LGBT Connections at NCCU
Is there really LGBT History in the South?
There most certainly is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) history in the South! The challenge is in finding it. A wealth of literature exists by noted authors such as Martin Duberman, John D’Emilio and Lillian Faderman examining the history, development of gay and lesbian identity, political organizations, rights movements and responses to AIDS. There are few works, however, dedicated to the Southern LGBT experience; the majority document the larger urban centers such as New York, San Francisco, Denver, and Chicago. Scholarly literature based on the LGBT experience in southern cities, evident especially in the work of John Howard, has only begun to appear in the last decade.
Researchers in Southern LGBT history must be patient and resourceful. Be sure to use the numerous keyword search terms provided in this guide, as the terms associated with the LGBT community have changed over the last 50 years. From homophile to queer, literature exists if you search using a variety of methods.
This guide was created to help others find what can be a frustrating field to navigate. More and more books and articles are published each year examining this important history. Please feel free to email me with additional information if you find new sources.
What Keywords Should I Use in my Search?
Throughout history, LGBT communities have been known by many names. This can mean difficulty conducting a simple search for materials. Here are a few key terms to think about when searching for items related to LGBT history.
Out in America
Although some see the Stonewall Inn Riots as the birth of the Gay Rights Movement in the U.S., organizations and individuals had been working for decades prior to raise awareness of homosexuals. PBS has compiled a timeline that gives some key dates for the movement. This can serve as a jumping off point for research into many different events and personalities in LGBT history.