2024 Pride Month Reading List

This Pride Month, we invite our readers to honor the contributions of LGBTQIA+ activists with this collection of some of our recent books and journal articles featuring a range of experiences within diverse contexts. For more titles, check out the full list of titles in our Sexuality Studies collection.

Feeling Asian American: Racial Flexibility Between Assimilation and Oppression

Wen Liu

An innovative challenge to persistent myths, Feeling Asian American ranges from the wartime origins of Asian American psychology to anti-Asian attacks to present Asian Americanness as a complex political assemblage.

The Polish Review 

Special Issue: Gender and Nation 

This special issue seeks to investigate, in an interdisciplinary fashion, the relationship between nationalism and gender in the Polish context. One article, “History, Nationalism, and Lesbian Cabaret: Agnieszka Weseli ‘Furja’ and Maria Konopnicka” by Jodie Greig, traces the role that nineteenth-century Polish Positivist author Maria Konopnicka has played in the twenty-first century Polish LGBT rights movement, as well as the backlash against her newfound status as an LGBT icon from nationalist factions.

Playful Protest: The Political Work of Joy in Latinx Media

Kristie Soares

Daring and original, Playful Protest examines how Latinx creators resist the idea that joy only exists outside politics and activist struggle.

Journal of Film and Video 

“Building a Timeline for LGBTQ+ Global Cinemas (1910–2019): Movie Production Trends from a Collaborative Internet Cinema Database” by Manuel Hernández-Pérez and Juan José Sánchez-Soriano

This article is a historical review and the global mapping of two phenomena: film production and the development of social rights. One aim is to trace the evolution of cinema and the presence of LGBTQ+ characters and plots. Another is to seek to ascertain the current situation of these representations among national productions in quantitative terms.

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Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought  

“Transcending Mormonism: Transgender Experiences in the LDS Church” by Keith Burns and Linwood J. Lewis (Open Access) 

Ultimately, LDS theology portrays God as all-loving and compassionate, desiring the happiness and salvation of all human beings. Paramount to such theological frameworks is the imperative to become like God by developing divine attributes of benevolence and compassion. For Church members and leaders to truly live out the splendor of this endeavor, theological and institutional constructions (or reconstructions) must ensure that all gender identities and sexual orientations are given equal legitimacy and value in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Su Friedrich

Barbara Mennel

Mennel provides an essential overview of the filmmaker’s oeuvre while highlighting the defining characteristics of her artistic and political signature.

Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education 

“Microaggressive Stress and Identity Trauma: The Work-Related Mental Health Risks of LGBTQ+ Music Teachers” by Tawnya D. Smith

Music teachers are exposed to work-related stressors sufficient to negatively impact their mental health, and both the COVID-19 pandemic and culture wars have amplified the likelihood of teacher-targeted bullying and harassment. However, LGBTQ+ teachers have been historically more likely to experience workplace discrimination, and they may be even more at risk since the advent of the third wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in the United States. This review of literature examines studies to reveal the threats to mental health that LGBTQ+ music teachers may encounter as a result of their work.

Vita Sexualis: Karl Ulrichs and the Origins of Sexual Science

Ralph M. Leck

Original and audacious, Vita Sexualis uses a foundational figure’s scientific and political innovations to open new insights into the history of sexual science, legal systems, and Western amatory codes.

Journal of Olympic Studies 

Forum: Transgender Athletes and the Olympic Games 

This forum invited two scholars to examine the suitability and effects of the International Olympic Committee’s Framework on Fairness, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations. Read the introduction by John Gleaves and articles (“Trans Women Are Women, and Sport Is a Human Right” by Veronica Ivy and “The Negligence of Biological Reality” by Ask Vest Christiansen), or listen to Part One and Part Two of our podcast series on the forum.

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