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Pride & Progress: Empowering Inclusive Care with Library Resources

(LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, which was a milestone event for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In honor of Pride Month, festivities and other activities occur globally to provide opportunities to reflect, celebrate, and increase awareness. But Pride Month is about so much more than colorful parades and festivities – it’s a call to action for equity, diversity, and inclusivity in healthcare and beyond.

From historical perspectives on LGBTQ+ medicine to current best practices, you’ll find valuable materials at Lane Library to enhance your understanding of transgender health, sexual orientation, and specific health concerns within the LGBTQ+ community.

Unpacking the Past: Learning from History to Build a More Inclusive Future in Healthcare

The Medical History Center at Lane Medical Library invites you to delve into the fascinating history of LGBTQ+ health. Our collections offer a treasure trove of resources, including the 1914 publication Die Homosexualität des Mannes und des Weibes by Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935), a practicing physician in Berlin and a pioneering advocate for LGBTQ+ rights.

Die Homosexualität des Mannes und des Weibes by Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, view of title page
Die Homosexualität des Mannes und des Weibes by Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld is a major survey of homosexuality throughout the world. In Weimar Republic-era Berlin, he founded the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (“Institute of Sexual Research”), which the Nazis destroyed. Hirschfeld, who was gay and Jewish, fled to France to escape the Nazis and died in exile.

Also among our collections are papers related to Dr. Donald Laub (1935-2024), a Stanford physician who pioneered one of the first clinics for gender-affirming care for transgender people in the United States.

In addition to our collections, the Medical History Center is a great place to learn how to do research on the history of LGBTQ health and healthcare. The Medical History Center can assist researchers with a wide variety of questions in the history of LGBTQ+ medicine, including The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and other instances in which LGBTQ+ activists used community organizing to pioneer new forms of health care and public health policy.

For more information about the resources and services of Lane Library’s Medical History Center, please contact Dr. Drew Bourn.

Bridging the Gap: Essential Resources for Inclusive LGBTQ+ Healthcare

Striving for inclusive healthcare requires ongoing education and access to reliable resources. Lane Medical Library stands by your side in this journey. Our Multicultural Health subject guide features a dedicated LGBTQ+ Health page, carefully curated with a diverse range of resources to equip you with the knowledge and skills to provide sensitive and competent care.


Below is a selection of relevant ebooks from our collections. You can explore more in Lane Search. Try browsing Lane Search results for LGBTQ+ Health ebooks.



  • LGBT Thought and Culture Online resource hosting books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting LGBT political, social, and cultural movements throughout the twentieth century and into the present day.
  • LGBTQ+ Source The definitive database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including magazines and newspapers. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus
  • Archives of Sexuality & Gender A robust and significant collection of primary sources for the historical study of sex, sexuality, and gender.

Pride in Action at Stanford Medicine

Check out these additional Pride Month activities and year-round LGBTQ+ resources from around the Stanford Medicine community.

For more information about LGBTQ+ health resources or to develop a search strategy for a specific topic related to LGBTQ+ health, contact us.

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