Reading List

A reading list to queer your life every day!

Books

History:

  • A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
  • Stonewall by David Carter
  • Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History by Neil Miller
  • Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • Queer America: A People’s GLBT History of the United States by Vicki L. Eaklor
  • Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice by Alia Malek

Theory/Philosophy:

  • The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  • The History of Sexuality (all volumes) by Michel Foucault
  • Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  • Epistemology of the Closet by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
  • One Hundred Years of Homosexuality by David Halperin
  • Queer Social Philosophy by Randall Halle
  • The Social Construction of Sexualityby Steven Seidman
  • Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality by Gayle Salamon
  • Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
  • Anarcha-Feminisms by The Institute for Anarchist Studies

Politics/Life:

  • Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion by Ryan Conrad
  • That’s Revolting: Strategies for Resisting Assimilation by Matilda Bernstein Sycamore
  • Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive by Julia Serrano
  • Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law by Dean Spade
  • Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith
  • Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Mogul, Ritchie, and Whitlock
  • Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation by Beth E. Richie
  • Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis
  • Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture by Angela Y. Davis
  • Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire by Deric Shannon et al.
  • Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class are Undermining the American Dream by Sheryll Cashin
  • Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement by Jennifer Patterson
  • Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein
  • Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman
  • Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security by Todd Miller
  • #NewsFail by Jamie Kilstein & Allison Kilkenny
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate by Naomi Klein
  • The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
  • Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work by Melissa Gira Grant
  • Civil Resistance & Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present by Adam Roberts & Timothy Garton Ash
  • The Search for a Nonviolent Future by Nichael N. Nagler

Essays

  • “Combahee River Collective Statement” by Combahee River Collective
  • “Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression” by bell hooks
  • “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory” by Judith Butler
  • “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?” by Cathy J. Cohen

Poetry

Poets (all of their work):

  • Audre Lorde
  • Maya Angelou
  • DarkMatter
  • Andrea Gibson
  • Ollie Schminkey
  • Sierra Demulder

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