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The LGBTQA Resource Center has a growing library of books, magazines, and videos for students, faculty or staff to borrow and utilize. Most of our resources are funded by the Student Actitivity Fee, but others have been generously donated to the Center. Should you like to donate material to us, or if you have suggestions for a book, magazine or movie that we should carry, please email us at lgbtqa@neu.edu.

Books

The full inventory of our books can be found at our Library Thing. It is a searchable database, although we can't yet indicate whether a book has been checked out or not. To check on the status of a book, you can call us at 617-373-2738 and someone at our front desk will assist you. To borrow a book, come to the resource center with your Northeastern ID, and you can sign a book out for two weeks.

To entice you, here are a couple of reviews of books we have in stock:

Moab Is My Washpot is the autobiography of Stephen Fry. This book illustrates the first twenty years of his life. (Show/Hide Review)

The first section is called Joining In, and it opens on him as an eight year old, sitting in the train car alone, waiting for the rest of the school boys. A boy named Bunce is immediately thrown into the story when he comes to sit in Fry's car. After a few pages, we see Fry's brother Roger enter in to the car, acting bossy and mean like any big brother would. Towards the end of this chapter, Fry goes into a large fonted rant about his lack of musical ability, and how he is unable to join in.

The second section, Falling In, follows him through the later years of school, including dealing with health, puberty, and sex. This section also deals a lot with homosexuality, and his boyhood experiments at school. This book talks about his adjustment to schooling, his friendships, and his terrible attempts at sports and singing. Fry was too smart for his own good, and got in frequent trouble with the headmaster. In Breaking Out, he ends up getting expelled from school, and eventually commits a crime that lands him in prison. The section ends with Fry being allowed to apply for Cambridge University. He is actually one of the few Cambridge graduates to have been in prison before school.

The last few pages, entitled Catching Up, shows Fry nervously awaiting a phone call in a pub. [We'll save the ending for you to read on your own!] This book is an extremely cheery, witty, and dry comedy following Stephen Fry's life, and parts of it are very heartwarming as well. - Anna DesLauriers

Fun Home is a graphic memoir written by Alison Bechdel. (Show/Hide Review)

The story opens on her house, which is above a funeral home in rural Pennsylvania. This book talks about sexual orientation, gender roles, suicide, dysfunctional family life, and mainly her relationship with her father. The narrative is non-linear, but keeps coming back around to old incidents.

For lovers of classic literature and greek myths, this novel is fantastic with her constant use of quotes and comparisons. The author alludes to many famous works, usually when trying to describe or explain her father, a funeral director and high school English teacher. He is most often looked at through references to The Great Gatsby. Her original love for the classics came from her father's constant suggestion. The book opens on her father obsessively cleaning and restoring their old Victorian home. He is distant and cold, and occasionally furious and abusive. This is perhaps because of his homosexual feelings, and his denial of them to himself and the world. The story continues with the author's personal struggle with her sexual identity, and eventual acceptance of herself as a lesbian. The book continues to deal with family issues, and ends in tragedy. Although this is a tragicomic, this book has a way of being uplifting and melancholy. - Anna DesLauriers

Magazines

Among others, we have the following popular magazines in stock for you to read. We kindly ask that you remain in the Center when reading from our magazine selection.

  • The Advocate
  • Out
  • Curve
  • Original Plumbing
  • Spirit

Movies

We have a small collection of DVDs that individuals may watch in the Center. We do not have permission to show these videos publicly, which means you cannot borrow them to show to an organization or use for a program. However, if you wish to watch them on your own or with a small group inside the resource center, you're more than welcome to do so.

DVDs must be checked out directly through the coordinator, so please email lgbtqa@neu.edu if you are interested in watching a movie.

Our current list of DVDs (with links to Internet Movie Database (IMDB) information, if available):

  • Before Stonewall (1984): The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement.
  • After Stonewall (1999): Documentary/Historical retrospective of the Gay Rights movement from the 1969 Stonewall riots to the present.
  • For the Bible Tells Me So (2007): An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.
  • Southern Comfort (2001): Southern Comfort documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual. Eads, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, was turned down for treatment by two dozen doctors out of fear that treating such a patient would hurt their reputations. By the time Eads received treatment, the cancer was too advanced to save his life. Filmmaker Kate Davis follows Robert and a group of trans-gendered Southerners in this captivating and truly touching documentary.
  • It's in the Water (1997): Residents of the fictional town of Azalea Springs, Texas go into a panic after a gay local says the town's water supply is what made him gay.
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995): Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.
  • James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (1990): James Baldwin (1924-1987) was at once a major twentieth century American author, a Civil Rights activist and, for two crucial decades, a prophetic voice calling Americans, Black and white, to confront their shared racial tragedy. James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket captures on film the passionate intellect and courageous writing of a man who was born black, impoverished, gay and gifted. 

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