To celebrate LGBT History Month, which runs throughout February, the Library have created two LGBT-themed displays containing books, films and posters.
The collections can be found at both the Sydney Jones Library and the Harold Cohen Library. Each display contains a mix of materials and genres, from fiction to sociology and history to law.
Speaking about the LGBT displays, Micaela Chandler, the Customer Services Manager who runs the project, said: “We wanted to reflect the University’s commitment to LGBT and highlight our amazing collection – we have around 2,000,000 books in our libraries and hopefully these displays will grab your attention and get you reading outside your subject.”
The team from the Library have shared their top picks to give you a flavour of the items you can find in the collections:
Sam’s Top Pick from the LGBT display is Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
“A memoir in graphic novel form, Fun Home is a coming-of-age story that explores the author’s relationship with her father, a mysterious man full of contradictions. As she leaves for college and discovers her own sexuality, Bechdel begins to understand more about the similarities between her own life and his.
“The Bechdel Test was named after this writer, who created it in order to show how women are marginalised in fiction. The test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women or girls who talk to each other about something other than a man or boy. It is speculated only half of all films pass this test.”
Anna’s Top Pick from the LGBT display is The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
“This is just a delicious read. I read it for the first time in a single afternoon and then turned straight back to the first page and started again. I still dip into it from time to time and reread my favourite passages – it’s a bit like dipping into a literary box of chocolates. Yummy.”
Jack’s Top Pick from the LGBT display is City of Night by John Rechy
“I chose John Rechy’s book as it is a fascinating look at the nightlife of 1960s America, told from the perspective of a hustler. From Times Square to the French Quarter, readers really get a feel for the places and people of the era. The book inspired the ‘City of Night’ line in The Doors’ song ‘L.A Woman’, and also was a big influence on Gus Van Sant when writing ‘My Own Private Idaho’.”
If you visit the displays, you’ll also find information about LGBT History Month and information on a number of influential LGBT figures.
In March, the team are planning to create a collection for the Man Booker Prize. If you’d like to find out more about the themed displays at the Library, please contact Micaela Chandler.