Monday, 8 February 2016

Celebrating LGBT History month - our favourite academic resources

February is LGBT History month. In 2016 the theme is Religion, Belief and Philosophy
 In the first of our special postings. Find out events on the official website as well as some useful lesson plans for educators.

 Here are some good starting points for finding recommended resources for academic research.

Continuing discrimination

On of the aims of LGBT history month is to combat continuing homophobia and discrimination
OutRight -  formerly known as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission works to campaign against this on an international scale. The documentation section of its website has reports on the situation from around the world. These include reports made to the United Nations

ILGA - International lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex association has weekly international news monitoring round 2015 it produced a map of lesbian and gay rights in Africa, in Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. 
 Amnesty International has an LGBTI section with recent news and reports

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights collects data and seeks to combat all forms of homophobia. Its website provides access to reports and information on projects.
United Nations reports by the High Commissioner on Human Rights . include the 2015 general assembly report. High Commissioner's report to the Human Rights Council on discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity (May 2015) - A/HRC/29/23

 For the UK- Stonewall produces a workplace equality index which produces an annual ranking of LGBT workplace equality.It also publishes research on homophobic crime, discrimination and attitudes.

Favourite digital Archive

Wearing Gay History
a digital archive of American LGBT t-shirts. created by  Doctoral student Eric Gonzaba who digitized the entire t-shirt collection of the Chris Gonzalez Library and Archives in Indiana 
T-shirts have been used to express gay identity, politics and pride as well as fashion. There are current 6 exhibitions including gay pride 
alternatively  browse the t-shirt map! 

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