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LGBTQ History in Government Documents: Home

Source: Share America

About this guide...

This guide was created to supplement a presentation given at the 2016 Federal Depository Library Conference. That presentation, "We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’re in the Public Record: Federal Government Documents on the LGBT Movement," highlighted a number of primary sources documenting the U.S. federal government's stance on issues related to the LGBT movement from the 1800s to the present day. These documents illustrate that our government's policies toward LGBT people have evolved greatly over the years and continue to change - though not always for the better.

This guide lists documents discussed in the presentation, including links to those that are freely available online. The authors envision this as a living guide and intend to update it as new relevant resources become available.

For questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact:

  • Jesse Silva, Librarian for Federal and State Government Information, Political Science, Public Policy and Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kelly L. Smith, Librarian for U.S. and San Diego Government Information, and Urban Studies & Planning, University of California, San Diego


Updated Presentation (2018)

A sound recording is available for an updated presentation we did as a Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) webinar on 6/19/18. A slide presentation and audio transcript are also linked on this page.