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LGBTQ+ Studies: A Resource Guide

Publishing

Because LGBTQ+ materials have been widely censored, many earlier publications were self-published or the product of a small and niche publishing house. There are a number of books and resources which can help you find your way around LGBTQ+ specific publishers and publications.

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

List of LGBTQ+ Publishers

Early LGBTQ+ publishers and organizers worked creatively to get relevant books into the hands of anyone who wanted one. This included owning their own presses and putting out a number of unique publications dedicated to connecting readers to books.

Some examples include:

  • Cory Book Service (1951-1956)
  • Dorian Book Service (Published the Dorian Book Quarterly-excellent coverage of censorship & obscenity charge attempts)
  • Pan-Graphic Press (Private, owned by Mattachine members Call and Lucas. Pan-Graphic Press printed the Mattachine Review). Widely considered to be one of the first gay-owned small presses in the United States..

The following title links to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

This list is not comprehensive. It can be helpful to search by publisher, especially if you are searching broadly. To find additional titles, search the Library of Congress Online Catalog

  • Arno Press
  • Bold Strokes Books
  • Chelsea Station Editions
  • Cleis Press
  • Harrington Park Press

Many of these publishers are no longer publishing. However, it can be helpful to have a list of publishers past and present for the purposes of research. Lesbian publishers with holdings in the Library of Congress include:

  • Acacia Books (Berkely, CA)
  • Alyson Publications. Boston, MA.
  • Bella Books
  • Big Apple Dyke News (B.A.D. News). New York.

This list is not comprehensive. To find additional titles search the Library of Congress Online Catalog:

  • Chevalier Publications
  • Tri-Ess
  • Trans-Genre Press
  • Topside Press
  • Transgress Press