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Recommended Websites

LGBT History in New York from the National Park Service

National LGBT Archives from the Center in New York

LGBTQ History-Social Science Project Resources from UC Berkeley

One National Gay and Lesbian Archives from USC

The Ladder 
Newspaper published by Daughters of Bilitis

Recommended Books

Blasius, Mark, and Shane Phelan. We Are Everywhere: A Historical Sourcebook of Gay and Lesbian Politics. London: Routledge, 2009.


Bronski, Michael, and Richie Chevat. A Queer History of the United States for Young People. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2019.

De Veaux, Alexis. Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde. New York: W.W. Norton, 2004.

Fieseler, Robert W. Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation. New York: Liveright Publishing, 2018.

Manion, Jen. Female Husbands: A Trans History. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Marcus, Eric. Out in All Directions: A Treasury of Gay and Lesbian America. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2014.

Mogul, Joey L., Andrea J. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock. Queer (in)justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States. Boston, Mass.: Beacon, 2011.

Rivers, Daniel Winunwe. Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States since World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Ryan, Hugh. When Brooklyn Was Queer. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2020.


Stryker, Susan. Transgender History: The Roots of Today's Revolution. Berkeley: Seal Press, 2017.

LGBTQ+ Historians to Follow


Wendy Rouse

Dr. Wendy Rouse is a professor at San Jose State University who specializes in women's gender and sexuality throughout history. Her book Public Faces, Secret Lives, documents queer women in the suffrage movement of the early 20th century.


Hugh Ryan

Hugh Ryan is a historian located in New York City who focuses on telling queer history. He is the founding director of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, an organization that aids communities in creating local artistic and educational installations of queer history. Through his work in the Pop-Up Museum he is able to educate a younger audience throughout the United States.


Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is a writer activist and historian of the gay rights movement in New York City. In her recent novel, Let the Record Show, Schulman documents the history of ACT UP during the AIDS movement. Her novel is highly regarded and she has received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, Israel Fishman Non-fiction Award, along with many others.

Susan Stryker

Susan Stryker is a historian of gender and sexuality and has written many books on that subject. Her book Transgender History, is a must read for those who are curious about the history of transgender individuals in the United States.

Eric Marcus

Eric Marcus is a historian who runs the popular podcast Making Gay History. This podcast has excellent oral interviews with many LGBTQ+ icons.

Eric Cervini

Eric Cervini is a historian and expert in the life of Frank Kameny. He runs the popular Queer History 101 course which is
great resource for students to learn about LGBTQ+ history.

Jen Manion

Jen Manion is a historian and the author of the popular book Female Husbands.

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