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Williams Institute Reading Room: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resources in Law and Public Policy: Regional/States (U.S.)

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.


Page Guide:

Books on this page are organized into the following categories:  Books that cover multiple states throughout the U.S., and books on California, the West (Mountain & Pacific States), the Midwest, the South, and the Northeast.

See also Regional / State Films.

Regional / State / Local Links

Regional/States Films

The Lesbian Bar Project.   "In the 1980s, there were roughly 200 Lesbian Bars in the United States. Today, there are fewer than 30. As these bars disappear, filmmakers Erica Rose and Elina Street established The Lesbian Bar Project to celebrate, support, and amplify the remaining Lesbian bars." Includes a link to the 2021 short documentary film.  Now a new limited streaming series! [Jan. 2024 Update: currently 31 remaining bars!]

Queer City. Draper Shreeve (GoDigital, 2016). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). "The lives of LGBTQ New York residents."  Film website.

Deep Run. Hillevi Loven (Women Make Movies, 2015).  Trans life in the rural South (North Carolina).  Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film information.

Swimming with Lesbians. David B. Marshall (Frameline, 2009) DVD HQ75.5 .S95 2009; *Film website. Lesbian activist Madeline Davis and the efforts of an upstate New York community to create an LGBT historic archive.  *Also streaming via Alexander Street (UCLA only). 

The Fall of '55. Seth Randal (Entendre Pictures, Frameline, 2006) DVD HQ145.I2 F35 2006; Film trailer.  Gay sex scandal in Boise, Idaho. *Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). 

Flag Wars. Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras (Zula Pearl Films; University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, 2003). DVD HT177.C57 F53 2007. Gay white professionals move into a black working-class neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. *Also streaming via Alexander Street (UCLA only).

Last Call at Maud's. Paris Poirier (Frameline, 2007; originally released in 1993). DVD HQ75.6.U52 C33 2007; Film clip; Film website. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). Historical documentary about Maud's, the longest-running lesbian bar in the United States (in San Francisco; it closed in 1989).



The gay insider, USA. John Francis Hunter [aka Paul Hudson.] (Stonehill Pub.; Dell Distributing, 1972) HQ76.8.U5 H85


West (Mountain & Pacific States)


See also Under The Rainbow: Oral Histories of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer People in Kansas, an ongoing project led and designed by Tami Albin, a librarian at the University of Kansas.