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Williams Institute Reading Room: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resources in Law and Public Policy: LGBT Movement/History

A guide to resources in the Williams Institute Reading Room, part of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law.


Classics, new editions

LGBT Rights Movement /History, 2020 -

LGBT Rights Movement/History: 2010-2019

LGBT Rights Movement/History: 2000-2009

LGBT Rights Movement/History: 1989-1999

Older Titles/Classics: 1950-1989

In search of gay America: women and men in a time of change. Neil Miller. (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989) HQ76.3.U5 M55 1989 

Gay in America: an Examiner special report. (San Franciso Examinier, 1989) HQ76.3.U5 G374 1989

Looking at gay and lesbian life. Warren J. Blumenfeld and Dianne Raymond. (Philosophical Library, 1988) HQ76.3.U5 B58 1988

Gays/justice: a study of ethics, society, and law. Richard D. Mohr. (Columbia University Press, 1998) HQ76.3.U5 M64 1988

The construction of homosexuality. David F. Greenberg. (University of Chicago Press, 1988) HQ76.25 .G74 1988

Gay spirit: myth and meaning. Mark Thompson. (St. Martin's Press, 1987). HQ76.25 .T48 1987

Lesbian Land. Edited by Joyce Cheney. (Word Weavers, 1985) HQ75.6.U5 L38 1985

Homosexuality: sacrilege, vision, politics. Edited by Robert Boyers and George Steiner. (Skidmore College, 1983) HQ76 .H64 1983

No turning back: lesbian and gay liberation of the '80s. Gerre Goodman, et al.  (New Society Publishers, 1983) HQ76.8.U5 N6 1983

Society and the healthy homosexual. George Weinberg. (St. Martin's Press, 1983). HQ76 .W38 1983

The homosexualization of America. Dennis Altman. (Beacon Press, 1983) HQ76.3.U5 A4 1983 *WRR also has 1982 ed.

This bridge called my back: writings by radical women of color. Editors Cherríe Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa. (Kitchen Table, Women of Color Press, 1983) PS509.F44 T5 1983

Women's Culture: The Women's Renaissance of the Seventies. Edited by Gayle Kimball (Scarecrow Press, 1981). HQ1426 .W6634 1981

The politics of homosexuality. Toby Marotta. (Houghton Mifflin, 1981) HQ76.8.U5 M37 1981

Homosexuality, a history. Vern L. Bullough. (New American Library, 1979) HQ76.25 .B84

Gay sunshine interviews. Edited by Winston Leyland. Volumes 1-2. (Gay Sunshine Press, 1978-1982) NX163 .G39 1978

The view from the closet: essays on gay life and liberation, 1973-1977. A. Nolder Gay.  1st ed. (Union Park Press, 1978) HQ76.8.U5 G35 1978

Word is Out: stories of some of our lives. Nancy Adair and Casey Adair. (New Glide Publications, 1978) HQ76.3.U5 A19 1978 *At College Library and SRLF; also at Young Research Library, HQ76.3.U5 A19. Companion to the film of the same name, re-released in 2010.

Gay American history: lesbians and gay men in the U.S.A.: a documentary. Jonathan Katz. (Crowell, 1976) HQ76.3.U5 K37 1976

Country Lesbians: The Story of The WomanShare Collective.  (WomanShare Books, 1976) HQ75.6.U5 C68 1976

The gay crusaders. Kay Tobin and Randy Wicker. (Arno Press, 1975) HQ76.8.U5 T6 1975 *At Young Research Library.

Christopher and gay: a partisan's view of the Greenwich Village homosexual scene. Wallace Hamilton. (Saturday Review Press, 1973) HQ76.3.U5 H35 1973

Lesbian nation: the feminist solution. Jill Johnston. (Simon and Schuster, 1973) HQ76.3.U5 J6

The gay liberation book: writings and photographs on gay (men's) liberation. Edited by Len Richmond & Gary Noguera. (Ramparts Press, 1973) HQ76.5 .G39 1973

Sappho was a right-on woman: a liberated view of lesbianism. Sidney Abbott and Barbara Love. (Stein and Day, 1972) HQ76 .A134s *At Young Research Library and College Library; WRR has 1985 edition, HQ75.5 .A23 1985.

Out of the closets: the sociology of homosexual liberation. Laud Humphreys. (Prentice-Hall, 1972) HQ76.8.U5 H84

Out of the closets: voices of gay liberation. Edited by Karla Jay and Allen Young. (Douglas Book Corporation, 1972) HQ76.8.U5 O88 1972 *See also 1992 edition, above.

The homosexual dialectic. Edited by Joseph A. McCaffrey with the special assistance of Suzanne M. Hartung. (Prentice-Hall, 1972) HQ76.8.U5 M39 1972

Homosexual: oppression and liberation. Dennis Altman. (Dutton, 1971; Discus Books, 1973) HQ76 .A468 1971; HQ76 .A468 1973.   *Reading Room also has 1993 edition, (New York University Press), HQ76 .A468 1993 

Dancing the gay lib blues: a year in the homosexual liberation movement. Arthur Bell. (Simon and Schuster, 1971) HQ76.8.U5 B43  *Gay Activists Alliance. 

On being different: what it means to be a homosexual. Merle Miller. (Random House, 1971) HQ76 .M55 1971

The gay militants. Donn Teal. (Stein and Day, 1971) HQ76.8.U5 T43 1971

Homosexual behavior among males: a cross-cultural and cross-species investigation.  Wainwright Churchill. (Prentice-Hall, 1971) HQ76 .C475 1971

The homosexual and his society: a view from within. Donald Webster Cory and John P. LeRoy. (Citadel Press, 1963) HQ76 .C59 1963

The homosexual in America: a subjective approach.  Donald Webster Cory; introduction by Albert Ellis.  (Greenberg, 1951)  HQ76 .C6 1951


Unidad: Gay & Lesbian Latinos Unidos. (Gregorio Davila, Roland Palencia, Mario J. Novoa, 2022). "GLLU was the greater Los Angeles area’s first major Queer Latin@ organization, and the film chronicles events surrounding GLLU at a pivotal time in the history of LGBTQ equality, women’s rights, and civil rights movements that shaped the destinies of GLLU’s communities for decades to come." Film website.

Coming Out: A 50 Year History. Phillip Siegel (The Pye Harris Legacy Project, 2017). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). Documentary narrated by transgender teen Jazz Jennings.

Gender Troubles: The Butches. Lisa Plourde (A Catholic Schoolgirl Gone Bad Production, 2016) DVD HQ75.6.U5 G46 2016; Film website

Pride Denied: Homonationalism and the Future of Queer Politics. Kami Chisholm (Media Education Foundation, 2016). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website

Political Animals. Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares (2016; Kanopy Streaming, 2017). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website.  Profiles California openly lesbian politicians Carole Migden, Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe. 

The New Black.  Yoruba Richen (Promised Land Film, 2013). DVD HQ76.27.A37 N48 2013; *Film web site; also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). "LGBT rights in African American communities."

Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution. Myriam Fougère (Women Make Movies, 2012) DVD HQ75.5 .L466 2012; Film information

Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives. Mariposa Film Group (Milliarium Zero, 2010) DVD HQ76.3.U5 W673 2010; *Film information.  See also companion book by Greg Youmans, (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011), HQ75.2 Y68 2011 (*Arts Library).

Vito. Jeffrey Schwarz (First Run Features, 2011). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film trailer.  The life of gay-rights activist Vito Russo. 

Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives. Aerlyn Weissman & Lynne Fernie (National Film Board of Canada, 2014) [*Originally released in 1992]. DVD HQ75.3 .F66 2014; *Film information.

Outrage. Kirby Dick (Magnolia Pictures, 2010) DVD HQ76.3.U5 O992 2010Film information

Hand on the Pulse. Joyce Warshow (Activa Productions; Frameline, 2005)(biographical documentary about Joan Nestle, civil rights activist, feminist, and gay rights activist) DVD HQ75.4.N47 H36 2005; Film information

After Stonewall: from the riots to the millennium. John Scagliotti (First Run Features, 2005) DVD HQ76.8.U5 A384 2005; also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). Film information.

Stonewall Uprising. Kate Davis & David Heilbroner (PBS, 2005) Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website.

Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay. (Eric Slade (ITVS, Frameline, 2005) DVD HQ75.8.H39 H67 2005; Film website

Gay Pioneers. Glenn Holsten (WHYY, Equality Forum, 2004). DVD HQ76.8.U5 G285 2004; Film information

No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon. Joan E. Biren (Frameline, 2003). DVD HQ75.3 .N62 2003; *Film information

Before Stonewall: the Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community. Greta Schiller (First Run Features, 2000; originally released in 1984.) DVD HQ76.8.U5 B45 2000z; also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film trailer.

Out of the past. Jeff Dupre, Michelle Ferrari. (A-PIX Entertainment, 1988) HQ76.8.U5 O97 1998 Videocassette

The Question of Equality. Isaac Julien, David Meieran. (KQED Video, 1995) HQ76.8.U5 Q46 1995 Videocassette

A Simple Matter of Justice: The 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. JEB (Joan E. Biren) (Frameline, 1993) DVD HQ76.8.U5 S58 1993; *Film information

For Love and for Life: The 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. JEB (Joan E. Biren) (Frameline, 1988) DVD HQ76.8.U5 F67 1988; *Film information

The Times of Harvey Milk. Rob Epstein (20th anniversary collector's ed., New Yorker Video, 2004; originally released in 1984). DVD HQ76.8.U5 T56 2004; film information. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only.)

LGBT History: Pre-Stonewall (before 1969)