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The University Library Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022

Please join us as the CSUN University Library celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and create your own Pride buttons at our button-making station in the Main Floor Learning Commons!

Every year in June, Pride Month honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, widely regarded as a turning point for LGBTQIA2S+ rights in the United States. On this page, you can learn about how the University Library is celebrating Pride Month, check out Pride events in the Los Angeles area, and browse recommended books and resources.

LGBTQ+ Resources

The University Library celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022

Make Your Own Pride Buttons

On June 6th and 7th, stop by our button-making station on the Main Floor to create your own Pride buttons! Choose from a variety of Pride identity flags and pronouns so you can show off your Pride in style.

UPDATE: Didn’t make it to the Make Your Own Pride Button event? Don’t worry – you can still make your own buttons anytime through the Creative Media Studio! Just print out the Pride buttons you want using this Pride Button Template, take your print-outs to the CMS, and ask to use the 1.25-inch button maker!

Pride Month Media Wall Slideshow

Come check out our Media Wall Slideshow featuring photographs and other materials from the Bullough Collection on Sex and Gender in Special Collections and Archives. Located on the Main Floor, East Wing of the Library in the ASRS Viewing Room. See map of the Main Floor.

Local Events

Interested in attending an in-person Pride celebration? Check out some of these local events happening this month!

Websites & Resources

Recommended Books

Stop by the Learning Commons on the main floor of the Library to check out our LGBTQ+ Pride Month book display! All of these books are available to check out at the Guest Services desk in the lobby.

Prefer an eBook? Check out our Virtual Book Display for even more titles by LGBTQIA2S+ writers that you can access from home.

All In: An Autobiography by Billie Jean King, Johnette Howard and Maryanne Vollers

All In: An Autobiography by Billie Jean King, Johnette Howard and Maryanne Vollers

An inspiring and intimate self-portrait of a champion of equality that encompasses her brilliant tennis career, unwavering activism, and an ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice.

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Asexual Erotics : Intimate Readings of Compulsory Sexuality by Ela Przybylo

Asexual Erotics : Intimate Readings of Compulsory Sexuality by Ela Przybylo

Challenging what she sees as an obsession with sex and sexuality, Ela Przybylo examines the silence around asexuality in queer, feminist, and lesbian thinking—turning to Audre Lorde’s work on erotics to propose instead an approach she calls asexual erotics, an alternative language for discussing forms of intimacy that are not reducible to sex and sexuality.

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Beyond the Politics of the Closet : Gay Rights and the American State Since the 1970s by Jonathan Bell

Beyond the Politics of the Closet : Gay Rights and the American State Since the 1970s by Jonathan Bell

Beyond the Politics of the Closet features essays by historians whose work on LGBT history delves into the decades between the mid-1970s and the millennium, a period in which the relationship between activist networks, the state, capitalism, and political parties became infinitely more complicated.

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Bi : Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and Nonbinary Youth by Ritch C Savin-Williams

Bi : Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and Nonbinary Youth by Ritch C Savin-Williams

In Bi, Ritch C. Savin-Williams brings bisexuality out of the shadows, particularly as Gen Z and millennial youth and young adults increasingly reject traditional sexual labels altogether. Drawing on interviews with bisexual youth from a range of racial, ethnic, and social class groups, he reveals to us how bisexuals define their own sexual orientation and experiences—in their own words.

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Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton

In Black on Both Sides, C. Riley Snorton identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence. Drawing on a deep and varied archive of materials, Snorton attends to how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable.

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Good White Queers? : Racism and Whiteness in Queer U.S. Comics by Kai Linke

Good White Queers? : Racism and Whiteness in Queer U.S. Comics by Kai Linke

How do white queer people portray our own whiteness? Can we, in the stories we tell about ourselves, face the uncomfortable fact that, while queer, we might still be racist? If we cannot, what does that say about us as potential allies in intersectional struggles?

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LGBTQ Life in America : Examining the Fact by Melissa R. Michelson and Brian F. Harrison

LGBTQ Life in America : Examining the Fact by Melissa R. Michelson and Brian F. Harrison

This book provides readers with a clear and unbiased understanding of what it means to be LGBTQ in the United States in the 2020s. Beginning with the origins of LGBTQ identity and history, the book addresses the current status of the LGBTQ community; gender expectations and performance in American culture...

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Nepantla Squared : Transgender Mestiz@ Histories in Times of Global Shift by Linda Heidenrich

Nepantla Squared : Transgender Mestiz@ Histories in Times of Global Shift by Linda Heidenrich

Nepantla Squared maps the lives of two transgender mestiz@s, one during the turn of the twentieth century and one during the turn of the twenty-first century, to chart the ways race, gender, sex, ethnicity, and capital function differently in different times. To address the erasure of transgender mestiz@ realities from history, Linda Heidenreich employs an intersectional analysis that critiques monopoly and global capitalism.

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Post-Borderlandia : Chicana Literature and Gender Variant Critique by T. Jackqueline Cuevas

Post-Borderlandia : Chicana Literature and Gender Variant Critique by T. Jackqueline Cuevas

Bringing Chicana/o studies into conversation with queer theory and transgender studies, Post-Borderlandia examines why gender variance is such a core theme in contemporary Chicana and Chicanx narratives. It considers how Chicana butch lesbians and Chicanx trans people are not only challenging heteropatriarchal norms, but also departing from mainstream conceptions of queerness and gender identification.

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Queer Data : Using Gender, Sex and Sexuality Data for Action by Kevin Guyan

Queer Data : Using Gender, Sex and Sexuality Data for Action by Kevin Guyan

This important book is the first to look at queer data – defined as data relating to gender, sex, sexual orientation and trans identity/history. The author shows us how current data practices reflect an incomplete account of LGBTQ lives and helps us understand how data biases are used to delegitimise the everyday experiences of queer people.

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Queer Embodiment : Monstrosity, Medical Violence, and Intersex Experience by Hilary Malatino

Queer Embodiment : Monstrosity, Medical Violence, and Intersex Experience by Hilary Malatino

Merging critical theory, autobiography, and sexological archival research, Queer Embodiment provides insight into what it means to have a legible body in the West. Hil Malatino explores how intersexuality became an anomalous embodiment assumed to require correction and how contesting this pathologization can promote medical reform and human rights for intersex and trans people.

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Queering Drag: Redefining the Discourse of Gender-Bending by Meredith Heller

Queering Drag: Redefining the Discourse of Gender-Bending by Meredith Heller

Queering Drag offers redefinition of the genre centralized in the performer's construction and presentation of a "queer" version of hegemonic identity, and it models a new set of tools for analyzing drag as a process of intents and methods enacted to effect specific goals. This new drag discourse not only allows for more complete and accurate descriptions of drag acts, but it also facilitates more ethical discussions about the bodies, identities, and products of drag performers.

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Queering Law and Order : LGBTQ Communities and the Criminal Justice System by Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal

Queering Law and Order : LGBTQ Communities and the Criminal Justice System by Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal

Queering Law and Order: LGBTQ Communities and the Criminal Justice System examines the state of LGBTQ people within the criminal justice system. Intertwining legal cases, academic research, and popular media, Nadal reviews a wide range of issues—ranging from historical heterosexist and transphobic legislation to police brutality to the prison industrial complex to family law.

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Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Sport : Queer Inquiries by Vikki Krane

Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Sport : Queer Inquiries by Vikki Krane

In this book, Vikki Krane and a team of leading sport scholars critically assess what we know about sex, gender, and sexuality in sport; expose areas in need of further inquiry; and offer new avenues for theory, research, and practice. Drawing on cultural studies perspectives, and with social justice at the heart of every chapter, the book discusses theory, policy, practice, and the experiences of LGBTIQ people in sport.

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The Case for Gay Reparations by Omar Guillermo Encarnación

The Case for Gay Reparations by Omar Guillermo Encarnación

Omar G. Encarnación draws upon the rich history of reparations to confront the legacies of genocide, slavery, and political repression and argue that gay reparations are a moral obligation intended to restore dignity to those whose human rights have been violated because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Reparations are also necessary to close painful chapters of anti-LGBT discrimination and violence and to remind future generations of past struggles for LGBT equality.

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The Lexington Six : Lesbian and Gay Resistance in 1970s America by Josephine Donovan

The Lexington Six : Lesbian and Gay Resistance in 1970s America by Josephine Donovan

Drawing on transcripts of the judicial hearings, contemporaneous newspaper accounts, hundreds of pages of FBI files released to the author under the Freedom of Information Act, and interviews with many of the participants, Josephine Donovan reconstructs this fascinating, untold story.

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Trans Bodies, Trans Selves : A Resource for the Transgender Community by Laura Erickson-Schroth

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves : A Resource for the Transgender Community by Laura Erickson-Schroth

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a resource guide for transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive populations covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more. It is a place for transgender, nonbinary, gender expansive, and gender questioning people, their partners and families, and others to look for up-to-date information on life under the trans umbrella.

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Transmovimientos : Latinx Queer Migrations, Bodies, and Spaces by Ellie D. Hernández, Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr., and Magda García

Transmovimientos : Latinx Queer Migrations, Bodies, and Spaces by Ellie D. Hernández, Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr., and Magda García

The focal point of analysis throughout Transmovimientos examines migratory movements and anti-immigrant sentiment, homophobia, and stigma toward people who are transgender, immigrants, and refugees. These deliberate consciousness-based expressions are designed to realign awareness about the body in transit and the diasporic experience of relocating and emerging into new possibilities.

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Unapologetic : A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers

Unapologetic : A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers

Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist.

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We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib

A triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not, We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt out of place and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one's truest self.

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