Queer Times: Accessible, fluidly written and fascinating LGBT+ History.

By Gay's The Word

By Gay's The Word

A election of engaging, informative and enjoyable-to-read LGBT+ history books...

Not Guilty: Queer Stories from a Century of Discrimination

Sue Elliott and Steve Humphries

£12.99 £12.08

We love this. The authentic voices of oral history combined with incisive, compelling narration.

Sapphistries: A Global History of Love between Women

Leila J. Rupp

£20.99 £19.52

'Every decade or so, a brave thinker makes an attempt to chart the historical maps of women loving women. Rupp's contribution is perhaps one of the most elegant and interesting-making up for the lapses of the past, Sapphistries sails an international course, giving us a rich mix of historical sources and an even richer gift of asking questions at just the right places.' -Joan Nestle

Good As You: From Prejudice to Pride - 30 Years of Gay Britain

Paul Flynn

£12.99 £12.08

An insightful, energetic and engaging new book about the last 30 years of gay British social history. Avoiding the pitfalls of some of the drier LGBT non-fiction titles out there, Good As You is a fascinating, documentary-style political, popular-culture account of just how far we have come in a relatively short period, that people will genuinely enjoy reading. From pop to soap, from the clubs to the meida, Flynn charts the tapestry of incremental changes that brought the gay community from a place of widespread derision, through the fear and trauma of AIDS, and along the continuing road to equality, climaxing in the passing of same sex marriage. Sections include Manchester’s self-selection as Britain’s gay capital and the real-time romance of Elton John and David Furnish’s eventual marriage. Includes candid interviews with Kylie, Russell T Davies, Will Young, Holly Johnson and Lord Chris Smith, as well as the relative unknowns crucial to the gay community, Paul Flynn deftly explores how an unlikely group of bedfellows fought for equality both front of stage and in the wings.

Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity

Robert Beachy

£12.99 £12.08

Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity is another in-store bestseller here at Gay's the Word. 'A superb work of historical reclamation-by far the best account we have of the formative years of homosexual identity and emancipation, it is brilliantly researched and beautifully written.' -Martin Duberman

A Little Gay History of Wales

Daryl Leeworthy


'Despite its title, this is a big book - big on ideas, analysis, and empathy, and big on tracing the lived experience of gay people in Wales. An excellent read, it is a major achievement that deserves to be widely circulated and absorbed.' -Jeffrey Weeks

Sex in the Archives: Writing American Sexual Histories

Barry Reay


A fascinating, surprising and accessible academic odyssey into the annals of desire. Discover the extraordinary secrets of the American sex archives, including the Kinsey Institute's erotic art, gay masturbatory journals in the New York Public Library, the private archive of an amateur pornographer and one man's lifetime photographic dossier on Baltimore hustlers. Shedding new light on American sexual history this is a revealing insight into sex and the social politics of archivism. Glorious, erudite smut.

Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World

Gregory Woods


'Woods is a born storyteller, and he tells the story of the interlocking, international gay and lesbian networks in an unflaggingly lively way. This is a book that needs to be published.' -David Bergman

Gay in the 80s: From Fighting our Rights to Fighting for our Lives

Colin Clews

£14.99 £13.94

An informed, insider perspective on a pivotal ear in queer history. The 1980s heralded many challenges for LGBT people around the world and Colin Clews examines these in his new book. These included the rise of the New Right in the USA, Section 28 which prohibited the promotion of homosexuality; the trial of Gay's the Word bookshop in the UK and the continuing criminalisation of homosexuality in the majority of Australian states. Underpinning all of this was the unfolding of the AIDS crisis: a time when LGBT people realised that they were no longer simply fighting for their rights but, quite literally, fighting for their lives.

Trans Britain: Our Journey from the Shadows

£9.99 £9.29

'A vital record of how we got to where we are. Inspirational.' - Paris Lees 'Profound, quite, agitated and deeply moving.' - Lord Michael Cashman

Queer: A Graphic History

Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele

£13.99 £13.01

Queer: A Graphic History is an illuminating and engaging non-fiction graphic history of queer theory, identity, activism, gender and the politics of privilege and exclusion. If that sounds a bit dull, it isn’t; this book genuinely liberates your thinking about your way of thinking. This clarifying and even-handed guide outlines key concepts and theorists, such as Alfred Kinsey, Michel Foucault and Judith Butler. Queer also reveals a number of fascinating links, like the connection between queer theory and the early black feminist movement, and helps contextualise any background knowledge you may already have in simple to understand points. And for those of us who are slightly less dextrously minded, there are lots of pictures. Read this and before you know it you’ll be up there subverting the homonormative binary with the best of them.

Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars

Stephen Bourne


Published on the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality this revealing history of wartime Britain brings into focus the stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and on the home front during the world wars. Men who were battling on more than one front; their adversaries across the battlefield and the prospect of being court-marshalled once they returned should their homosexuality be discovered. These moving, touching, often funny and inspiring biographical portraits of these servicemen are a testament to the extraordinary bravery, sacrifice and honour shown by the largely unrecognised queer men who fought for their country. Many were heroes, famed for their resilience and bravery. From diary accounts of love and courage in Blitzed-out London to secret wartime affairs, from hook-ups in the lower bar of the Ritz in Piccadilly to relationships formed in POW camps, there is a wealth of absorbing material here. Also features the work of codebreaker Alan Turing, composer Ivor Novello, who wrote the WWI anthem Keep the Home Fires Burning, and the crucial work of Noel Coward in entertaining the troops. Fighting Proud is a poignant and powerful portrait of the vital contribution of gay men to the war effort. Author Stephen Bourne is a writer and historian, and an expert on Black and LGBT British history.

The Glamour Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler

Chris Bryant

£25.00 £23.25

Extensively researched, richly detailed and absolutely fascinating, The Glamour Boys reveals the untold story of the gay British politicians who were among the very first to warn Britain about the danger of Hitler's rise to power and the most vocal in demanding an end to the government's policy of appeasement.

No Modernism Without Lesbians

Diana Souhami

£9.99 £9.29

A magnificent and beguiling history book! Full of fascinating information, lightly handled. Diana Souhami is an amazing writer! 'A book about love, identity, acceptance and the freedom to write, paint, compose and wear corduroy breeches with gaiters. To swear, kiss, publish and be damned. It is vastly entertaining and often moving ...There isn't a page without an entertaining vignette' - The Times.

We use cookies and similar methods to recognize visitors and remember their preferences. We also use them to help detect unauthorized access or activity that violate our terms of service, as well as to analyze site traffic and performance for our own site improvement efforts. To learn more about these methods, including how to disable them view our Cookie Policy.