10 LGBTQ histories that are anything but boring old text books

We scour the infiinite downloadable or page-flippable library available out there for literary escapes that put a thoroughly readable spin on your queer self-schooling. 

We winnowed a long list down to just 10, but it's enough to get you started to supplement your reading list.

Check out these selections, from classics in the movement to graphic depictions, from the systematic shutdown of queers in the McCarthy Era to previously stifled voices of the Harlem Renaissance and the modern LGBTQ Latinx movement, and with definitive titles for each letter in L, G, B, T and Q.



Hidden From History

Reclaiming the Gay & Lesbian Past 

Martin Bauml Duberman, Martha Vicinus, and George Chauncey


Queer: A Graphic History 

Dr. Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele


Bisexuality & The Eroticism of Everyday Life

Marjorie Garber


The Lavender Scare

The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government 

David K. Johnson


Trans Warriors

Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman 

Leslie Feinberg


Women in Pants

Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other Renegades 

Catherine Smith and Cynthia Greig


Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance 

A.B. Christa Schwarz


Different Daughters

A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement

Marcia M. Gallo


Queer Brown Voices

Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism 

Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal Ortiz, editors



The Rise of the Gay & Lesbian Press in America 

Rodger Streitmatter


This feature originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue below, and pick up a new edition each week.