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Afterparties: Stories by Anthony Veasna So

Recommended by Dianne Weinthal, Visual Designer

Publisher's description: “" vibrant story collection about Cambodian-American life — immersive and comic, yet unsparing — that offers profound insight into the intimacy of queer and immigrant communities. Seamlessly transitioning between the absurd and the tenderhearted, balancing acerbic humor with sharp emotional depth, Afterparties offers an expansive portrait of the lives of Cambodian-Americans."

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After Delores by Sarah Schulman

Recommended by Alison Scott, Associate University Librarian

Publisher's description: "A noirish tale about a no-nonsense coffee-shop waitress in New York who is nursing a broken heart after her girlfriend Dolores leaves her; her attempts to find love again are funny, sexy and ultimately even violent. After Delores is a fast-paced, electrifying chronicle of the Lower East Side's lesbian subculture in the 1980s."

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Beauty in the Beast by Wendy Carlos

Recommended by Matthew Vest, Music Librarian

Matthew says: "Composer Wendy Carlos’ groundbreaking synthesized album from 1986, Beauty in the Beast, was completely digitally generated."

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Our Flag Means Death! on HBO

Recommended by Eli Edwards, School of Law Reference Librarian

Eli says: "Inspired by the real-life exploits of pirates Stede Bonnet and Edward Teach (aka Blackbeard), this series places LGBTQAI characters front and center, treats them with respect and dignity, and gives them satisfying sexual and romantic relationships, to boot. The term ‘queer joy’ has been used repeatedly to describe this series, which just finished its first season."

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire, written and directed by Céline Sciamma

Recommended by Diana King, Arts Librarian

Diana says: "Set in late 18th century France, Sciamma’s 2019 film depicts the relationship between an aristocrat engaged to be married and the artist commissioned to paint her portrait. Together with Sophie, the family’s housemaid, they form an intense bond among women that is less concerned with a happy ending and more with the importance of art, memory and community in lasting human connections."

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Queer Pasts — Alexander Street Press

Recommended by Diana King, Arts Librarian

Diana says: "This new library database from Alexander Street Press includes primary source content for researchers of queer history and culture, with a focus on under-represented historical groups, including people of color, trans people and people with disabilities."

Learn more on Alexander Street Press' website(opens in a new tab).