February is LGBT History Month and, to celebrate, the Library is highlighting some of the many LGBT-related books in our collection including some new ones.
While some of these are more academic or for a specialist audience of researchers, the library also have many more general books on this topic that are suitable for a wider audience.
For example, Queer: A Graphic History by Barker and Scheele describes in a non-fiction graphic novel the development of contemporary thought about sex, gender and sexual orientation and its links to society, biology and psychology.
Happy Together: Thriving as a Same-Sex Couple in Your Family, Workplace and Community by Rostosky and Riggle describes how to manage the stress of same-sex relationships in a world that may or may not be fully accepting of them, creating strong and health relationships while confronting prejudice.
On the topic of bisexuality, Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain, edited by Harrad, presents an anthology of interviews, essays and poems that explore the experience of being bisexual in the UK today.
Neuroscientist Simon LeVay explores progress in the science of why some people grow up to be lesbian, gay or bisexual in Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why (2nd edition), including genetic, hormonal and cellular factors. Meanwhile, the psychology of human sexuality (including but not limited to sexual orientation) is explored in Lehmiller’s textbook The Psychology of Human Sexuality (2nd edition). One book dedicated entirely to LGBT topics is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An Introduction by Clarke et al.
The experiences and identity development of young gay men in a changing world of increased (but not total) acceptance are explored by Savin-Williams through a series of interviews in Becoming Who I Am: Young Men on Being Gay.
Finally, for a humorous guide to what it means to be gay, lesbian or bisexual for young people, try This Book is Gay by Dawson.