LGBTQ+ History Month Resources

LGBTQ+ Resources

Every June, since the Stonewall Riots in 1969, we celebrate Pride Month and recognise the work to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community. As well as being a time to celebrate, it's also a time to educate and raise awareness of issues still affecting the community.?

We asked our members to help us compile a list of resources; everything from books and podcasts, to films and music! This is not an exhaustive list, but these resources have helped members within the community?(or just things they’ve enjoyed!),?and also educated and informed allies.?

We’ve also included some organisations and charities that can offer support.?

We will keep this list of resources up to date, and if you have any suggestions please feel free to reach out to us!?

Imperial College Union?

Each year at the Union, our members vote to elect an?LGBT Officer?to?represent the views of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students, as well as working on campaigns on issues which affect them.?You can contact them on?icu-lgbt@imperial.ac.uk. You can also reach out to the Deputy President (Welfare) at?dpw@imperial.ac.uk.?

Books

? ?Under the Udala Trees,?Chinelo?Okparanta

Under the?Udala?Trees is a novel by Nigerian-American author?Chinelo?Okparanta?written in 2015. It is set in 1960s Nigeria and follows the story of?Ijeoma, a girl growing up in war-torn Nigeria who must come terms to term with her sexuality and the conflict this presents in society.?

? ?All Boys Aren’t Blue,?George M. Johnson?

All?Boys Aren't?Blue?is Johnson's memoir-manifesto; designed to encourage queer black?boys?to?uncrate?the layers of their masculinity and racialized existence.?

? ?Pet,?Akwaeke?Emezi?

In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist?Akwaeke?Emezi?asks difficult questions about what choices a young person can make when the adults around them are in denial.?

? Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine?Evaristo?

This book follows the lives of 12 characters in the United Kingdom over the course of several decades. The novel explores how race, sexuality, gender, history and economic stratification intersect to define the experiences of the women in the novel.

?? ?Felix Ever After,?Kacen?Callender

A?revelatory novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.?

??The Black Flamingo, Dean Atta?

A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist,?The Black Flamingo.

??The Memory Project, Andrew C. Youngson?

A?compelling story that challenges gender stereotypes, champions LGBTQ+ rights and explores how the past and present can so easily fold in on each other.??

?Sissy, Jacob?Tobia?

A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it’s like to grow up not sure if you’re (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above.?

??Tomorrow Will Be Different, Sarah McBride

A timely and captivating memoir about gender identity set against the backdrop of the transgender equality movement, by a leading activist and the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.?

??We are?Everywhere, Matthew?Riemer?& Leighton Brown

Through the lens of pride, protest, and progress, We Are Everywhere is a visual record and celebration of LGBTQ+ identity, life, modern history, and the queer liberation movement.?

Podcasts

Making Gay History? Nancy?
LGBTQ&A? To L And Back?
Black Queer Love? #QueerAF?
Queersplaining? Queery?
Black Radical Queer? AfroQueer?


TV Shows/Films:?

??Pose

Set in the 1980s, 'Pose' is a dance musical that explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, and the downtown social and literary scene.?Click here for more info.?

??The?Death and Life?of Marsha P. Johnson?

Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. Using archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson's family, friends and fellow activists.?Click here for more?info.

??Paris is Burning

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls,?voguing?and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.?Click here for more info.

? Disclosure

An in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stories on transgender lives and American culture.?Click here for more info.

? Pariah

A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.?Click here for more info.

??Punks

The tale of 4 gay?African-American friends in Los Angeles.?Click here for more info.

? ?The Handmaiden

With help from an orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri), a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an elaborate plot to seduce and bilk a Japanese woman (Kim Min-hee) out of her inheritance. Click here for more info.

? Mississippi Damned

The film follows the lives of three young African Americans finding their way in the world as they suffer from suffocating cycles of abuse, molestation, addiction and poverty. Leigh, an?out lesbian teen,?has an unhealthy and long obsession with her ex-girlfriend.??Click here for more info.

? ?Pride

UK?gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.?Click here for more info.

??The Watermelon Woman

A young black lesbian filmmaker probes into the life of The Watermelon Woman, a 1930s black actress who played 'mammy' archetypes.?Click here for more info.

?Milk

The story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.?Click here for more info.

Support Resources?

Some of the below organisations?may be helpful to those who identify as LGBTQ+ or anyone?interested in exploring LGBTQ+ issues and identities.??