LGBTQ Women’s Herstory Resources

People regularly ask me about accessing LGBTQ women’s herstory when I talk to them about the project, because it can be challenging to find good accounts of queer history, particularly when it comes to female-identified folks. So I’m listing some of the best sources that I have come to know through my own research for this project, as well as through the queer communities that I am a part of.

Digital Transgender Archives

June Mazer Lesbian Archives

Lesbian Herstory Archives

Madeline Davis Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Archives of Western New York

NYC Trans Oral History Project

ONE Archives

Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History


Printed Matter

Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis

Lillian Faderman’s Books

Mr Elvis’ Zines

Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence by Christine Handhardt

Shawnta Smith’s Zines

Transgender History by Susan Stryker


If you know of resources that aren’t listed here that have great resources focused specifically on LGBTQ women’s comunities, please use the contact form on my website to let me know about it so I can keep adding to this list.

Also, be sure to check out my ever-evolving list of related documentaries that you should check out.

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