LGBT History Month

LGBT History month

In 1969, protesters took to the streets in Lower Manhattan in response to a police raid. These protests, lasting six days, would be dubbed as the Stonewall riots, the first major protest in U.S. history on behalf of LGBT rights. Photo: Public Domain Dedication.

This month, we celebrate LGBT History Month, a month set aside to remember throughout the year, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans whose many and varied contributions have enriched our national life.


Diversity Champ

Diversity Champion
Dr. stef shuster

Diversity Champions epitomize unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. They do this in their research and scholarly agenda, across our academic programs and at varying administrative levels. In short, “Diversity Champions” work to create a better future or world for all. Dr. stef shuster’s work in understanding transgender identity shows their contributions to recognizing LGBTQ+ communities for their distinctive gendered experiences and complexities.

Dr. stef shuster's research

Dr. stef shuster on LGBT history


Diversity Torch

Diversity Torch
Mircea Lazar

Diversity Torches celebrate our students who uphold a diversity value or ideal. As “Diversity Torches,” they provide light, guidance, and awareness to their fellow students and all who see them. Our “Torch” for this month is Mircea Lazar, a MSU Political Science PhD student. He is currently researching LGBTQ+ communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mircea Lazar's research

Mircea Lazar on LGBT history


Diversity spotlight

Diversity Spotlight
Dr. Kristen Prock

Our alumni have used their education to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in various theaters of public life. These visionary leaders have set the standard for DEI focused research/scholarship, developed successful strategies and programming, and serve as models of excellence in their workplaces and beyond. They deserve a “Spotlight” of recognition from the College that facilitated their growth as DEI thinkers and community contributors. This month, we “spotlight” Dr. Kristen Prock, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, who has demonstrated her commitment to LGBTQ+ communities through her scholarship on LGBTQ+ homeless youth.

Dr. Kristen Prock's research

Dr. Kristen Prock on LGBT history


Additional Resources

  • Academic Readings
    • Abramovich, Alex, & Shelton, Jama. (Eds.). (2017). Where am I going to go?: Intersectional approaches to ending LGBTQ2S youth homelessness in Canada & the US. Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press.

    • Arguello, Tyler. (2019). Queer social work: Cases for LGBTQ+ affirmative practice. Columbia University Press.

    • Bausum, Ann. (2016). Stonewall: Breaking out in the fight for gay rights. Penguin Random House.

    • Beauchamp, Toby. 2019. Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and US Surveillance practices. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

    • Bilodeau, Brent, L., & Renn, Kristen, A. (2005). Analysis of LGBT identity development models and implications for practice. New directions for student services, 111, 25-39.

    • Brooks, Adrian. (2015). The Right Side of History: 100 years of LGBTQ activism. Cleis Press Start.

    • Bronski, Micahel. (2011). A Queer History of the United States. Beacon Press.

    • Connell, Raewyn. 2012. "Transsexual women and feminist thought: Toward new understanding and new politics." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 37(4): 857-881.

    • Dentato, Michael, P. (Ed.). (2017). Social Work Practice with the LGBTQ Community: The Intersection of History, Health, Mental Health, and Policy Factors. Oxford University Press.

    • Forstein, M. (2013). AIDS: A History. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 17, 40-63.

    • Halperin, David M. (2012). How To Be Gay. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    • Irving, Dan. 2008. "Normalized transgressions: Legitimizing the transsexual body as productive." Radical History Review 100: 38-59.

    • Kattari, S. K., Kinney, M. K., Kattari, L., & Walls, N. E. (Eds.). (2020). Social Work and Health Care Practice with Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals and Communities: Voices for Equity, Inclusion, and Resilience. Routledge.

    • Meyerowitz, Joanne. (2009). How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

    • Rupp, Leila J., & Freeman, Susan K. (Eds.). (2014). Understanding and Teaching US Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History. University of Wisconsin Press

    • Snorton, Riley C. (2017). Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

    • Stone, Amy L., and Sarah Davis. (2019). LGBT Social Movements. Oxford University Press.

    • Valentine, David. (2007). Imagining Transgender: An Ethnography of a Category. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

    • Wilber, S., Caitlin, R., & Marksamer, J. (2006). CWLA Best Practice Guidelines: Serving LGBT Youth in Out of Home Care. Child Welfare League of America.

  • Non-Academic Printed Content
    • Chauncey, George. (1994). Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940. New York: Basic Books.

    • Clare, Eli. The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion. (2007). Homofactus Press.

    • Dawson, James. (2015). This Book is Gay. Sourcebooks, Inc.

    • Faderman, Lillian. (1991). Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-century America. New York: Penguin Books.

    • Feinberg, Leslie. (1997). Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman. Beacon Press.

    • Funk, Mason. (2019). The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes who Changed the World. Harper Collins.

    • Garbacik, Jaimee. & Lewis, Jeffrey. (2013). Gender & Sexuality for beginners. Steerforth Press.

    • Heger, Heinz. (1994). The Men with the Pink Triangle: The True Life-and-Death Story of Homosexuals in the Nazi Death Camps. Alyson Books.

    • Jones, Cleve. (2016). When We Rise: My Life in the Movement. Hachette Books.

    • Moraga, Cherríe (1983). Loving in the War Years. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

    • Reimer, Matthew & Brown, Leighton. (2019). We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation. Ten Speed Press.

    • Stryker, Susan. (2017). Transgender history: The Roots of Today’s Revolution (2nd Ed.). Seal Press.

    • Teich, Nicholas, M. (2012). Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue. Columbia University Press.

  • Media Content


Social Science PRIDE

At the College of Social Science, we take PRIDE in all of our students, faculty and staff! Learn more about the work our College is doing to transform the LGBTQ+ experience.