16 Jun

The best non-fiction book guide for Pride 2021

Posted By Politybooks

Pride events might not be running as usual this year, but that’s not the only way to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. Here is a list of our recommended reading list this Pride.

1. Trans America by Barry Reay

Barry Reay explores the history of trans people in America: rich in the stories and perspectives of trans people themselves. He reveals how much the ideas of sex, sexuality, and gender have shifted over the last century in both medicine and the culture more broadly. He reveals the long struggle for trans recognition and the pioneers who fought for it.

2. LGBTQ Social Movements, Lisa M. Stulberg

In recent years, there has been substantial progress on LGBTQ+ civil rights in the United States. Covering a range of topics including the Stonewall uprising and gay liberation, AIDS politics, queer activism, marriage equality fights, youth action, and bisexual and transgender justice, Lisa M. Stulberg explores how marginalized people and communities have used a wide range of political and cultural tools to demand and create change.

3. Sex Cultures by Amin Ghaziani

Why is it so hard to talk about sex and sexuality?

Amin Ghaziani’s “Sex Cultures” provides a pithy introduction to the field of sexuality studies through a distinctively cultural lens. Unlike sex, which is a biological expression, the word ‘sexuality’ highlights how the materiality of the body acquires cultural meaning as it encounters other bodies, institutions, regulations, societal norms, and worldviews. Sex + culture = sexuality.

4. What is Sexual History?

Until the 1970s the history of sexuality was a marginalized practice. Today it is a flourishing field.
Jeffrey Weeks sets out how sexual history has developed, and its implications for our understanding of the ways we live.

5. Queer Wars by Dennis Altman and Jonathan Symons

The claim that LGBT rights are human rights encounters fierce opposition in many parts of the world. ‘Queer Wars’ explores this growing international polarization.

They explore the creative responses from activists, some of whom face murder or imprisonment. This book asks why sexuality and gender identity have become so vexed an issue and how we can advocate for change

Race and Sexuality by Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, Brandon Andrew Robinson and Cristina Khan

An illuminating book that delves into the interrelation of race and sexuality as inseparable elements of our identities.
This book approaches “Race and Sexuality” through an interdisciplinary lens. It is essential reading for anyone interested in race, sexuality, and intersectionality.

Happy Pride from everyone at Polity!