Books

A list of books and articles relevant to LGBTQ issues.

“Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation” by Derald Wing Sue – The most comprehensive and up-to-date text on microaggressions, or subtle (often unintentional) discrimination against minority group members.

 


Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire by Lisa Diamond – A new look at female sexuality that argues against the traditional notion that sexual orientation is a fixed and stable trait; Diamond integrates findings from cutting-edge psychological research and first-person accounts of women to demonstrate that, for some women, sexuality changes as women move through different life stages, social groups, and intimate relationships.

The New Gay Teenager by Ritch Savin-Williams – A book that explores how much sexual orientation matters to teenagers’ mental health and sense of identity; argues against the standard image of gay youth as depressed, isolated, drug-dependent, and/or suicidal; integrates findings from psychological research and first-person accounts of LGB youth.

“Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation” by Simon LeVay – Neuroscientist Simon LeVay summarizes the scientific evidence on the genetic and biological basis of sexual orientation.

 


My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely by Kate Bornstein – An easy-to-read introduction to gender that provides information about alternative ways to think about gender than the traditional male/female binary; an interactive read that combines quizzes and exercises with facts and anecdotes to expose readers to gender in a fun and informative way.

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein – A manifesto on gender and sexuality intertwined with autobiographical accounts of a transgender woman’s experiences with these topics.

The Transgender Studies Reader edited by Susan Styker and Stephen Whittle – A compilation of 50 influential texts that document the evolution of transgender studies; includes the writings and experiences of transgender individuals, doctors, psychologists, and academics.

GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary edited by Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins, and Clare Howell – An anthology of 30 first-person accounts of gender construction, exploration, and questioning, compiled by three experts in gender studies and politics.

Bi any other name: Bisexual people speak out edited by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Kaahumanu – Provides testimonials about and discussion of the experience of bisexuality.

Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life by Marjorie Garber – An inquiry into what is “normal”, the difficulty of making claims about sexuality, and explores bisexuality from a variety of perspectives, including cultural, scientific, literary, and psychological.