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Women’s Center Monthly Reading List

The Women’s Center has curated a monthly reading list to showcase the importance of literature and the transformative power of the written word. This list will include theoretical text, fictional novels, non fiction books and articles. Skim through our list and let us know your favorite piece! Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

February’s reading list is in honor of Black History Month. This book list is designed to highlight the history and contributions of Black womxn/femmes, queer, and trans identified folks.


  • Brother to Brother: New Writings By Gay Black Men edited by Essex Hemphill
  • Under The Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
  • Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton
  • Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History by E. Patrick Johnson
  •  Women in Black History: Stories of Courage, Faith, and Resilience by Tricia Williams Jackson
  •  “Resist To Live: Personal Essays on Living As Black, Transgender, and Queer in America” by Alexx Andersen
  • “The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense” by Kara Keeling
  • “The Black Unicorn: Poems” by Audre Lorde
  • “Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States” by Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock
  • “Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance (Blacks in the Diaspora)” by A.B. Christa Schwarz


  • “Overlooked Obituaries – Marsha P. Johnson”
  • “The Movement And The Future: There Is No Black History Or Black Civil Rights Without Black LGBTQ”
  •  “Erasing Queens of Color to Make a Profit: The Historical Racism of Drag Culture”
  • “24 Black LGBTQ+ Activists Who Changed The World”
  •  “The unsung heroes of the civil rights movement are black women you’ve never heard of”
  • “The political rebellion of being black and non-binary”