Selectors: Troy Walker and Tricia Venzke
For this guide we wanted to include notable literary and scholarly works by a wide array of LGBTQIA+ creators, as well as other resources to aid in the discovery of queer literature for education and entertainment. The titles and resources we've selected are by no means comprehensive or exhaustive, but hopefully a good place to get started.
According to the American Library Association, books about Black and LGBTQIA+ individuals are the most frequently targeted in challenges to ban books in school and public libraries. This is from a recent 2021 spike in organized efforts to remove books from libraries across the US.
[image from ALA's State of America's Libraries Report 2022]
Searching for queer literature can be frustrating! According to the American Library Association, books with queer characters are often banned and may be difficult to find in library collections. In addition, evolving language can obscure books on queer topics and make using library classification systems (such as Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)) an arduous task (as illustrated in this entertaining NY Times article by a queer woman who struggles to find herself reflected in library classification systems and in life). Here are some of the LCSH that we used while searching in the WSU catalog for resources for this guide:
You can order these books from the Michigan eLibrary Catalog (MeLCat) to be delivered to campus. Select the link to go to the item record in the MeL database and select "Get this from MeLCat"
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