Detail from Hermia and Helena (after Shakespeare’s 1595 fantasy/comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – III.ii “So we grew together, / Like to a double cherry—seeming parted / But yet an union in partition— / Two lovely berries molded on one stem”), oil on canvas by gay/bi Washington Allston, before 1818, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer-Plus (LGBTQ+) Literature Resources at This Website

Happy to announce that, throughout this entire site, all public domain (pre-1927) works link to free online copies. Enjoy!

SELECTED LGBTQ+ CLASSIC BOOKS BRIEFLY *FREE (TO OWN)* (click here)

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LGBTQ+ Literature Resources at This Website

GLOBAL TRADITIONS: While this site focuses largely on Western works, I value other cultures’ LGBTQ+ artistic heritages. As they become accessible in English, I look forward to exploring the additional worlds that they encompass. As a global community, standing upon millennia of history and empowerment, the future of LGBTQ+ arts is brilliantly diverse!

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Resources at External Websites

  • The Advocate’s list of the 25 Best Classic LGBTQ+ Novels – excellent selection; I’ve long highlighted most of these books at this site.
  • Lambda Literary – since 1988, this premier LGBTQ+ Literature organization annually has presented awards in many categories. I am honored to be included, under a pseudonym, in the 2002 winner for Best Non-Fiction Anthology.
  • LGBT Literature at Wikipedia – links to four separate literature entries: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender.
  • LGBTQ Resources at the Library of Congress – wide-ranging collection encompasses literature and other arts, science, history, civil rights, more.
  • The Publishing Triangle – association of LGBTQ professionals in publishing, they present awards in several categories (Also, above see ‘Overlooked Fiction & Non-Fiction Authors’ that include links to their original ‘best’ lists).
  • Queer Theory Reading List from Brown University – scholarly articles, culturally diverse, provocative for everyone.
  • Stonewall Book Awards – since 1971, as part of the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table, annually they present three awards, for Literature, Nonfiction, and Children’s & Young Adult Literature.
  • *TOUGH CALL* LGBTQ Books at Goodreads – over 68,000 titles (January 2022), with links to information, reader comments. NOTE: After exploring the top 200 picks, although some are exceptional, I’m sharing but NOT endorsing this overall, seemingly random, selection. Way too much ephemeral fluff. But that’s just my personal opinion; see what you think – exploring is good!

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* LGBTQ+ Literature Encyclopedia

Editor Claude J. Summers’s encyclopedic Gay & Lesbian Literary Heritage (New York: Henry Holt, 1995; rev. ed., Routledge, 2002) is INDISPENSABLE, with hundreds of articles on individual LGBTQ+ authors, national literatures, artistic forms (such as the novel, drama, poetry), genres, and more. Although the complete online version, retitled as the GLBTQ Encyclopedia, is no longer available (it needs to be restored), the more recent 1,500+ articles – regarding theater, film, visual arts, music, social sciences, history, law – remain freely available as downloadable PDFs. NOTE that the 185+ online literature essays, all excellent, solely encompass authors NOT in the print versions, because of a legal rights issue. Still, the over 1,500 articles available online are an essential resource; and the print edition of the complementary The Gay & Lesbian Literary Heritage earns my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION, even though it stops with the year 2002.

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Also Film Resources

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Begun 1997 / Updated January 23, 2022

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