10 best LGBT history books: Learn lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender history

Funny Riverdale memes

We’ve listed LGBT history books that will make excellent additions to your book collection ahead of LGBT History Month in February.

These 10 books will feed your knowledge on LGBT history. Whether you’re LGBT yourself or an ally of the rainbow family, we encourage you to download, order or share these books in the name of LGBT education.

Even today, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history is seldom discussed and more needs to become known. LGBT history consists of discrimination and an ongoing endeavour for equality among people of different sexualities and genders.

Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Joey MogulAndrea Ritchie and Kay Whitlock

Queer (In)Justice The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States

Publisher: Beacon Press

This book explores cases of injustices within the LGBT community as they’re accused of crimes and framed as “gleeful gay killers,” “lethal lesbians,” “disease spreaders,” and “deceptive gender benders.”

Equal Ever After: The fight for same-sex marriage – and how I made it happen by Lynne Featherstone 

Equal Ever After: The fight for same-sex marriage - and how I made it happen

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

Read about the fight for same-sex marriage and how this woman made it happen.

The author is a British Liberal Democrat parliamentarian and member of the House of Lords. This book details her work to establish legal same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom.

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker (Author) and Julia Scheele (Illustrator)

Queer: A Graphic History

(Publisher: Icon Books Ltd)

Activist-academic Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Julia Scheele portray the LGBT history of queerness in this brilliant non-fiction graphic novel.

This book explores how society “came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do; how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged.”

Sapphistries: A Global History of Love between Women (Intersections) by Leila J. Rupp


Publisher: NYU Press

This lesbian history book is another must-read over LGBT history month.

From the ancient poet Sappho to modern women today, this monograph threads lesbian history together in a brilliant and thought-provoking way.

Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg

LGBT history book: Transgender Warriors Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg

(Publisher: Beacon Press, 1996)

In this extraordinary journal, Feinberg gives readers an insight into trans lives.

Comments (0)

MyPinkNews members are invited to comment on articles to discuss the content we publish, or debate issues more generally. Please familiarise yourself with our community guidelines to ensure that our community remains a safe and inclusive space for all.

Loading Comments