The Lambda Literary Foundation describes LGBT Studies as scholarly work oriented toward academia, libraries, cultural professionals, and the more academic reader.
Bi Magazine reviewer Anil Vora would argue that one doesn’t have to be a geek to read and appreciate these books. On the contrary, books on LGBT studies provide history and context on queer movements worldwide, movements from which we can draw inspiration and energy to drive our own continued struggle for equality. These books are also some of the most successful in articulating a vision of hope for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Vora’s review includes three nominated books: Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure by Sara Warner, The Invention of Heterosexual Culture (L’Invention de la culture hétérosexuelle) by Louis-Georges Tin, and South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come: Queer Sexuality and the Struggle for Freedom by Brenna Munro. Also included is J. Jack Halberstam’s Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal, which was submitted for Lammy consideration but did not make the final list.