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LGBTQ+ Resources

Every June, since the Stonewall Riots in 1969, we celebrate Pride Month and recognise the work to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community. As well as being a time to celebrate, it's also a time to educate and raise awareness of issues still affecting the community. 

We asked our members to help us compile a list of resources; everything from books and podcasts, to films and music! This is not an exhaustive list, but these resources have helped members within the community (or just things they’ve enjoyed!), and also educated and informed allies. 

We’ve also included some organisations and charities that can offer support. 

We will keep this list of resources up to date, and if you have any suggestions please feel free to reach out to us! 

Imperial College Union 

Each year at the Union, our members vote to elect an LGBT Officer to represent the views of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students, as well as working on campaigns on issues which affect them. You can contact them on icu-lgbt@imperial.ac.uk. You can also reach out to the Deputy President (Welfare) at dpw@imperial.ac.uk

Books

   Under the Udala TreesChinelo Okparanta

Under the Udala Trees is a novel by Nigerian-American author Chinelo Okparanta written in 2015. It is set in 1960s Nigeria and follows the story of Ijeoma, a girl growing up in war-torn Nigeria who must come terms to term with her sexuality and the conflict this presents in society. 

   All Boys Aren’t Blue, George M. Johnson 

All Boys Aren't Blue is Johnson's memoir-manifesto; designed to encourage queer black boys to uncrate the layers of their masculinity and racialized existence. 

   Pet, Akwaeke Emezi 

In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices a young person can make when the adults around them are in denial. 

  Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo 

This book follows the lives of 12 characters in the United Kingdom over the course of several decades. The novel explores how race, sexuality, gender, history and economic stratification intersect to define the experiences of the women in the novel.

    Felix Ever After, Kacen Callender

A revelatory novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time. 

  The Black Flamingo, Dean Atta 

A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo.

  The Memory Project, Andrew C. Youngson 

A compelling story that challenges gender stereotypes, champions LGBTQ+ rights and explores how the past and present can so easily fold in on each other.  

 Sissy, Jacob Tobia 

A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it’s like to grow up not sure if you’re (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above. 

  Tomorrow Will Be Different, Sarah McBride

A timely and captivating memoir about gender identity set against the backdrop of the transgender equality movement, by a leading activist and the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. 

  We are Everywhere, Matthew Riemer & Leighton Brown

Through the lens of pride, protest, and progress, We Are Everywhere is a visual record and celebration of LGBTQ+ identity, life, modern history, and the queer liberation movement. 

Podcasts

Making Gay History  Nancy 
LGBTQ&A  To L And Back 
Black Queer Love  #QueerAF 
Queersplaining  Queery 
Black Radical Queer  AfroQueer 


TV Shows/Films: 

  Pose

Set in the 1980s, 'Pose' is a dance musical that explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, and the downtown social and literary scene. Click here for more info

  The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson 

Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. Using archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson's family, friends and fellow activists. Click here for more info.

  Paris is Burning

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. Click here for more info.

  Disclosure

An in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stories on transgender lives and American culture. Click here for more info.

  Pariah

A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. Click here for more info.

  Punks

The tale of 4 gay African-American friends in Los Angeles. Click here for more info.

   The Handmaiden

With help from an orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri), a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an elaborate plot to seduce and bilk a Japanese woman (Kim Min-hee) out of her inheritance. Click here for more info.

  Mississippi Damned

The film follows the lives of three young African Americans finding their way in the world as they suffer from suffocating cycles of abuse, molestation, addiction and poverty. Leigh, an out lesbian teen, has an unhealthy and long obsession with her ex-girlfriend.  Click here for more info.

   Pride

UK gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. Click here for more info.

  The Watermelon Woman

A young black lesbian filmmaker probes into the life of The Watermelon Woman, a 1930s black actress who played 'mammy' archetypes. Click here for more info.

 Milk

The story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. Click here for more info.

Support Resources 

Some of the below organisations may be helpful to those who identify as LGBTQ+ or anyone interested in exploring LGBTQ+ issues and identities.  

  • Switchboard: An LGBTQ+ helpline based in London that can take calls from anywhere in the UK, available 10am to 11pm. Find out more about Switchboard. 
  • Bi.org: A resource listing a variety of community and support organisations for bisexual people.Visit Bi.org. 
  • Gendered Intelligence: A not-for-profit organisation aiming to increase understanding of gender diversity, which runs youth groups and a mentoring scheme for trans people aged 13 to 25. Find out more about Gendered Intelligence. 
  • IMMAN: A peer support group for LGBTQ+ muslims that aims to help reconcile faith with sexuality and gender identity. Find out more about IMMAN. 
  • London Friend: The UK's oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans charity, supporting the health and mental wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community in and around London. Find out more about London Friend. 
  • LGBT Foundation: Advice, support and information for LGBTQ+ people.Find out more about the LGBT Foundation. 
  • Queer Youth Network: The UK's alliance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other gender/sexual minority young people. Find out more about the Queer Youth Network. 
  • RUComingOut: A website featuring real-life coming out stories from lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. Find out more about RUComingOut. 
  • Stonewall: A nationwide LGBTQ+ rights charity, offering help and advice (if you are an international student, Stonewall can also connect you to LGBTQ+ groups and support in your home country). Find out more about Stonewall. 
  • Transgender Support Groups: An international directory of support groups for trans individuals and their families in multiple cities across 16 countries. Find out more about Transgender Support Groups.