality in Soviet Russia, 1956-91 : a Different History
Queering the Redneck Riviera : Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism
Buying Gay : How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement
Sissy Insurgencies : a Racial Anatomy of Unfit Manliness
The Lexington Six : Lesbian and Gay Resistance in 1970s America
Hoover's War on Gays: Exposing the FBI’s “Sex Deviates” Program
Female Husbands : a Trans History.
Queer City : Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
LGBT Victorians: Sexuality and Gender in the Nineteenth-Century Archives
On Christopher Street: Life, Sex, and Death after Stonewall
Communists in Closets: Queering the History 1930s–1990s

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History eBook Collections

 Additional collections of eBooks can be found on eBook Collections guide. The following collections have strong history content:

Finding Books Beyond the UW

If you can't find the books you need at the UW or through our Summit partner libraries (Summit material can be found in UW Libraries Search), use the following catalogs. Books not available at the UW can be requested through Interlibrary Loan

LGBTQ Subject Headings

Some of the subject headings used to find books in UW Libraries may be outdated or considered incorrect. Subject headings tend to lag behind terminology used today. Many subject headings have overlapping definitions. These are a selection of subject headings that will be useful when searching for books on LGBTQ history. Use the terms in conjunction with the word history when searching for books. For example: gay men great britain history

See QueerLCSH for a comprehensive list of Library of Congress subject headings. Keep in mind other databases such as America History & Life may use other subject terms.

Bisexual men
Bisexual women
Gay couples
Gay men
Gender identity
Gender minorities
Intersex people
Queer theory
Sex change
Sexual minorities
Sexual orientation
Transgender people

Browsing LGBTQ History

The UW Libraries arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. LGBTQ history and studies are primarily located under the following call number range.

HQ12-HQ77 Sexual Life Allen S. 3

For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online.