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LGBTQIA+ Community

LMU celebrates the community during June Pride Month and throughout the year.

This community hub is an expression of LMU’s commitment to celebrating the diverse perspectives and myriad contributions of the LGBTQIA+ members of our community. We intend for it to be an ongoing space for sharing resources and uplifting important events in the LGBTQIA+ community at LMU and beyond. Please email dei@lmu.edu if there is anything you would like to add to this site.

Recommended Reads

The librarians and staff of the William H. Hannon Library have curated the following recommended books for celebrating and/or learning. Want to explore more titles? Check out the full list at LMU Library Staff Picks.

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LGBTQ Fiction & Poetry from Appalachia

Edited by Jeff Mann & Julia Watts

This collection confronts the problematic and complex intersections of place, family, sexuality, gender, and religion with which LGBTQ Appalachians often grapple.


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Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology

Edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson

A collection of 16 essays that examines the productive intersection of the fields of black and queer studies.

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The Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History & Handbook

By Ashley Molesso

This colorful digest is a keepsake honoring LGBT+ people and the ongoing fight to gain--and maintain--equality for all.

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Queer Religion

Edited by Donald L. Boisvert and Jay Emerson Johnson

This ground-breaking and eye-opening book examines the intersections of religion and same-sex desire, from St. Augustine to Hinduism to contemporary LGBT and queer culture.

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Angelwings: Contemporary Queer Fiction from Taiwan

Translated by Fran Martin

Lesbian and gay--or queer--fiction (known in Mandarin as tongzhi wenxue) constitutes a major contribution to Taiwanese literature, as evidenced by the remarkable number of prestigious literary awards won by many of the authors of the short stories presented here.



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Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices

Edited by Kevin Manders and Elizabeth Marston

Shining a light on a new generation of Buddhist role models, this book gives voice to those who have long been marginalized within the Buddhist world and society at large.



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My Desire for History: Essays in Gay, Community, and Labor History

by Allan Bérubé

This anthology pays tribute to Allan Berube (1946-2007), a self-taught historian and MacArthur Fellow who was a pioneer in the study of lesbian and gay history in the United States.

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Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution

by Evan Gerstmann

In 2015 the Supreme Court made history by ruling that the constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to get married. The third edition of perhaps the most influential book on the subject explains the Court's reasoning and what the consequences of the decision have been.

Faculty Publications

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Happier as a Woman

by Martina Giselle Ramirez, Director of the LMU Center for Teaching Excellence and Professor of Biology

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Kill Daddy: Reproduction, Futurity, and the Survival of the Radical Feminist

by Mairead Sullivan, assistant professor of Women's and Gender Studies
published in Women's Studies Quarterly

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Decolonize the Syllabus

by Jae Williams, assistant professor of African American Studies

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Marriage Restriction Amendments and the Same-Sex Marriage Debate: The Social, Psychological, and Policy Implications

A scholarly journal edited by Assistant Professor of Psychology Adam W. Fingerhut, Ellen D. B. Riggle, and Sharon Scales Rostosky.



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Parallax: ReVisioning Queer and Trans People of Color in Photography

A panel discussion featuring visual journalist and Assistant Professor of Journalism Tara Pixley, Gabriel Garcia Roman, and Ka-Man Tse, Mengwen Cao.


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Identity Achievement, Affirmation and Psychological Well-Being among Ethnic and Sexual Minority Individuals

by Negin Ghavami, Adam W. Fingerhut, Letitia A. Peplau, Sheila K. Grant, and Michele A. Wittig
pubilshed in Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

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Toward Abolitionist Genealogy

by Andrew Dilts, associate professor of Political Science and International Relations
published in The Southern Journal of Philosophy

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Justice as Failure

by Andrew Dilts, associate professor of Political Science and International Relations
published in Law, Culture and the Humanities

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Lesbian Death: Desire and Danger between Feminist and Queer

by Mairead Sullivan, associate professor of Women's & Gender Studies
published in The University of Minnesota Press



Women's and Gender Studies Department

Women's and Gender Studies at LMU engages students in a critical understanding of the complex ways gender shapes the world around them, particularly in relation to race, sexuality, class, and other social factors.

Women's and Gender Studies invites all students to participate in a vibrant interdisciplinary program of study that places women at the center of traditional disciplines. It encourages the critical examination of academic fields such as the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts as well as the gendered assumptions that underwrite them.

Their mission is to foster a vigorous intellectual environment where students can develop their analytical thinking skills and conceptual tools for social change.

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