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LGBTQ+ Resources in Special Collections: Activism

Vertical files

Vertical files are a way for libraries to organize items not cataloged individually, such as newspaper clippings, brochures, advertisements, or presentation handouts.

Special Collections has an extensive list of such material within its vertical files, with over 300 topics related to LGBTQ+ issues.

Please note that not all vertical files have been cataloged. For a more comprehensive list please contact Special Collections LGBTQ+ Librarian Elisa Landaverde.

You can identify some of these files with a keyword search. For example:

  • ARVF and gay
  • PCVF and lesbian
  • ARVF and transgender

Here are just a handful of LGBTQ topics in the vertical files:

  • Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center
  • Detroit Area Gay-Lesbian Council
  • Dykes Against Racism Everywhere
  • Gay Anarchists
  • Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights
  • Gay Pride Marches in Michigan
  • Lansing Women's Chorus
  • Lansing Equal Rights Task Force
  • Lesbian/Gay Pride Week, Michigan State University
  • March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Equal Rights and Liberation
  • Mattachine Society
  • Michigan Lesbian/Gay Democratic Caucus
  • Michigan Organization for Human Rights
  • Michigan State University Lesbian/Gay Council
  • Naiad Press
  • National Stonewall Democrats
  • Queer Nation
  • Statewide Lesbian Political Action Committee (1979)
  • Stonewall II Riot (New York, NY: Oct. 19, 1998)

LGBTQ manifestos

In many activist movements, key groups or individual leaders write statements which define and explain their purpose and goals. Here is a sample of manifestos in our collection, in chronological order:


We have material from dozens of LGBTQ+ organizations, including those listed below.

Searching these by keyword will retrieve items where the organization is the subject or author. The most relevant hits will be at the top. Please note that you may get false hits where the requested terms appear in a different order.

  • ACT UP
  • Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends
  • Against Equality
  • Brother to Brother
  • Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere
  • Coalition of Vietnamese Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Network
  • Daughters of Bilitis
  • Dignity
  • Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
  • Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
  • Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
  • Gay Liberation Front
  • Gay Men of African Descent
  • Gay Rights National Lobby
  • Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
  • GSA Network
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Integrity Inc. (may also be referred to as Integrity USA)
  • International Foundation for Gender Education
  • International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • Intersex Society of North America
  • Lambda Legal
  • Lansing Area AIDS Network
  • Lansing Association for Human Rights (LAHR)
  • Lesbian and Gay Community Network of Western Michigan
  • Lesbian and Gay Labor Network
  • Lesbian and Gay Parents Coalition International
  • Lesbian Agenda for Action
  • Lesbian Avengers
  • Mattachine Society
  • Michigan Gender Equity Team
  • Michigan Organization for Human Rights
  • National Association of Black and White Men Together
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • National Gay Rights Advocates
  • National Organization of Gay & Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc.
  • National Stonewall Democrats
  • New York State Black Gay Network
  • Out & Equal
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
  • Point Foundation
  • Queer Nation
  • Sister of Perpetual Indulgence
  • Southeastern Michigan Gay & Lesbian Association
  • Trans Oral History Project
  • Transgender Network of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
  • The Triangle Foundation Inc.
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