Celebrating Pride Month

This Pride Month, University of Toronto Press (UTP) highlights some books and Free to Read journals published in queer studies.


Join UTP in celebrating Pride Month with a selection of Free to Read journals in queer studies from interdisciplinary journals, including an article tracing the discourse surrounding Canada’s “gay blood ban” in newspapers between 1983 and 2013; a study on how COVID-19 effected transgender and nonbinary communities; a survey of the history of queer cinema in the United States; and more. These articles are available Free to Read until the end of June, 2024:

Discursive History of Screening Criteria for Blood Donation Affecting Gay, Bi, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in Canada: 1983–2013
Andrew Ivan Brown, Canadian Journal of Communication 49.2

Mental well-being, social support, and the unique experiences of transgender and nonbinary people during the COVID-19 pandemic
Bre O’Handley and Erin Leigh Courtice, Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality 31.2

The Mainstreaming of American Queer Cinema
Susan Lonac, Canadian Review of American Studies 52.2

Systemic Activism: Uneasy Coalitions During the Canadian AIDS Pandemic of the 1980s and 1990s
Kody Muncaster, Journal of History 58.1

Thrill Me: Queerness, Spectatorship, and the Utopian Performative in South Korean Musical Theatre
Hye Won Kim, Modern Drama 66.1


Urning: Queer Identity in the German Nineteenth Century

By Douglas Pretsell

In Urning, Douglas Pretsell writes of same-sex attracted men in German-speaking Europe who used the neologism “urning” as a personal identity in the late nineteenth century. Urning argues that the men who called themselves urnings were self-identified, self-constructed agents of their own destinies.

Bodies beyond Labels: Finding Joy in the Shadows of Imperial Spain

Edited by Daniel Holcombe and Frederick A. de Armas

Bodies beyond Labels explores moments of joy and joyful expressions of self-identity, intimacy, sexuality, affect, friendship, social relationships, and religiosity in imperial Spanish cultures, a period when embodiments of such joy were shadowed by comparatively more constrictive social conventions. As new generations develop more nuanced senses of gender and sexual identities, Bodies beyond Labels strives to provide new academic optics, as framed by non-labelled bodies, queer theorizations, joy in unexpected places, and the light that has historically (re)emerged from the shadows.

Uniform Fantasies: Soldiers, Sex, and Queer Emancipation in Imperial Germany

By Jeffrey Schneider

Starting in the nineteenth century in Germany, colourful military uniforms became a locus for various queer male fantasies, fostering an underground sexual economy of male prostitution as well as a political project to exploit the army’s prestige for queer emancipation. Drawing on a vast trove of materials ranging from sexological case studies, trial transcripts, and parliamentary debates to queer activist tracts, autobiographies, and literary texts, Uniform Fantasies uncovers a particularly modern set of concerns about such topics as outing closeted homosexuals, the presence of gay men in the military, and whether men in uniform are more masculine or more insecure about their sexual identity.

Queer Lives across the Wall: Desire and Danger in Divided Berlin, 1945–1970

By Andrea Rottmann

Queer Lives across the Wall examines the everyday lives of queer Berliners between 1945 and 1970, tracing private and public queer life from the end of the Nazi regime through the gay and lesbian liberation movements of the 1970s. With a theoretical toolkit informed by feminist, queer, and spatial theories, the book goes beyond previous histories that focus on state surveillance and the persecution of male homosexuality.

Caring for LGBTQ2S People: A Clinical Guide, Second Edition

Edited by Amy Bourns and Edward Kucharski
With Allan D. Peterkin and Cathy Risdon

Increasing awareness of healthcare disparities and unique health needs of LGBTQ2S people calls for a revitalization of health professional training programs. Caring for LGBTQ2S People identifies gaps in care and health care disparities, and provides clinicians with both the knowledge and the tools to continue to improve the health of LGBTQ2S people. 

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