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Queer History - Resources Page

On this page you will find a list of useful resources located within the University of Warwick and elsewhere that cover the topic of queer history and queer more generally. These resources include (but are not limited to), reading lists; archives; public history institutions such as museums; interest groups; podcasts; University of Warwick spaces and modules.

If you have any suggestions for this page, we would love to hear from you! Find us on our Facebook and Twitter or email at queerhistory at warwick dot ac dot uk.

  • Queer History Reading Group - Reading Lists
    • This is a list of all the material we have used in previous sessions, as well as texts from #texttuesday on our social media.
  • 'Queer and Muslim' A Discussion Panel - Reading List by Amal
    • A detailed reading list created for the 'Queer and Muslim' discussion panel. Has related information on articles, texts, journals, media and organisations.
  • Stonewall 50 Reading List by Catriona Matthews
    • To celebrate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in the US, the Library in collaboration with the LGBTUA+ Taskforce, has put together a reading list which showcases just some of the Library resources available and highlights a selection of the books, articles, and films which were and continue to be influential in the formation of LGBTUA+ cultures, identity, and movements. Many of the items have been suggested by Warwick students and staff and reflect their interests and experiences. The list is not comprehensive, and you can help them to include a wider range of voices on the shelves by sending in suggestions of materials which are missing, resources which might be useful, or literature and films which have personal significance. Email library at warwick dot ac dot uk or submit a book suggestion form.
  • Bibliography on lesbian and trans women in Nazi Germany by Dr Anna Hájková 
    • "The aim of this bibliography is to awaken interest in the topic, especially in “legitimate history” in order to overcome the academic neglect, especially in German language historiography, to the topic."
  • Trans History Reading List by Hannah Ayres
    • This reading list was prepared for the Trancestry talk and details reading and resources relating to trans history.
  • What's the Queery?: Gaming by Hannah Ayres & Alex Ayres
  • Grassroots Vs. Corporate Queerness
    • This is a list of resources that was created to accompany the Grassroots vs. Corporate Queerness podcast session. This podcast was created as part of the Pride2020 celebrations hosted by Queer Heritage Forum.
  • LGBT Magazine Archive
    • This collection provides access to the archives of 26 of the most influential, longest-running serial publications covering LGBT interests. Includes the pre-eminent US and UK titles - The Advocate and Gay Times, respectively. Chronicles more than sex decades of the history and culture of the LGBT community.
  • Archives of Sexuality & Gender
    • The largest collection available in support of the study of gender and sexuality, enables scholars to make new connections in LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related areas of research.
  • Glasgow Women's Library - The Lesbian Archive
    • Glasgow Women's Library is home to one of the most significant LGBT Historical collections in the UK. With material spanning from the 1920s to the present day, the collection holds some really significant archives and artefacts of UK and International LGBT History.
  • rukus! Black Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Cultural Archive
    • Launched by rukus! Federation Limited in 2005 and deposited with London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) in 2010, the archive documents the Black LGBT community's contribution and 'lived experience' in London, the UK and internationally. Cataloguing was achieved through a three-year volunteer project hosted at LMA 2011-2014.
  • LGBT Archive UK
    • Formerly the LGBT UK History Project, founded June 2011. Collaborative venture to produce a comprehensive archive of LGBT people, places, events, and organisations in the UK from the earliest times to the present day. Organised along similar lines to Wikipedia.
  • The National Archives - Sexuality and Gender Identity History
    • This guide will help you find records relating to sexuality and gender identity history.
  • Homosexuality in Eighteenth-Century England - A Sourcebook Compiled by Rictor Norton
    • Fantastic resource for homosexuality in eighteenth-century England!
  • Old Bailey Online - Guide
    • For the eighteenth century, the Proceedings provide vibrant and detailed evidence of the sophisticated worlds and subcultures of London’s homosexual communities. Until the 1780s trials for sodomy provide extensive accounts of the otherwise hidden world of molly houses and homosexual prostitution. In the last decade of the eighteenth century, and throughout the nineteenth century, however, the details of these trials are censored, and the Proceedings give only the barest facts of each case. From this period onwards, the best details of behaviour and attitudes within the Gay community can be found in trials for blackmail, and in the incidental accounts that emerge in trials for other crimes.
  • London School of Economics - LGBT Collections
    • This collection contains primary source material mainly relating to gay and lesbian rights. The collection is particularly strong for campaigning from the late 1950s to the 1990s. LSE Library's main LGBT collection is called the Hall-Carpenter Archives in honour of Radclyffe Hall and Edward Carpenter, although there is no material relating to these two people in this archive.
  • Bishopsgate Institute
    • LGBTQ+ Archives: Holds one of the most extensive collections on LGBTQ+ history, politics and culture in the UK. It covers the late nineteenth century onward. The collections encompass LGBTQ+ history, politics, and culture, with archives from Stonewall, Switchboard, GMFA/The Gay Men's Health Charity, Outrage! and material relating to the Terrence Higgins Trust, Achilles Heel and QX magazines. They also hold records of individuals including Paris Lees, Sue Sanders/Schools Out/LGBT History Month and many others.
    • UK Leather and Fetish Archives: Seeks to document and celebrate the history and heritage of the Gay/Bi leather, rubber and fetish communities in the UK, and to provide access to the archive to researchers, students and the general public for education and research.
  • London Metropolitan Archives - LGBT Community Archives
    • This guide explores collections relevant to the research of LGBT history from 17th century to the present day.
  • Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony
    • The Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony was founded in 2010. We digitize and make available online oral histories and testimony of same-sex and same-gender attracted women, inclusive of Two Spirit, queer, bisexual, and lesbian women, transmen, and others.
  • Lesbian Herstory Archives
    • The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the world's largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities. They are located in Brooklyn.

  • Australian Lesbian & Gay Archives
    • Established in 1978, this archive is the only community group in Australia that actively collects and preserves LGBTIQ material from across the country, making it readily accessible.
  • Dr. John P. De Cecco Archives & Special Collections
    • Ran by the GLBT Historical Society, this archive holds materials pertaining to LGBTQ people. They have over 900 collections including personal papers, organisational records, periodicals, oral histories, photographs, audiovisual recordings, ephemera, artefacts, and works of art.
  • Outspoken: Oral History from LGBTQ Pioneers
    • This archive aims to preserve LGBTQ history through collecting, archiving, and making widely available first-hand oral histories of LGBTQ people.
  • Transgender Archives - University of Victoria
    • This archive is committed to the preservation of the history of pioneering activists, community leaders, and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of trans, nonbinary, Two-Spirit, and other gender-diverse people.
  • Leather Archives & Museum - Chicago
    • The Leather Archives & Museum was founded by Chuck Renslow and Tony DeBlase in 1991 as a community archive, library, and museum of leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM history and culture.
  • LGBTQ Video Game Archive
    • Documenting the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer content in games (currently digital but they hope to expand).
  • Journal of the History of Sexuality
    • JHS spans geographic and temporal boundaries, providing a much-needed forum for historical, critical, and theoretical research in its field. Its cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary character brings together original articles and critical reviews from historians, social scientists, and humanities worldwide.
  • Radical History Review
    • For over forty years, Radical History Review has stood at the point where rigorous historical scholarship and active political engagement converge.The journal is edited by a collective of historians with diverse backgrounds, research interests, and professional perspectives. Articles in RHR address issues of gender, race, sexuality, imperialism, and class, stretching the boundaries of historical analysis to explore Western and non-Western histories. RHR includes sections devoted to public history and the art of teaching as well as reviews of a wide range of media - from books to television and from websites to museum exhibitions - thus celebrating the vast potential for historical learning in the twenty-first century.
  • GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
    • Providing a much-needed forum for interdisciplinary discussion, GLQ publishes scholarship, criticism, and commentary in areas as diverse as law, science studies, religion, political science, and literary studies. Its aim is to offer queer perspectives on all issues touching on sex and sexuality.
  • KINQ = Knowledge Industries Need Queering
    • A manifesto put together by Craig Middleton and Nikki Sullivan on why knowledge industries need queering - there is a section on the website for responses to this manifesto.
  • Queer History Warwick Blog
    • Our group's blog! If you are interested in seeing a catalogue of previous posts or submitting something yourself then please feel free to check here.
  • NOTCHES
    • NOTCHES is a peer-reviewed collaborative and international history of sexuality blog that aims to get people inside and outside the academy thinking about histories of sex and sexualities in the past and in the present across regions, periods and themes.
  • Cambridge Gender and Sexuality History Workshop
    • Sharing updates from their weekly workshops and news from the community.
  • feministkilljoys
    • A blog ran by Sara Ahmed which originally began to run alongside Ahmed's book Living a Feminist Life. Now, routinely updated and full of fantastic, thought-provoking articles, this blog is well worth checking out.
  • 18th Century Pride
    • This blog details research on Revolutionary and Founding Eras that focuses on the forgotten stories of LGBTQIA+ people, culture, and events at the birth of the USA.
  • British Library LGBTQ Histories
    • From the 1500s to today, this site charts the struggle for love, identity and legislative change faced by LGBTQ communities in the UK. It explores the experiences and stories encountered in the British Library's collections, poses questions and seeks to involve the community in thinking about the answers. This is not a finite resource and is growing over time.
  • British Museum - Desire, Love, Identity
    • This 2017 display offered glimpses into LGBTQ histories, experiences and lives by examining objects from around the world, covering ancient civilisations right up to today. There is now an audio tour which you can download and a map to help you find objects in the museum. There will also be LGBTQ tours launching soon.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum - LGBTQ Tour
    • Runs the last Saturday of every month except December. Free, drop-in - from 16:00-17:00. Explores gender and sexual identities through a selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer related objects in the V&A's collections.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum - LGBTQ Working Group
    • Unearths previously hidden or unknown LGBTQ histories in the collections and aims to facilitate understanding of LGBTQ identities and histories through research, events, discussion and debate.
  • National Trust - Prejudice and Pride
    • Many of their places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged ideas of gender and sexuality. In 2017, 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, they explored their LGBTQ heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride.
  • Pitts Rivers Museum - Beyond the Binary
    • Working with a broad range of partners, from researchers to community activists, the project will challenge historical interpretations of the museum's collections - offering alternative understandings from people with different identities as well as identifying human histories that are unrepresented as a result of intolerance This is so that no individual or group feels excluded from the museum because of their sexuality or gender, and so that all visitors – however they might identify themselves – can understand humanity better.
    • In addition to exploring the existing collections, this project will include a community-focused acquisition programme for LGBTQ+ cultural and historical artefacts. Objects will be collected from British communities and across the globe that highlight traditions of gender non-conformity, bringing British LGBTQ+ heritage into conversation with global LGBTQ+ material culture.

  • Queer Britain: The National LGBTQ+ Museum
    • Queer Britain is working to establish the UK's first national LGBTQ+ museum, a place as exciting as the people, stories and ideas it explores and celebrates. It will be an essential place for all regardless of sexuality and gender identity, to find out about the culture they have been born into, have chosen to seek to understand.
  • The Museum of Transology (Brighton Museum & Art Gallery)
    • This bold, brave and profound collection of artefacts and photographic portraiture began with donations from Brighton's vibrant trans community. It is not the largest collection representing trans people in the UK - if not the world. Open until October 2019.
  • National Museums Liverpool - Pride and Prejudice - LGBT+ research project
    • They have been researching their urban history collections at the Museum of Liverpool, and their fine and decorative art collections at the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House, in order to identify items with an LGBT+ connections.
  • Royal Cornwall Museum
    • Produces various LGBT+ related history events, blogs etc.
  • Tate
    • Has previously produced various queer exhibitions, blogs and material.
  • Museum of London - Blog Post - Hidden Pride: London's LGBT History
    • They take a look through their collection for signs and symbols of the centuries-long struggle by LGBTQ+ Londoners for acceptance, recognition and equal rights.


  • Feminist History Group
    • Group is based in the History Department, but is open to all researchers whose work engages with questions of gender and feminism. They host talks and also provide the opportunity for close reading and in-depth discussion of theoretical (and other) texts. They hope to benefit from cross-disciplinary perspectives, and to develop an informal space in which they can learn from each other in thinking through what are often challenging conceptual issues. Speakers have included Jack Halberstam, Judith Walkowitz, Sheila Rowbotham, Caroline Bressey and Alison Light.
  • 'Queer' Asia
    • 'Queer' Asia is a network of queer identifying scholars, academics, activists, artists and performers. It is a platform for inter-Asia collaborations, dialogue and research on issues affecting people who self-identify as LGBTQ+ or belong to other non-normative sexualities and gender identities in Asia, or Asian diasporas and beyond.
  • Warwick Pride
    • The University of Warwick Students' Unions society for Lesbian, Gay, Bi+, Trans, Undefined and Asexual/Aromantic students and their friends.
  • Warwick Decolonise Project
    • The Warwick Decolonise Project lobbies the university for a curriculum that reflects the diversity of the student body and promotes critical thinking.
  • Warwick Anti-Sexism Society
    • They are a society for people of all genders who are interested in discussing and campaigning for gender liberation.
  • OutHistory.org
    • OutHistory.org tells stories about people in the past who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and people who did not conform to dominant norms of sexuality and gender.
  • GLBT Historical Society
    • This group collects, preserves, exhibits and makes accessible public materials and knowledge to support and promote understandings of LGBTQ history, culture, and arts. They run the GLBT Historical Society Museum (San Francisco) and the Dr. John P. De Cecco Archives and Research Center.
  • Pride History Group Sydney
    • Pride History is a volunteer community group dedicated to researching, writing about, and recording memories of Sydney's LGBTIQ history.
  • LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory
    • Connects archives across Canada and the US to produce a digital history hub for the research and study of LGBTQ oral histories.
  • One From the Vaults - Morgan M. Page
    • A trans history podcast by Morgan M. Page. Brings all the dirt, gossip and glamour from trans history!
  • NB: My non-binary life - Caitlin Benedict & Amrou Al-Kadhi
    • You might have heard the term non-binary. This is how it feels.
  • Prejudice and Pride - Clare Balding
    • A six-part podcast series presented by broadcaster and author Clare Balding, which explores the lost and hidden LGBTQ stories from collections, gardens and landscapes the National Trust cares for. Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.
  • Making Gay History - Eric Marcus
    • Bringing the voices of queer history to life through intimate conversations with LGBTQ champions, heroes, and witnesses to history.
  • History is Gay - Gretchen Ellis and Leigh Pfeffer
    • History is Gay is a twice-monthly podcast where two queer nerds use their passion for social justice, history, and storytelling to examine the overlooked and underappreciated queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies from the unexplored corners of history. Because history has never been as straight as you think.
  • Queer as Fact: A Queer History Podcast
    • A truly international historical podcast; its past episodes have included Oscar Wilde, Chinese poet Wu Zao and erotic pottery from ancient Peru. Prepare for things to go in unexpected directions.
  • Making Queer History - Laura Mills
    • Electic Australian mix, veering from portraits of queer figures in history to discussions with experts and bigger-picture issues like the media's representations of homosexuality.
  • Yesterqueer
    • A comedic exploration of gays gone by.
  • Oxford LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) History Month Lectures
    • For LGBT History Month in 2018, the University of Oxford commissioned a series of lectures from prominent queer activists, historians and academics on what LGBTQ history means, the lives of figures like Alan Turing, and why LGBTQ memory is so important.
  • Mattachine
    • A podcast dedicated to exploring the overlooked, forgotten, or often-untold stories in queer history, told in serialized episodes.
  • Queer America Podcast
    • Without LGBTQ history, there is no American history. From Teaching Tolerance and hosts Leila Rupp and John D'Emilio, Queer America takes listeners on a journey that spans from Harlem to the Frontier West, revealing stories of LGBTQ life we should have learned in school.
  • Bad Gays
    • A podcast about evil and complicated gay men in history. Why do we remember our heroes better than our villains? Hosted by Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller.
  • Sexing History - Gillian Frank & Lauren Gutterman
    • A podcast about how the history of sexuality shapes our present.