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LGBTQIA+ Studies: A Resource Guide


This page provides search strategies and a selection of recommended resources related to LGBTQ+ Activism.

Browse the Library of Congress Online Catalog to locate relevant materials by subject or use the following terms and names of individuals to search by keyword:

Organizations and activist groups

  • Asian Lesbians of New York
  • Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance
  • Furies (Washington, D.C.)
  • ACT UP.
  • Gay activists.
  • Gay liberation movement
  • Gay rights.
  • Mattachine Society.
  • Queens Liberation Front, Formed October 31, 1969
  • Salsa Soul Sisters
  • Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.)
  • Transsexual/Transvestite Action Organization (TAO) founded by Angela Douglas
  • Transvestites and Transsexuals (TAT), 1970
  • Transsexuals Anonymous, formed 1971

Activist name or pseudonym

  • Angela K. Douglas
  • Jeanne Cordova
  • Beth Elliott
  • Lee Brewster
  • Marsha P. Johnson
  • Sylvia Rivera

Historical Events

  • Black Cat Raid, Los Angeles, California, 1967
  • Black Night Brawl, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 5, 1961
  • Compton's Cafeteria Raid, San Francisco, 1966
  • Coopers Do-Nut Raid, Los Angeles 1959
  • Pepper Hill Club Raid, Baltimore, Maryland in 1955. Over 162 people arrested.
  • Stonewall Uprising, New York City, 1969

The following links provide access to primary sources available from various repositories available both online and in print related to LGBTQ+ activism.

The following collection titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links for additional online content, including finding aids for the collections, are provided when available.

FBI documents related to early LGBTQ+ activism are now available through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 

Statement from the FBI FOIA Vault: The FBI’s FOIA Library contains many files of public interest and historical value. In compliance with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) requirements, some of these records are no longer in the physical possession of the FBI, eliminating the FBI’s capability to re-review and/or re-process this material. Please note, that the information found in these files may no longer reflect the current beliefs, positions, opinions, or policies currently held by the FBI.

There have been many incidents in which police interaction with LGBTQ+ communities has resulted in violence, and in response, protest.

Browse the Library of Congress Online Catalog to locate relevant materials by subject:

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