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About this guide...

This guide was created to supplement a presentation given at the 2016 Federal Depository Library Conference by Jesse Silva and Kelly L. Smoth.  Their contact information is in the box on the right hand side of the page. The presentation, "We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’re in the Public Record: Federal Government Documents on the LGBT Movement," highlighted a number of primary sources documenting the U.S. federal government's stance on issues related to the LGBT movement from the 1800s to the present day. These documents illustrate that, while our society may not be fully inclusive of LGBT people, our government is much more open than it was in the past.

This guide lists documents that were discussed in the presentation, including links to those that are freely available online.

Special thanks to

  • Jesse Silva, Librarian for Federal and State Government Information, Political Science, Public Policy and Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kelly L. Smith, Librarian for U.S. and San Diego Government Information, and Urban Studies & Planning, University of California, San Diego

for creating the original guide and allowing others to add it to their own guilde