February is LGBT History Month and to join in the celebration we thought we’d highlight some items in our collections…


We hold several works of fiction on LGBT related themes across our libraries.

“Welsh Boys Too” written by Stonewall Award winning Welsh author John Sam Jones is a collection of eight short stories about how Welshmen of various ages come to terms with being gay.  We also hold “Fishboys of Vernazza” by the same author.

The themes of religion and same sex love are explored in “Oranges are not the only fruit”, a semi-autobiographical coming of age novel by Jeanette Winterson.  We also hold several other novels by the same author including “The world and other places”.  You will find them on level 1 West of the Singleton Park Library at PR6073.I558.

Works by other authors writing on LGBT themes held at the Singleton Park Library include Sarah Waters’ novels at PR6073.A828, these include “Tipping the velvet” and “The night watch”.  Alice Walker’s works, including “The Color Purple” are at PS3573.A425. Alan Hollinghurst’s novel “The line of beauty” can be found at PR6058.O4515 L56 2004.


Books held in the Singleton Park Library on the theme of LGBT history include “The rise of a gay and lesbian movement” by Barry D Adam at HQ76.5 ADA, “Not a passing phase : reclaiming lesbians in history 1840-1985” by the Lesbian History Group HQ75.5 LES and “Transgender warriors : making history from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman” by Leslie Feinberg HQ77.9 .F44 1996.


We also hold ebooks on LGBT related themes including “Transgender voices beyond women and men” by Lori B Girshick and “Gay and lesbian elders history, law, and identity politics in the United States” by Nancy J Knauer.


You will find a selection of DVDs including films and TV series on LGBT related themes in our libraries. These include “Pride”, “Brokeback Mountain” and “My beautiful laundrette”.


Online journals on LGBT related themes that we have access to include “Gay Community News”, “Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide” and “Transgender Studies Quarterly”.  Print journals held in our libraries include “GLQ : a journal of lesbian and gay studies”  which you will find at HQ1.G46 in the Singleton Park Library.

You will find further reading on the LGBT reading list that we have put together.  On the right hand side you will see that you can apply filters e.g. you can limit your results to fiction, history, films, TV series etc..  If the book you are interested in isn’t available in your campus library, you can sign in to iFind and Request that it is sent for you. This is just a selection of the resources we have to offer. You can find more by searching iFind or browsing the library shelves.  Ask the staff at the information desk if you need help with your search or you can email us at library@swansea.ac.uk.


January 31st, 2017

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