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Copley Library Diversity and Inclusion Resources: LGBTQ+ and Pride Month

This guide provides the USD community with resources and information to support institutional and personal learning about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility topics. It is a living document and will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Media Resources

Oscar-winner for Best Picture, MOONLIGHT is a moving and transcendent look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances, is guided by support, empathy and love from the most unexpected places.

Winner of multiple Oscars including Best Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Adapted Screenplay. Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture - Drama. Winner of Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Editing at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. ~ Description from publisher.

Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty, nimble landmark of New Queer Cinema.

A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker, Cheryl becomes obsessed with the “most beautiful mammy,” a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Determined to find out who the actress she knows only as the “Watermelon Woman” was and make her the subject of a documentary, she starts researching and is bowled over to discover that not only was Fae Richards (Lisa Marie Bronson) a fellow Philadelphian but also a lesbian.

The project is not without drama as Cheryl’s singular focus causes friction between her and her friend Tamara (Valarie Walker) and as she begins to see parallels between Fae’s problematic relationship with a white director and her own budding romance with white Diana (fellow filmmaker Guinevere Turner).

Winner of Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival. ~ Description from publisher.

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina's birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando's family don't trust her. A woman detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando's ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando's son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando.

Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando's family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.

Maria Irene Fornes was one of America's greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many know her only as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag. The visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds on-stage, writing over 40 plays and winning nine Obie Awards.

At the vanguard of the nascent Off-Off Broadway experimental theater movement in NYC, Fornes is often referred to as American theater's "Mother Avant-Garde." When she gradually stops writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker Michelle Memran reignites her spontaneous creative spirit and triggers a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off. ~ Description from publisher.

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, PARIS IS BURNING offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—PARIS IS BURNING brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community. ~ Description from publisher.

USD Campus Resources

LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons

As a student-run space, their work is informed and carried out by student coordinators and volunteers. They seek to create affirming spaces for queer and trans folks while educating the entire campus community about inclusive strategies through an anti-oppression framework that is explicitly pro-Black, queer, and feminist. With this goal in mind, they provide an LGBTQ+ student lounge, host identity-specific community groups, and offer educational programs around LGBTQIA+ culture and concerns.

Student Life Pavilion 424

Phone: (619) 260-4517

Email: lgbtq@sandiego.edu

 

Diverse Gender and Sexuality Alliance (DSGA)

DSGA is USD's first LGBTQ+ student organization, dedicated to creating community and pursuing social justice. Follow us on Instagram @usddsga and be sure to register for our email mailing list.

Email: usddsga@gmail.com
President: Leah Ring, lring@sandiego.edu
Advisor: Benn Joyce, bjoyce@sandiego.edu

 

qSTEM

An organization creating visibility and community for LGBTQIA+ students in STEM. Follow @usd_qstem for queer + science goodness.

Advisor: Kate Boersma

 

LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Association

The LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Association is a community that identifies with and supports LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies. They create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space that embraces and connects people of all sexualities, gender identities, and gender expressions. 

Follow us on IG @usdlgbtqia_gsa

For questions, contact Mannie Brown, emmanuelbrown@sandiego.edu.

 

USD Pride Law

Pride Law seeks to provide a supportive and vibrant community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQIA) students, both in the law school and thruoughout the University of San Diego.

Email usdpridelaw@gmail.com for details.

 

Romba

We work to connect and support LGBTQ MBA and graduate business students within the University and San Diego communities. ROMBA at USD is a student chapter from the national ROMBA organization.

Contact ROMBA advisor April Cash for more at acash@sandiego.edu.

E-Books @ Copley

Inclusion in Education 

Personal Stories

Print Books @ Copley

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E-Journals & Databases

Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health

The mission of Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health is to bring together state-of-the-art scholarship across disciplines, which seeks to enhance the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals at the population level with an eye to the intersectional identities that SGM people possess.

 

LGBTQ policy journal at the Harvard Kennedy School

Dedicated to publishing interdisciplinary work on policy-making and politics including and impacting LGBTQ communities and individuals.

 

The newsletter for the LGBTQ Study Group of the American Musicological Society

Promotes communication among lesbian and gay music scholars, increasing awareness of issues in sexuality and music in the academic community, and establishing a forum for the presentation of lesbian and gay music studies.