LGBTQIA+ History Month

LGBTQIA History Month

October is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual/Agender (LGBTQIA+) History Month which celebrates LGBTQIA+ history, along with the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. Created in 1994, October was initially chosen to include National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11) and the anniversary of the first LGBT march on Washington on Oct. 14 in 1979. Recent additions to the month have been included such as Spirit Day (Oct. 20), Ally Week, and the observance of the tragic death of Matthew Shepard, a symbol for the gay rights movement.

All the items on this digital display are available for free online with your NPL library card.

Click on each section below to browse our recommendations. Each title is available through one (or more) of the Naperville Public Library's digital resources.

Becoming Nicole

Amy Ellis Nutt
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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Susan Kuklin
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Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation

Eli Clare


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How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS

David France
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How We Fight for Our Lives

Saeed Jones
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Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything in Between

Amrou Al-Kadhi

Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality

Debbie Cenziper

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson
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The Gay Revolution

Lillian Faderman
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The Right Side of History: 100 Years of Revolutionary LGBTQI Activism

Adrian Brooks

The Stonewall Reader Edited

Jason Baumann

This Book is Gay

Juno Dawson
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Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community

Laura Erickson-Schroth

We Have Always Been Here

Samra Habib

A Second Chance

Alessandra Ebulu

Black Helicopters

Caitlin R Kiernan

Dreamers Series

Adriana Herrera
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Felix Ever After

Kacen Callender
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Nino Cipri

Her Body and Other Parties

Carmen Maria Machado
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Jane Lawless Mysteries

Ellen Hart


Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker
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Nested Hearts Series

Ada Maria Soto


Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn
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Phoenix Extravagant

Yoon Ha Lee
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Rise of the Rain Queen

Fiona Zedde

River of Teeth

Sarah Gailey
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Sidekick Squad Series

C.B. Lee
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The City We Became

N.K. Jemisin
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The Hound of Justice

Claire O’Dell
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The Lost Coast

Amy Rose Capetta

The Paying Guests

Sarah Waters
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Transition to Murder

Renee James
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Unconquerable Sun

Kate Elliott

A Drag King Extravaganza

A Drag King Extravaganza, however, reveals that being a drag king is not so simple. This performance art has exploded into a complex and fascinating movement which centralizes around an annual drag king conference called the International Drag King Community Extravaganza (IDKE). Within this conference, gender, sexuality, race and ability are explored through in-depth discussions and provocative performances.

Before Stonewall

BEFORE STONEWALL pries open the closet door--setting free the dramatic story of the sometimes horrifying public and private existences experienced by gay and lesbian Americans since the 1920s. Revealing and often humorous, this widely acclaimed film relives the emotionally-charged sparking of today's gay rights movement, from the events that led to the fevered 1969 riots to many other milestones in the brave fight for acceptance.

Coming Out: A 50 Year History

These inspiring talks give insight into the political and personal changes that shaped the modern LGBTQ movement. The young interviewers get an opportunity to compare and contrast their "coming out" experience with people who came out during McCarthy, Civil Rights, post-Stonewall, and AIDS eras. In the end, they learn that every generation of activists stands on the shoulders of those who came before and that activism needs to continue even in the light of great social strides.


This episode de-frocks the world of Drag: drag queens, drag kings and drag in-between. Featuring eight unique drag performers, the show explores gender, sexuality, dressing up and living life fabulous.

Off the Straight & Narrow

OFF THE STRAIGHT & NARROW challenges viewers to consider the value and limits of available gay images: who is represented, what they get to say, and how people respond to them. The video is an invaluable tool for all educators interested in introducing students to issues of representation and diversity in the media.

Out Run

Out Run provides a unique look into the challenges LGBT people face as they transition into the mainstream and fight for dignity, legitimacy, and acceptance across the globe.


Profiling the lives of three young transmen of color, this short doc explores what life is like living as a black man, when no one knows you are transgender, and how each man perceives his own journey with gender after many years of being presumed as a cisgender man.

T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness

T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness excavates the hidden sexualities of Black female entertainers who reigned over the nascent blues recording industry of the 1920s. Unlike the male-dominated jazz scene, early blues provided a space for women to take the lead and model an autonomy that was remarkable for women of any color or sexual orientation.

Growing Up Trans

Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning, too-with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. Growing Up Trans takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside this new frontier-where it's now possible for kids who feel they were born in the wrong body to never have to go through the puberty of their biological sex.

What's The T?

T as in "trans-gender." Award winning documentary exploring the challenges, successes and lives of five trans-gender women - who began life as males.

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