24 February 2022

School of Law LGBT+ History Month resources list

Over the month of February (LGBT+ History Month) the School of Law has been working with staff to put together a list of resources for those interested in the history of law and the LGBT+ community.

A photograph of the LGBT+ flag flying outside Firth Court
The LGBT+ flag flying outside Firth Court at the University of Sheffield

In the School of Law we have been keen to mark LGBT+ History month in a way that will be of particular interest and use to those engaged in the study of law. The official LGBT+ History Month website lists the below as the main aims of the LGBT+ History Month campaign:

  • Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT+”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
  • Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT+ community;
  • Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities; and
  • Promoting the welfare of LGBT+ people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT+ people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.

Our resources list below will provide those interested in the history of law and the LGBT+ community with a good starting point. Some of these films and books are of course already well known, but LGBT+ History month is a great time to revisit these works. 

Thank you very much to those members of staff at the School of Law who wrote to us with their contributions to this list.


Against the Law  (Peter Wildeblood)

After Queer Theory - The Limits of Sexual Politics (James Penney)

From Civil Partnerships to Same-Sex Marriage - Interdisciplinary Reflections (Nicola Barker, Daniel Monk)

Is Gender Fluid? - a primer for the 21st century (Sally Hines)

Life Isn't Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between (Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi)

Pride - The Story of the LGBTQ Equality Movement (Matthew Todd)

Race and Sexuality (Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, Brandon Andrew Robison and Christina Khan)

Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law (Chris Ashford, Alexander Maine)

The Deviant's War - The Homosexual vs. the United States of America (Eric Cervini)

The International LGBT Rights Movement : A History (Laura A. Belmonte)

The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk (Randy Shilts)

The Pink Line - The World’s Queer Fronters (Mark Gevisser) 

The Red In The Rainbow - Sexuality, Socialism & LGBT Liberation (Hannah Dee)

The Transgender Issue - an argument for justice (Shon Faye)

Transforming Gender (Sally Hines)

Transgender Identities  - Towards a Social Analysis of Gender Diversity (Sally Hines, Tam Sanger)

Vice Patrol - Cops, Courts and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life before Stonewall (Anna Lvovsky)

For those who are parents or carers of younger people, or who work with younger people, Stonewall has also put together a brilliant list of books for younger readers that are LGBTQ+ inclusive - you can find this here. Many of these books for teenage readers feature protagonists who face great hardships due to the government and laws they live under in their countries.


C. Ashword (2013) ‘Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships in Europe:  National, Cross-Border and European Perspectives, 2nd edition, SCOLAG: Legal Journal, forthcoming.

C. Ashford (2011) ‘Gender, Sexualities and Law’, Feminist Legal Studies 19(3) 297-299.

P. Dunne et al, ‘Shifting Sands: Six Legal Views on the Transgender Debate’ (2018, Guardian Online).

E. Grabham, ‘Governing Permanence: Trans Subjects, Time, and the Gender Recognition Act’ (2010) Social & Legal Studies 19(1), pp. 107-126.

H. Hirst ‘The legal rights and wrongs of puberty blocking in England’ in Child and Family Law Quarterly (2021), 33 (2). pp. 115-142. ISSN 1358-8184

Institute of Development Studies, Brighton ‘Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s Law Got to Do with It?’ (2016)

F. Renz, ‘If the State Decertified Gender, What Might Happen to its Meaning and Value?’ (2016) Journal of Law and Society 43(4), pp. 485-505.

A. Sharpe, ‘Endless Sex: The Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the Persistence of a Legal Category’ (2007) Feminist Legal Studies 15, pp. 57-84.

S. Whittle, ‘The Opposite of Sex is Politics – The UK Gender Recognition Act and Why it is Not Perfect, Just Like You and Me’ (2006) Journal of Gender Studies 15(3), pp. 267-271.

S. Whittle, ‘Transgender people: health at the margins of society’ (2016) The Lancet 388).


Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community (1984 film)

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989 film) 

Milk (2008 film)

Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson (2012 film)

Pride (2014 film)

Your Name Engraved Herein (2020 film) 

120 BPM (Beats per Minute) (2017 film)


If you think of any works that would be good additions to our Law and LGBT+ History resources list, please send an email to law-marketing@sheffield.ac.uk - we'd love to add any suggestions you might have.

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