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Resources in the Vancouver Island University Library

Click on the links below for complete lists of resources on GLBT topics in the Vancouver Island University Library.

Periodical articles on LGBTQ+ topics can be accessed via many of the Library’s online journal article indexes. While anyone can use these resources on campus, license agreements restrict off-campus access to VIU students and employees. For assistance in using article indexes, contact a Reference Librarian: in person at the Nanaimo Campus Library Reference Desk; by telephone at 740-6151; or click on the Ask a Librarian button on the Library’s homepage, and fill in the online form.

The following Library resources, just a few of the over 300 LGBTQ+ titles available in the VIU Library, provide useful background for individuals interested in the Positive Space campaign. To get more details on anything in this list, including location and availability, click on the title. Note that Reference books do not circulate. If an item you want is at another campus library, you can use the online Request feature to have it sent to your home campus library. (Distance students, please see the instructions on the Library’s Distance Services page).

Alderson, Kevin. Beyond Coming Out: Experiences of Positive Gay Identity. Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2000.
“ In interviews with sixteen gay men, ages 16 to 61, who have learned to celebrate their homosexuality, Alderson reveals that there are definite patterns to the development of a positive gay identity. His subjects…have very different lifestyles but have all achieved a positive image of themselves as gay men in society, despite their individual hurdles.”—Cover.

Berzon, Betty. Setting Them Straight: You Can Do Something about Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life. New York: Penguin, 1996.
“ The author provides a unique battle plan for confronting discrimination, whether it comes from strangers or beloved friends and family. Understanding why people hate, the origins of prejudice, how to channel anger, the answers to the rhetoric of bigotry, and how to prevail in homophobic encounters are all a part of Dr. Berzon’s discussion.”—Preface.

Hogan, Steve, and Lee Hudson. Completely Queer: the Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia. New York: Henry Holt, 1998.
“ A concise and balanced guide to the history, people, places, and ideas important to lesbian and gay communities worldwide. It features a detailed chronology, quotes, little-known facts, reading lists, useful tables, and includes more than 250 photos and illustrations.”—Cover.

Honored by the Moon. New York: Women Make Movies, 1990.
In this film, Native American gays and lesbians reflect upon their sexual orientation.

Rothblum, Esther D., and Lynne A. Bond, eds. Preventing Heterosexism and Homophobia. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1996.
“ The contributors to this informative volume propose methods geared to the elimination of the heterosexual bias in various settings--health care, therapy, communities, corporate America, and education. Ultimately, this book examines both the risks and joys of being gay, lesbian, and bisexual, and how to prevent heterosexism and its effects on the lives of all people, including those of heterosexuals.”—Cover.

Sanno, Ronni L., ed. Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender College Students: a Handbook for Faculty and Administrators. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998.
“ This handbook is intended for faculty and administrators who wish to create a welcoming and safe environment for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students on our campuses. It will help readers, even those who may struggle personally with understanding non-heterosexual identities, gain a clearer understanding of the important issues facing these students. Non-heterosexual faculty and staff may also find this work useful as they attempt to discover themselves in academic and educational literature.”—Cover.

Sears, James T., and Walter L. Williams, eds. Overcoming Heterosexism and Homophobia: Strategies that Work. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.
“ Providing strategies that can be adopted by educators, counselors, community activists and leaders, and those working in the lesbian and gay community, the contributors discuss role-playing exercises, suggestions for beginning a dialogue, methods of "coming out" effectively to family members and coworkers, and outlines for workshops.”—Cover.