New Zine Collection

The GLBT Library is proud to debut the new zine collection! These new materials in the library offer an intimate and alternative voice from the queer community.

What are zines?
Zines are self-published, low-circulating works that include both text and image. The term is an abbreviation of “fanzine” or “magazine” and is unlimited in the scope of its contents. Zines can include poetry and prose, political commentary, photography, drawings, collages, and just about anything else.

Our new zine collection!
Our new zine collection!
Though Thomas Paine’s Common Sense (1775) has been cited as a precursor, modern zines have a stronger connection to DIY (do-it-yourself) cultures. Because of this, zine creators are often interested in topics such as social justice, feminism, sexuality, media, and identity, among others.

Since zines have no standard format (often made my photocopies, appropriation, and staples), essentially anyone can make one. This offers the possibility of disseminating an alternative democratic voice, free from censorship by major publishing companies. Queer folks, historically oppressed by mainstream authorities, have taken advantage of this medium as a platform for sharing their beliefs and experiences.

Since zines are typically limited in their number of copies, the GLBT Library’s collection will be non-circulating. This policy is to ensure the preservation of these rare items and to offer everyone the opportunity to check them out. If you’re interested in photocopying the zines or borrowing them for a presentation, please consult the GLBT Library Coordinator to make arrangements at glbtlib@indiana.edu.

We’ll be featuring new zines on our Twitter, so be sure to follow us @GLBTlibrary!

The GLBT Library is currently working on some programs in conjunction with the “inauguration” of this collection — stay tuned! (Especially if you’re interested in making zines!)

Celebrate Halloween with Some Spooky Reads

halloweenGet ready for a fright, folks! I’ve gathered our some of our best spooky reads to get you in the spirit for Halloween!

1590212398.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Queer Hauntings: True Tales of Gay & Lesbian Ghosts
by Ken Summers
An exclusive collection of eerie locales worldwide with a queer bent. This guidebook combines historical fact and unearthly encounters from across the United States, as well as around the globe.
The stories range from the serious, from brutal murders in rural Georgia, to the light-hearted, including the male spirit who enjoys unzipping men’s trousers at a British pub. Ghosts of legendary celebrities intermingle with ordinary individuals. Along with these queer spirits are many businesses, either gay-owned or catering to a gay/lesbian clientele, experiencing hauntings.

1573440124.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_A Ghost in the Closet: A Nancy Clue and Hardly Boys Mystery
by Mabel Maney
With their fearless crime-fighting, good manners, and manly fashion sense, the Hardly boys are the pride of Feyport, Illinois. In A Ghost in the Closet, dark-haired, muscular Frank and his lovable kid brother Joe return from a gay trip to Europe to find that their parents — world-famous detective Fennel P. Hardly and his wife, Mrs. Hardly — have been kidnapped! Even worse, so have six poodles from the Lake Merrimen Dog Show! Pals Nancy Clue, Cherry Aimless, R.N., and Police Detective Jackie Jones help the Hardly boys track down the criminals — and in the meantime, pick up useful tips on fingerprinting, evidence retrieval, and the laundering of sporty twill slacks.

1551522519.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire
Edited by Amber Dawn
Fist of the Spider Woman is a revelatory anthology of horror stories by queer and transgressive women and others that disrupts reality as queer women know it, instilling both fear and arousal while turning traditional horror iconography on its head.
In this collection, horror (including gothic, noir, and speculative writing) is defined as that which both titillates and terrorizes, forcing readers to confront who they are.
Subversive, witty, sexy—and scary—Fist of the Spider Woman poses two questions: “What do queer women fear the most?” and “What do queer women desire the most?”

1555839746.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Triptych of Terror: Three Chilling Tales by the Masters of Gay Horror
by John Michael Curlovich, David Thomas Lord, and Michael Rowe
Combining the storytelling talents of three modern masters of gay horror, Triptych of Terror invites readers into a night of mystery and intrigue, the very time when the fabric of time and space separating the world of the living and the dead is forgotten. A night called Halloween.
The stories involve a televangelist who attempts to reclaim Halloween by banishing a closeted minister to a haunted church, a bullied teen who turns to the occult to protect him from harassment, and a man who’s Celtic background may not be enough to save him from the temptation of one of the fairy folk.

Book of the Week – First Spring Grass Fire

spoonTransgender indie singer-songwriter Rae Spoon’s first novel is memoir-esque in its intimacy and candidness, and with its powerful revelations of a life.  The young narrator grows up queer in the urban wilds of Calgary, in a conservative Christian family headed by a violent and ill father.  The voice is plain-spoken and poetic, with an often devastating understanding of the outsider’s life: “I couldn’t run away from home in a city that was so expansive and cold.  You could run for half an hour and not even get to the end of your neighbourhood, and all of the neighbourhoods looked the same, so it didn’t really feel like escaping at all.”

While the story is full of struggle, both internal and external, it nevertheless offers glimmers of hope, a possibility of a better and bigger life.  Here, there are Nirvana songs, religious revivals, Bible verses, tragic losses, first loves, and mountains both real and metaphorical.  A coming-of-age book whose protagonist smolders quietly and then becomes a flame.

Book of the Week – Gay Pride: A Celebration of All Things Gay & Lesbian

Rainbow Flag

It’s Pride month! A time when festivals, parades, and rainbow-themed events are happening in almost every city in the US.

But what do LGBTQIA* individuals have to be proud about? You mean besides the fact that they embraced their identity despite the current social climate and the possibility of discrimination? Well you might want to take a look at Gay Pride: A Celebration of All Things Gay & Lesbian, then.

Gay Pride Book Cover

From the ancient Greeks to San Francisco, from Alan Turing to the LGBT ally next door, this book sings the praises of the queer pioneers, past and present, who have made the world a braver, bolder, and better place–for everyone!