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LGBT History Month at the Library

Details of our planned activities for LGBT History Month.

Reading lists

We've collated these resource collections to showcase our physical and digital library collections. Delve in to discover your new favourite book or film, and find out more about LGBT history.

Book giveaways

Our book giveaway will run during February. All you need to do is follow us on Instagram and keep an eye on our Story. We'll post clues that show where we've hidden these books in our libraries (and occasionally around campus). You just need to follow the trail and be the first to find the book, then it's yours to keep. If you find one, please post a picture and tag us in it @uwelibrary

The book giveaway takes place across all of our campus libraries: Alexandra Warehouse (Gloucester Docks), Bower Ashton, Frenchay and Glenside.

Our titles for this year

  • At Swim, Two Boys - Jamie O'Neill
    Out at the Forty Foot, that great jut of Dublin rock where gentlemen bathe in the scandalous nude, two boys meet day after day. There they make a pact: that Doyler will teach Jim to swim and, in a year, they will swim the bay to the distant beacon of the Muglins rock, to raise the Green and claim it for themselves. As a turbulent year drives inexorably towards the Easter Rising of 1916 and Ireland sets forth on a path to uncertain glory, a tender, secret love story unfolds.
  • Bi - Sheri Eisner
    In this forward-thinking and eye-opening examination, feminist bisexual and genderqueer activist Shiri Eisner takes readers on a journey through the many aspects of the meanings and politics of bisexuality. informed by feminist, transgender, and queer theory, as well as politics and activism, Bi is a radical manifesto for a group that has been too frequently silenced, erased, and denied - and a starting point from which to launch a bisexual revolution.
  • Guapa - Saleem Haddad
    A Middle-Eastern capital caught in the revolutionary wave of the Arab Spring. A day in the life of a young man disillusioned with both East and West and struggling to find a place for himself in a society ruled by hypocrisy and contradictions. Rasa works as an interpreter for Western journalists by day and divides his nights between the Guapa, an underground nightclub where the city's clandestine LGBT community congregates, and his secret lover Taymour. Every night Taymour sneaks into the house Rasa shares with his overbearing grandmother, the woman who raised him. When she finds them in bed together on the eve of Taymour's wedding day, all hell breaks loose. That same day Rasa learns his best friend, the famous drag queen Majid, has been arrested by the police. Unable to go home, afraid for Majid's fate, and heartbroken by Taymour's determination to keep living a double life, Rasa's fragile balance collapses, while all around him the brief, intense season of public protest is cut short by the regime's repression and the rapid rise of the hard-line Islamist movement.
  • Oranges are not the only fruit - Jeanette Winterson
    This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves. Innovative, punchy and tender, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession.
  • Queer intentions - Amelia Abraham
    Today, the options and freedoms on offer to LGBTQ+ people living in the West are greater than ever before. But is same-sex marriage, improved media visibility and corporate endorsement all it’s cracked up to be? At what cost does this acceptance come? And who is getting left behind, particularly in parts of the world where LGBTQ+ rights aren’t so advanced? Combining intrepid journalism with her own personal experience, Amelia Abraham searches for the answers to these urgent challenges, as well as the broader question of what it means to be queer in 2019. With curiosity, good humour and disarming openness, Amelia takes the reader on a thought-provoking and entertaining journey. Join her as she cries at the first same-sex marriage in Britain, loses herself in the world’s biggest drag convention in L.A., marches at Pride parades across Europe, visits both a transgender model agency and the Anti-Violence Project in New York to understand the extremes of trans life today, parties in the clubs of Turkey’s underground LGBTQ+ scene, and meets a genderless family in progressive Stockholm.
  • This book is gay - Juno Dawson
    Whether you fancy boys or girls or both, whether you feel like a boy or girl on the inside, you're just you, right? With laugh out loud wit and wisdom, Juno Dawson smashes the myths and prejudice surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity and tells it how it really is. Us human beings are a complicated bunch and not one of us should be labelled wrongly, just because we don't fit somebody else's idea of normal.
  • Trans* - Jack Alberstam
    In the past decade, public discussions of transgender issues have increased exponentially. What was once regarded as an unusual or even unfortunate disorder has become an accepted articulation of gendered embodiment as well as a new site for political activism and recognition. With this increased visibility of trans people have come power and regulation. What promoted such an extensive rethinking of our understanding of gendered embodiment? How did a stigmatized identity become so central to U.S. and European articulations of self? And how have people responded to new definitions of sex and the gendered body? In Trans*, Jack Halberstam examines these recent shifts in the meaning and representation of the gendered body, exploring the possibilities of a non-gendered, gender-optional, or gender-queer future.

Human Library

Have you ever seen a person and wondered which personal experiences in their life has shaped them to be the person that they are today? Visit our Human Library to speak to your fellow students and staff at UWE Bristol to help eliminate stereotypes and to create a safe space for everyone.

The Human Library will be running at Frenchay Library on Wednesday 26 February.


Wednesday 26 Febuary 12:00-13:00 13:00-14:00
Queer + Non-Binary Joe Kelly  
Not coming out in the 90’s: Growing into my identity Ruth Ackroyd  
Everyone But You Mallika Khan  
Judging a Book By Its Cover (A Trans Identity Story)   Elise Harding
Coming Out as a Teenager in the 80s   Lisa Baxter
Being an LGBT+ parent with a child that identifies as Non Binary   Debbie Pleasants

Book display

Our LGBT History Month book display will be on Level 2, Frenchay Library throughout February. Find it next to our help pods.

Reading groups

During February, our reading groups will follow a LGBT+ theme.

Find out more about our library reading group.

UWE Bristol LGBT History Month celebrations

There are currently no upcoming events

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