LGBTQ+ History Month: Getting Started

A guide to accompany displays and events during LGBTQ+ History Month

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King of Hearts

Based on observations and interviews with sixty Southern drag kings, this study reveals how they are challenging the region's gender norms while creating a unique community with its own distinctive Southern flair.

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And the Category Is...

What is Ballroom? It is an underground subculture founded over a century ago by LGBTQ African American and Latino men and women of Harlem.

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Before We Were Trans

Before We Were Trans illuminates the stories of people across the globe, from antiquity to the present, whose experiences of gender have defied binary categories.

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Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic

[...] a[n] account of the life of Gaétan Dugas, a gay man whose skin cancer diagnosis in 1980 took on very different meanings as the HIV/AIDS epidemic developed--and who received widespread posthumous infamy when he was incorrectly identified as patient zero of the North American outbreak.

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club

America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily.

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There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught... But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told.

What's in this guide?

This guide provides brief lists of books, databases, and other resources centered around LGBTQ+ history, with a special focus on drag performance.

Reading Lists

The Columbus State Library has a bunch of new LGBTQ+ books in fiction and nonfiction.

Library Resources

At the library, we also provide journals and databases that can be used for research. This page also has campus resources for staff and students.

Online Resources

Ohio has some pretty incredible LGBTQ+ history. Check out some cool stories and artefacts from Ohio (and beyond!).

Additional Information

If you need any extra help with using the library and its services, this tab has tips and contact information for people who can help.

Related Guides

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Past Events

2023 LGBTQ+ History Month Events


large purple graphic with white text advertising Dressing the Stage: A theatrical celebration of the history and art of drag performance



Dressing the Stage October 6

WD Ballroom 7pm

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National Coming Out Day October 11

Columbus Campus Courtyard from 11am - 2pm

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