Queer Poetry Evening at Gays the Word

Gays the Word hosts a Queer Poetry Evening on May 23rd which will include the launch of The Frost Fairs by John McCullough and The Private Parts of Girls by Sophie Mayer (both from Salt Publishing, 2011).  Chroma’s Andra Simons will round off the evening with a lyrical extravaganza. To find out more, click here

General

Against the Law , Peter Wildeblood, 1955. Re-published in 1999 as part of Weidenfeld and Nicolson’s 50th anniversary, with a new preface by Matthew Parris. ISBN 0 297 64382 7 A Way of Life , Peter Wildeblood, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1956 Love In A Dark Time and Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature , Colm Toibin, Simon and …

Bisexual

Getting Bi is an anthology of essays and articles from people around the world.  Over 30 countries are represented in this truly global book that is a must-have for anyone wanting to understand more about bisexuality. ISBN: 096538814X More info from www.biresource.org

Arts

Brief encounters Lesbians and Gays in British Cinema 1930-1971 Stephen BourneCassell 1996 ISBN 0 304 33283 The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies , Vitto Russo, 1981 (revised edition 1987). (also a 1996 documentary film)

History

Becomining Visible A reader in gay and lesbian history for high school students Kevin Jenning, editor Alyson 1994 1-55583-254-7 Hidden Histories:20th Century Male Same Sex Lovers in the Visual Arts (ISBN:1-902889-10-X) by Michael Petry. It accompanied the exhibition of the same name for The New Art Gallery Walsall last summer. The book is available in most art book stores/museums as …

Women

Lesbian Feminist Bibliography 1960s and 70s (OutHistory.org) A comprehensive list of books and writers can be found here. Lesbian Lists A look at lesbian culture, history and personalities Dell Richards Alyson 1990 Women of Ideas and What Men Have Done to Them Spender RKP 1982 0-7100-9353-5

Transgender

Christine Jorgensen – A Personal Autobiography – An intimate memoir of the world’s first heavily publicised sex-change operation in 1953 (Cleis Press, Oct 2000, ISBN 1-573-44100-7 Conundrum – 1974 autobiographical classic by the author Jan Morris, charting her 1960’s transition from man to woman. The original (Faber) edition is no longer in print, although it is stocked by many libraries. …

Education

Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities: Exploring children’s gender and sexual relations in the primary school. Renold, Emma (2005) London: RoutledgeFalmer. An academic book just out which describes the pressures of ‘compulsory heterosexuality’ for primary school pupils as they learn to be ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ and also to have ‘boyfriends’ and ‘girlfriends’. Recommended. Gays The Word has a useful booklist of …

Children

Wikipedia’s list of children’s books with LGBT Themes Gus and Waldo’s Book of Love and Gus & Waldo’s Book of Fame, Massimo Fenati, Orion Gus and Waldo And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, and Henry Cole King and King, Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland

Booksellers

Gay’s the Word, 66, Marchmont Street, London WC7N 9AB www.gaystheword.co.uk Some books may now be out of print, Abe Books may be able to help. www.newsfromnowhere.org.uk also has many of the books on your list, and could order any that are in print. For postcards and gifts: The Women’s Stand/Olive & Oscar sells witty postcards, greeting cards & gifts. We …