Educating yourself and others about LGBTQ+ topics such as LGBTQ+ history, activism, studies, and more is imperative to making LGBTQ+ students and LGBTQ+ people feel more like themselves and to make them seen. Not only that but learning about LGBTQ+ history that isn't taught in schools will help the LGBTQ+ community become more aware of their identity and encourage them to take action. It is important that we preserve the history of the LGBTQ+ community and educate others about our history.
Learning about LGBTQ+ history helps you think more deeply about your sense of self and your relationship to others. They also may provide a valuable stepping stone to new understandings of gender and sexuality in a safer environment, which is declining in conservative states such as Florida.
We need our LGBTQ+ youth to feel safe, accepted, educated, and aware of LGBTQ+ history and topics. The better educated the population is, the better we can combat homophobia and transphobia in the United States.
The sweeping story of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day.
A blend of investigative reporting and vivid storytelling, this account follows the rise of the AIDS epidemic using the narratives of doctors who were on the front lines of the outbreak; politicians and scientists who ignored it, and the real people who were affected by the government's negligence.
The fascinating and very moving story of the lovers, lawyers, judges and activists behind the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to one of the most important, national civil rights victories in decades—the legalization of same-sex marriage.
This semi-autobiographical account follows Cleve Jones as he explores his identity as a gay man in the 1950s, discovers a community and a cause through his mentor, Harvey Milk, and copes with the ravaging effects of the AIDS epidemic.
In this account, Leslie Feinberg scours history to reveal possibly gender-nonconforming and transgender individuals that traditional historical accounts have often ignored or misrepresented.
In "Black of Both Sides," C. Riley Snorton details the intersection of black and trans identities from the mid-19th century to today, and in doing so, highlights the lives of integral black trans figures like Lucy Hicks Anderson and James McHarris, who have often been overlooked.
In "Real Queer America," Allen, a transgender reporter, looks at the unique challenges, triumphs, and narratives of LGBTQ people living in the U.S.'s most conservative counties.
While many believe the fight for LGBTQ rights began at New York City's Stonewall Inn during the summer of 1969, it actually began with a grassroots "homophile" movement that has been largely overlooked. In "The Devaint's War," the first LGBTQ+ history book to make the New York Times Best Sellers list in more than 25 years, historian Eric Cervini documents the work of Frank Kameny and other gay activists during the late 1950s and 60s, illuminating their role in laying the groundwork that would lead to the Stonewall uprising.