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Celebrate National Coming Out Day with this great free-to-access content!

In honor of #ComingOutDay on October 11th, we present the following titles edited by Katherine Crawford-Lackey and Megan E. Springate that emphasize the history and preservation of two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer settings in the United States.

In addition, Berghahn Journals is offering FREE access to relevant articles until October 18, 2023.

Winner of the 2020 UMW Center for Historic Preservation Book Prize!

Historic Preservation by and of LGBTQ Communities in the United States

“…a critical volume for educators, students, practitioners, and activists interested in preserving LGBTQ history at the local, state, and national levels. It is well worth securing this volume in addition to accessing the online NPS study; the editors have expertly assembled an engaging mix of essays here by leading practitioners in the field. Preservation and Place now sets the standard for the emerging field of LGBTQ historic preservation and it further represents an important foundation for the queer history practices to come in the new decade.” • History News

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Changing Labels and Intersectional Communities of LGBTQ and Two-Spirit People in the United States

With a focus on historic sites, this volume explores the recent history of non-heteronormative Americans from the early twentieth century onward and the places associated with these communities. Authors explore how queer identities are connected with specific places: places where people gather, socialize, protest, mourn, and celebrate. The focus is deeper look at how sexually variant and gender non-conforming Americans constructed identity, created communities, and fought to have rights recognized by the government. Each chapter is accompanied by prompts and activities that invite readers to think critically and immerse themselves in the subject matter while working collaboratively with others.

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A Thematic Approach to the Histories of LGBTQ Communities in the United States

“This is a very strong volume. Public historians committed to working with LGBTQ communities should consider getting their hands on all three volumes. Altogether, these books represent a stunning achievement in synthesizing cutting-edge scholarship on queer communities in the United States, placed within the very helpful context of thinking about historic preservation and interpretation. Many of the authors in Communities and Place are celebrated scholars with important monographs on queer history to their names. All of this combines to make a volume that is well worth your read, even if you already have consumed the essays in LGBTQ America.” • Public Historian

Read Chapter 1. Making Community: The Places and Spaces of LGBTQ Collective Identity Formation

Katherine Crawford-Lackey is a PhD candidate in public history at Middle Tennessee State University. She currently serves as a contractor with the National Park Service. Her research focuses on public commemoration and place-based history. She recently co-authored an article with Barbara Little, “Exploring American Places with the Discovery Journal: A Guide to Co-Creating Meaningful Interpretation” (The George Wright Forum).

Megan E. Springate works in the National Park Service Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation and Education. She currently serves as the National Coordinator for the 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration for the NPS. Her edited volume, LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (National Park Foundation and National Park Service, 2016) was awarded the 2018 Paul E. Buchanan Award by the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

Of Related Interest

Queer Activism in Italy and Anthropological Theory

Paolo Heywood

“The book offers a fascinating and insightful discussion on how queer activism’s anti-identitarian character itself constitutes a form of identity, a way for activists to agree on something…It is a valuable and provocative contribution to anthropology which raises important challenges for the discipline and for researchers, principally as regards the way in which they conceive of identity and difference both intellectually and in relation to their objects of research.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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German and Dutch Discourses of Queer Femininity and Female Desire, 1918–1940
Cyd Sturgess

Different from the Others is a synthetic and original study. The conceptualization is very sophisticated and the author’s ability to use sexological literature… and other print sources to address questions of identity are extremely compelling.” • Robert Beachy, Yonsei University

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Berghahn Journals

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, Berghahn Journals is offering free access to the following articles* until October 18 using code COMINGOUT. Redemption details here:

Becoming a Man: Trajectories of Young Gay Men in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Wendell Ferrari and Marcos Nascimento (Vol. 14, Issue 2)

Boyz2Men: Male Migrants’ Attitudes to Homosexuality and What Age Has To Do with It
Katarzyna Wojnicka (Vol. 13, Issue 2)

Queer Migration and the Performance of Crime and Illegality
Matthew Abbey (Vol. 11, Issue 1: Crime as Protest, Protest as Crime: Interdisciplinary Perspectives)

Special Issue:
 Feminist Comics in the Nordic Region—Queer, Humour and the Body (Vol. 15, Issue 1)

Anan D’Sageinan B’Shleimuta: A Theology of LGBTQ Integrity, Integration and Rabbinic Leadership
Shulamit Ambalu (Vol. 49, Issue 2)

Queer Jews Talking Their Way in
Rachel Adler (Vol. 49, Issue 2)

Talking My Way In: Reflections on the Journey of a Lesbian Feminist Queer Rabbi
Elli Tikvah Sarah (Vol. 49, Issue 2)

“Homosexual People Do Not Stand Outside of Socialist Society”: Eingaben and the History of Homosexuality in East Germany
Jason Johnson (Vol. 40, Issue 1)

LGBTI Rights and the 2017 German National Election
Louise K. Davidson-Schmich (Vol. 36, Issue 2)

Intersectional Feminism and Social Justice in Teen Vogue
Shara Crookston and Monica Klonowski (Vol. 14, Issue 3)

Ghostly Presences OUT THERE: Transgender Girls and Their Families in the Time of COVID
Sally Campbell Galman (Vol. 13, Issue 3)

Queer Girlhoods in Contemporary Comics: Disrupting Normative Notions
Mel Gibson (Vol. 13, Issue 1)

Special Issue: Queering Girlhood (Vol. 12, Issue 1)

Who (the) Girls and Boys Are: Gender Nonconformity in Middle-Grade Fiction
Michele Byers (Vol. 11, Issue 1)

Special Issue: Sex Across the Ages: Restoring Intergenerational Dynamics to Queer History (Vol. 46, Issue 1)

“Hot Guys” in Tel Aviv: Pride Tourism in Israel
Amit Kama and Yael Ram (Vol. 35, Issue 1)

Beyond the Body: Guillaume Dustan and the Poetics of Materialization
Michael Valinsky (Vol. 3, Issue 1)

Embracing a New Day: Exploring the Connections of Culture, Masculinities, Bodies, and Health for Gay Men through Photovoice
Phillip Joy, Matthew Numer, Sara F. L. Kirk, and Megan Aston (Vol. 2, Issue 2)

“Look at Me! I Can Change Your Tire”: Queer Female Masculinity in the Gym
Kristine Newhall (Vol. 2, Issue 2)

Beyond Binaries, Borders, and Boundaries: Mapping the City in John Rechy’s City of Night
Eir-Anne Edgar (Vol. 2, Issue 1)

Defiant Deviance and Franco-Moroccan Cinema’s Queer Representations of Masculinity
Lowry Martin (Vol. 1, Issue 1)

“Coaching” Queer: Hospitality and the Categorical Imperative of LGBTQ Asylum Seeking in Lebanon and Turkey
Aydan Greatrick (Vol. 2)

Embodied Liberation: The Female Reception of Oshima Nagisa’s International Co-Productions
Yuta Kaminishi (Vol. 6, Issue 2)

Special Section: Queer Sinofuturisms (Vol. 5, Issue 2)

Special Section: Screening Non-Binary and Trans Bodies (Vol. 5, Issue 1)

“The Theatricality of the Emulsion!”: Queerness, Tactility, and Abstraction in the Hand-Processed Films of Roger Jacoby
Benjamin Ogrodnik (Vol. 4, Issue 2)

Transitions Within Queer North African Cinema: Nouri Bouzid, Abdellah Taïa, and the Transnational Tourist
Walter S. Temple (Vol. 2, Issue 2)

Whose Club Is It Anyway?: The Problematic of Trans: Representation in Mainstream Films——“Rayon” and Dallas Buyers Club
Akkadia Ford (Vol. 1, Issue 2)

Requiem for a Waria: Piety and the Political Potentiality of Ironic Experience
Sylvia Tidey (Vol. 63, Issue 1)

Minority sexualities, kinship and non‐autological freedom in Montenegro
Čarna Brković (Vol. 29, Issue 2)

LGBT Refugees and the Visual Representation of Transnational Mobility
Ernst van der Wal (Vol. 10, Issue 2-3)

Queer Communion: Ron Athey
Amelia Jones (Vol. 1, Issue 1)

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