Queer museology reading list

The following is a beginner's guide to 'queer museology,' the scholarly meeting point between LGBTIQ communities and museums. A printable PDF is available here. Enjoy the learning and share widely!


Ferentinos, S. (2015). Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Fraser, J., & Heimlich, J. E. (2008). Where Is Queer? [Issue]. Museums & Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse, 3(1).

Levin, A. K. (Ed.) (2010). Gender, Sexuality, and Museums. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Sandell, R. (2017). Museums, Moralities and Human Rights. London: Routledge.

Sandell, R., Dodd, J., & Jones, C. (2010). An Evaluation of sh[OUT] - The Social Justice Programme of the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow 2009-2010. Leicester: Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, University of Leicester.

Sandell, R., & Frost, S. (2010). A Persistent Prejudice. In F. Cameron & L. Kelly (Eds.), Hot Topics, Public Culture, Museums (pp. 150-174). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

Swedish Exhibition Agency. (2016). Museums and LGBTQ. Retrieved 3 July 2017 from http://www.kulturradet.se/Documents/Hbtq/MUSEUMS%20AND%20LGBTQ.pdf

Tyburczy, J. (2015). Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Vincent, J. (2014). LGBT People and the UK Cultural Sector: The Response of Libraries, Museums, Archives and Heritage since 1950. Farnham: Ashgate.


LGBTQ Alliance. (2016). Welcoming Guidelines for Museums. American Alliance of Museums. Retrieved 4 July 2016 from http://aam-us.org/docs/default-source/professional-networks/lgbtq_welcome_guide.pdf

Leitch, C., Youngs, R., Gavigan, A., Lesperance, M., Burns, W. J., Cohen-Stratyner, B., . . . Hansen, J. (2016). LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums: Developing a Resource for the Muesum Field. Museums & Social Issues, 11(2), 138-146.

LGBTIQ community heritage organisations

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives; Charlotte Museum, Aukland; GLBT History Museum, San Francisco; Hall-Carpenter Archives, London; Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago; Lesbian Herstory Archives, New York; Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York; ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, LA; Pop-Up Museum of Queer History; Schwules Museum, Berlin; Stonewall National Museum & Archives, Fort Lauderdale.

Queer museology authors to follow

Erin Bailey, Anna Conlan, Sean Curran, Susan Ferentinos, Stuart Frost, PaweĊ‚ Leszkowicz, Amy K. Levin, Mark Liddiard, Robert Mills, Alison Oram, Michael Petry, Nicole Robert, Hugh Ryan, Richard Sandell, James H. Sanders III, Matt Smith, Maria-Anna Tseliou, Jennifer Tyburczy, John Vincent.