LGBT Thought and Culture

LGBT Thought and Culture

"The content here is unusual and exceptional. . . LGBT Thought and Culture will be a useful acquisition for libraries serving serious researchers in anthropology, cultural studies, history, human rights, philosophy, political science, psychology, and queer studies." –Library Journal


LGBT Thought and Culture is an online resource hosting the key works and archival documentation of LGBT political and social movements throughout the 20th century and into the present day. The collection includes materials ranging from seminal texts, letters, periodicals, speeches, interviews, and ephemera covering the political evolution of gay rights to memoirs, biographies, poetry, and works of fiction that illuminate the lives of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual individuals and the community.

At completion, the database will contain 150,000 pages of rich content essential to students and scholars of cultural studies, history, women's and gender studies, political science, American studies, social theory, sociology, and literature. Content partners include the Kinsey Institute Archive and Library, Windy City Media Group, the National Archives at Kew, Flinders University, and notable LGBT publishers Alyson Books, Cleis Press, and Firebrand Books as well as mainstream trade and university publishers.


As much of LGBT culture grew underground and in geographically dispersed places, LGBT Thought and Culture will include archival material from local and national organizations as well as the personal papers of notable figures in the movement. Understanding the transnational nature of the evolution of the LGBT community and political movement, the collection will also include published works and archival materials from around the world, with a particular focus on Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.

Featured content includes:

  • The Magnus Hirschfeld Collection, acquired by the Kinsey Institute Archive and Library in the 1940s.
    • The professional correspondence, publications, confidential reports, news clippings, court documents, and other materials from renowned German sex researcher Magnus Hirschfeld (1868‒1935).
    • Hirschfeld’s famous letter to students at Charlottenburg Institute of Technology.
  • Additional collections from the Kinsey Institute’s archives, including early transgender periodicals, organizational papers, and writings from Harry Benjamin and John Money.
  • The editorial files and books of Tracy Baim a key LGBT and feminist reporter since 1980. Her archives include editorial article clips, reporter's notes, press releases for LGBT and AIDS organizations, program books, and more.
  • Several periodical publications of Windy City Media Group:
    • Outlines (1987‒2000), a newspaper serving Chicago's LGBT community, featuring LGBT and AIDS coverage, news, interviews, photos, events, and community features.
    • Blacklines (1996‒2006), a monthly newspaper covering African American LGBT issues with a focus on gay media.
    • En La Vida (1996‒2006), a monthly newspaper addressing Latino/a LGBT issues and culture.
  • Rare books and major winners of the Stonewall Book Awards and Lambda Literary Awards, many of which are no longer in print:
    • The Homosexual in America, Donald Corey, originally published in 1951
    • Imre: A Memorandum, Xavier Mayne, originally published in 1908
    • Left Out: The Politics of Exclusion, Martin B. Duberman
    • The Stone Wall, Mary Casal, originally published in 1930

To ensure the highest caliber, most relevant inclusions, collection is cultivated by an advisory board of subject matter experts that includes Michael Bronski, Dartmouth College and Harvard University; Linda Garber, Santa Clara University; Todd Gilman, Yale University Library; Gerard Koskovich, Queer Antiquarian Book Dealer and Independent Scholar; Lisa Johnston, Sweet Briar College; Dennis Altman, LaTrobe University; and additional advisors representing Europe and Australia.

Publication Details

For those who own the LGBT Studies in Video, the two collections are cross-searchable through a single interface. LGBT Thought and Culture is available worldwide through annual subscription or one-time purchase of perpetual rights, with prices scaled to institutional size and budget.