πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH BOOK RECS πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ (CC)


Hello everyone welcome back or welcome
to my channel my name is Lauren and I make videos a couple of times a week
about books and fandom-y things. So February is actually LGBTQ+ History Month so I wanted to talk about some books that are
nonfiction LGBTQ+ books about different points in history. I think it’s really
important to talk about these as well because of the history of everything and
I also think it’s really important to take into consideration that we are
really really lucky that there are certain things that are our history at
the minute, that so many people are lucky to live somewhere where being gay being
illegal is history and not a reality and going to prison is history and not a
reality and I want to just say before I talk about these books is that it’s
really important to remember that for some people that’s not history yet it’s
still a reality. There’s just over 70 countries in which
it is still illegal to even be gay let alone to get married to someone of the
same sex that’s still an illegal thing there are also things still going on in
the world to people that are LGBTQ+. There are still conversion therapies and
conversion camps, people are being killed, people are being attacked, people
are being disowned and people are suicidal and that is still happening in
so many places and it’s terrifying and I think it’s only right to talk about the
fact that whilst so many of these books and whilst this month is very important
because oh my god the world has come so far from what it was like – Stonewall
only 50 years ago last year, 51 years ago this year and so much has changed since
then and so much has changed over time and that’s amazing and so so wonderful
and yes it needs to be spoken about but I also want people to realize that in
another 50 years time what is today someone’s very awful reality needs to
also become history and there is still so much work to be done because it’s not
complete yet and it’s not all history. So yeah I wanted to talk about that before
I talk about these books because I think that’s just as important to think about
this month. So firstly the first book I want to talk about is From Prejudice to
Pride by Amy Lamé and this is all about the history of the LGBTQ+ movement, of
Stonewall, of how civil rights came into play and where that sort of started and
the things that kick-started that. This has personal histories of LGBTQ+ people
and it also looks at the aids crisis, stonewall like I said and also the whole
lavender scare situation that went on which for those that don’t know was when
people were being dismissed from their jobs because of their sexuality and the
kind of entire outrage situation that came from America and how LGBTQ+
people were treated because of this and everything that happened with that. This
was a really really important one the title was the thing that actually do me
in the first time because obviously it is a play on Pride and Prejudice but I
liked the way that it was prejudice to pride in there it shows where they
started and their history and everything that’s people have experienced since
then and the people that fought so that there are so many of us that are very
lucky to this day with how the world is and I think it’s also really important to be
reminded that Stonewall was a riot that’s what it started out as I think
it’s very easy now to see pride as a like really happy party parade but
actually it’s a riot and that’s what it started out so I think that’s really
important to take into account and always remember as well. Then following
on from that we have The Stonewall Reader by Jason Bauman and this is all about – this
came out last year when it was 50 years since Stonewall and this is all about what
happened and how Stonewall came about and what impact that had on the world
now and the world then and all of the wonderful things and people that were in
that initial riot. This is full of articles and diaries, pieces of
literature, personal accounts and so many other things surrounding those
riots and I think because we hear about them and people talk about and last
year it was it’s been 50 years since then but I think it’s really good to
know what that was and what people were actually fighting for and how everything
came about in the Stonewall Inn in New York City so I think there’s a lot of
information that a lot of people don’t know and I think it’s really good to
read about it and know about it as well. Then we have This Book is Gay by Juno
Dawson. This is a more modern one looking at more recent histories and
personal accounts but again like I said things are still being fought, things are
still very – there are still very harsh realities for a lot of people and I love
that this book looks at those personal accounts and looks at different people
and their experience here that this is one of the books that I first read where
I found out about how the scope of things are still so very illegal in so
many places and it’s terrifying and this was one of the books that really opened
my eyes to that and made me be like oh my god there is still so much to be done
because I think if you live somewhere where there is still discrimination and
the risk of things going on but ultimately existing is legal as it
should be, gay marriage is legal, you sort of think
you know there are pride parades celebrated every year in different towns all over
you think okay well that’s you know you don’t think – you sort of see your
little bubble and I think it’s really important to think outside of that
bubble and this book really opened my eyes to that even like I don’t think
it’s in this but even I found out that being gay was still legal in some states
in America until like 2003 like are you joking that’s insane. That’s so not that
long ago and I think things like that are important to think about and like I
said this book really was eye-opening for me in that sense. We have Trans
Britain: Our Journey Out of The Shadows by Christine Burns, it’s actually edited by
Christine Burns, she has put together lots of different accounts and diaries
and articles and all of that with the history of transgender people in Britain
and sort of the journey of that coming out.
Everything that’s all come from that and the history of that and I think that’s
also just as important to think about as well is that I think loads of people think
about like where gay rights started and all of that and I feel a lot like
transgender histories and everything and the fight that they still have that’s
still very prominent can be forgotten about sometimes, but I think it’s
important to think about the history of all the different letters in the lgbtq+ acronym.
I think that’s just as important because there’s so many histories of people, of
places all these experiences that have been had – which have which have led
to today’s society and how things are treated in today’s society but in
societies all over the world as well – I think that’s just as important. Then we
have Pride by Matthew Todd. I really want to own a physical copy of this book, I’ve
read it I know I got it out of the library and it’s beautiful but it’s
massive and expensive but it is absolutely gorgeous. It’s this massive
big book I think I might ask for it for my birthday, but it’s huge, and that is again it
came out last year in celebration of 50 years of Stonewall and again it’s a lots
of information about it it’s more like a coffee table book this one but there’s
lots of pictures, lots of things in it and really good things to read about and
learn about as well. And finally we have when Brooklyn was Queer by Hugh Ryan.
Now I’m gonna admit I didn’t know about this book and then I read a whole thing
on tumblr, I don’t have time anymore but when I had times I read this whole thing
on tumblr about this book on the history of Brooklyn and as someone that has spent a lot of time in New York – I really love Brooklyn, it’s one of my favorite places. I was reading this thing
and they’re talking about Brooklyn and then someone started talking about
Steve and Bucky and how Brooklyn had this massive like queer history and how that
would fit perfectly into the Steve and Bucky narrative from the Marvel films
because that’s where they grew up in wartime you know and I was like this
hilarious and I love this to pieces that someone made this reference but also what is
this book, this is really interesting. So I downloaded on my Kindle because this
was quite late at night and this is the sort of history of – but the forgotten
history of I guessm more so than anything because it’s things that aren’t spoken
about from the 1800s not even like from the 1900s or a bit later than
that it’s the 1800s and Brooklyn’s entire kind of vibrancy and and everything
about it that had so many queer people in it and the wonderful
history of that and how everything came about with that and its history which i
think is really important. If you’ve ever been to Brooklyn you will know what a
wonderful place it is and how fab it is and how just so welcoming it is. It’s
obviously one of my favourite places in New York and it makes me really sad when
people visit New York because I know that you want to do all the touristy
things because of course you do but I think that New York has some real hidden
gems which people don’t necessarily always think about they people don’t
really tend to leave Manhattan if they are there or a holiday or something but
just you know fair enough because you want to see Times Square and you want to
see the Statue of Liberty and thats absolutely fine but I really really recommend
traveling outside of Manhattan, if you’re there. Brooklyn and Queens are two
wonderful places that are very vibrant and wonderful and this book really
captures Brooklyn’s history in that sense and the kind of things about it
that people have forgotten about over the years. So yeah so that was some of my
favourite nonfiction LGBTQ+ history books that i wanted to share with you guys. Please, please leave your own recommendations in the description down
below, some books you thought were really important, really good and shed some
light with some really really really wonderful and important and even awful
parts of history you know part of this fight it’s still going on and there’s
horrible things that are people had to deal with in order to get basic rights
to exist and oh my god it just – I can’t if I talk about it too much it
gets me angry that people literally have to fight for that right to exist
and that people are still fighting for that right – of this I hate it I hate it
so much – I spoke about conversion therapy and how I think about that but yes I
wanted to share these with you guys because I think these are really really
good and important reads. Obviously there’s so many more so like I said, leave your
own recommendations in the comments down below. Thank you so much for watching, if
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