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!
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LGBTQ+ Literature Resources at This Website
- Book Recommendations – LGBTQ+ Literature (Contemporary, Pre-Stonewall, Fun Stuff, Genres, Drama, Poetry, Non-Fiction)
- NEW RESOURCE (February 9, 2022): BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) LGBTQ+ Literature – links to external “Best Books” lists; only a few entries on ‘day one’ but more coming soon!
- Book Resources for Selected LGBTQ+ and General Titles (updated monthly; in Ffebruary 2022, includes about 25 books)
- Book Reviews
- Dickinson / Emily Dickinson Selected Poetry (highlighting her most overtly lesbian poems)
- Fiction LGBTQ+ Authors (Overlooked)
- Gay Male Literature — Chronology (forthcoming: integrating Lesbian, Bi, Trans, and Queer-Plus Literature)
- Genre Literature: LGBTQ+ Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror & Suspense / Mystery / Adventure Literature
- Gothic Literature’s Gay 18th Century Founders: Walpole, Lewis, Beckford
- LGBTQ+ Focus / Why a LGBTQ+ Focus?
- McCullers / Carson McCullers
- New LGBTQ+ Authors Announce Publications
- Non-Fiction LGBTQ+ Authors (Overlooked)
- Overlooked LGBTQ+ Fiction Authors
- Overlooked LGBTQ+ Non-Fiction Authors
- Proust / Marcel Proust
- Recommended LGBTQ+ Literature
- Resources for Selected LGBTQ+ and General Titles (updated monthly; in January 2022, includes about 25 books)
- Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror & Suspense / Mystery / Adventure LGBTQ+ Literature
- Start Your Own LGBTQ+ Book and/or Film Discussion Group
- Strangers on a Train: Highsmith and Hitchcock — Analysis of a Scene from the Novel and Film
- Top 10 LGBTQ+ Books (Newbies Welcome!)
- Why a LGBTQ+ Focus?
- Words of Wisdom from LGBTQ+ Authors (PDF download, file size 914k) – quotations from a wide range of authors, from Sappho to Shakespeare to Santayana to Susan Sontag and dozens more, spanning 5,000 years; last updated in 2007
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!
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, together with links to their original ‘best books’ lists. (As a supplement to the Publishing Triangle’s excellent ‘best’ lists, see my Overlooked LGBTQ+ Fiction Authors and Overlooked LGBTQ+ Non-Fiction Authors.)
- Queer Theory Reading List from Brown University – provocative articles, scholarly and culturally diverse.
- 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.
- NEW! (February 9, 2022): BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) LGBTQ+ Literature – links to external “Best Books” lists; only a few initial entries but more coming soon!
- NEW! (Added February 9, 2022). Gaylactic Spectrum Awards – since 1999, recognizing outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy, horror and related genres with significant positive LGBTQIA+ content. Gaylactic Spectrum Award-winners list at Wikipedia. (ALSO AT THIS SITE, see LGBTQ+ Genre Literature).
- NEW! (Added February 9, 2022). Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror – since 1989. Lammy (Genre) Award-winners list at Wikipedia. (ALSO AT THIS SITE, see LGBTQ+ Genre Literature).
* 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.
Also Film Resources
- LGBTQ+ Cinema and Film Resources at This Website.
- LGBT-related Films (Wikipedia)
- LGBT-related Films Directed by Women (Wikipedia)
- My Brief Guide to Film and Filmmaking, about connections between dramatic structure, visual and sound design, and how ideas are expressed.
Begun 1997 / Updated April 1, 2022