Indiana University and the city of Bloomington occupy lands of enduring historical and cultural significance, and that for some was, is, and will always be home, to a number of Indigenous groups, including the Myaamiaki (Miami), Lënape (Delaware), Saawanwa (Shawnee), kiikaapoa (Kickapoo), and Neshnabé/Bodwéwadmik (Potawatomi) peoples. We honor and acknowledge the ancestral and contemporary caretakers of this place, as well as our nonhuman spirits, elders, and guides, offer gratitude for being held and nourished by the land, and recognize the inherent sovereignty and resilience of all Native communities who have survived and still thrive to this day on Turtle Island in spite of the systemic subjugation, dispossession, and genocide that constitute the ongoing reality of settler-colonialism.
We encourage all, settlers and guests alike, to look beyond acknowledgement and engage with local Indigenous communities while also cultivating thoughtful relations of reciprocity with the sacred land you live on, as well as the many vibrant beings with whom you share it.
Further Resources & Reading
If you'd like to learn more about the practice and history of indigenous land acknowledgments, consult the resources below. You can also navigate to our full resource guide.
Guides & Toolkits
To learn more about the tribes, nations, and communities with ties to this land colonially known as the state of Indiana, check out their websites and consider supporting them in an ongoing way however you can:
Welcome to the Gender Studies subject guide for Indiana University Bloomington
We're glad you're here. This guide contains information and resources pertaining to the field of gender studies. Here you'll find featured content, new titles, helpful resources and services for scholars, instructional support information, research tips, and curated, subject-specific resources for performing research in gender studies. You will also find a list of campus & community resources for women and LGBTQ+ people.
The subject specialist and collection manager for this area is nicholae cline. If you would like to contact them, please use the profile box located on the left-hand side of this page. If you would like to request a purchase for our collections, you can use this form.
About Gender Studies
The study of gender as a fundamental category of social and cultural analysis, while also considering the intersection of gender with other substantive categories of identity, including sexuality, race, religion, class, disability, and nationality. Gender studies encourages scholars to think beyond common sense accounts of gender to examine its complex construction in a range of historical epochs, cultural arenas, and global processes. The field of gender studies utilizes a wide variety of innovative approaches and methodologies, broad in reach, yet unified through a critical angle of vision.
To learn more about the IU Department of Gender Studies, visit their website.
This feature highlights literature & poetics by Queer and/or Transgender Asian creatives. Here you will primarily find contemporary authors, artists, filmmakers, and poets writing from the intersections of LGBTQ+ experience and Asian identities. The number of creatives who hold these identities is vast and just a small section is included here. Explore the tabs to discover fiction, memoirs, poetry, zines, films/shorts, and graphics novels from QTAPI creators. In celebration of AAPI Heritage month and beyond, we hope that you explore this guide during the month of May and year-round!
Video: ‘We’re Asians, Gay & Proud’: The Story Behind The Photo | NBC Asian America (2018)
For an introductory look at Queer & Asian voices in North America, check out the anthology featured below.
If you would like to engage more with this month-long celebration, the Libraries have curated a number of interrelated resources and features to continue and deepen the conversation. You'll find these, below:
Video: Malinda Lo, 2021 Young People’s Lit NatBookAward Winner, reads from Last Night at the Telegraph Club. 2022.
Video: Samra Habib on the complexities of being Ahmadi Muslim and queer | The Walrus Talks (2019)
Video: Chrysanthemum Tran reads "I Don't Even Like Sports" (2022). See more of her work here.
Documentary: But I Love The Zine | KQED Truly CA featuring Jeffrey Cheung (Unity Press), V. Vale (Re/Search), Tiny Splendor, and Jess Wu (Mixed Rice Zine). 2019
For more zines/small press/self-published content, check out the following links:
Mixed Rice Zines is a small diy press run by artist J Wu, featuring a mixture of voices in celebrating QTBIPOC resilience. Their zines invite queer and trans artists of color to send in writing, photography, comics, poetry, interviews, illustration and more.
View some of these zines for free on their website!
From the website: A "new weekly long-format webzine featuring stories and perspectives from yours truly, ~the Queer Asian community~. We invite you into the clubhouse: share your thoughts, discover art, make new friends, and experience a kind of soft love that you could previously only equate with a platter of freshly cut fruit. All Queer, Trans, APISWAD (Asian/ Pacific Islander/ Southwest Asian/ Desi) identifying folx are welcome here—but please, leave your shoes at the door!"
Trans Man Walking (2017-2019) by Andi Santagata is currently on hiatus but you can read past episodes for free online.
Tropic Zine is a forum for critical engagement with contemporary culture that seeks connections between Hawaiʻi and the tropical diaspora worldwide. Imagine the publication as a dynamic web of relations, simultaneously drawn together and repelled by experiences of place. It prioritizes independent, self-aware, queer, hybrid, engaged, contemporary voices who define culture on their own terms through new editorial projects and collaborations. Tropic Zine produces one print publication a year, which follows no set format or timeline, and publishes digital features on e-Tropic.
Canto Cutie is a juried art and literature zine that publishes the work of Cantonese artists and writers around the world. Founded in 2019 by Katherine Leung, it is edited by Tsz Kam and translated by G. The Cantonese diaspora has roots in Hong Kong, Southern China, Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam Concentrations of Cantonese speakers can be found in every English-speaking country. Canto Cutie zines are available for purchase and to view for free online.
Dominique Duong is an illustrator and comic artist working in London, UK. Since her career began, her work has been published by SelfMadeHero, Discord Comics and Limit Break Comics, among others. She’s one of Broken Frontier’s Six Small Press Creators to Watch of 2020 and her comic The Dog & The Cat was nominated for an Ignatz Award. She’s worked on editorial and book illustration, theatre set designs, concept art, story-boarding and comics. Explore her webcomics here. Image from The Dog and the Cat, a short Ignatz Award-nominated queer fantasy romance comic based on the myth of the Cat and the Chinese Zodiac.
Sarula Bao is a Chinese American illustrator and graphic novelist based in Brooklyn. She graduated from RISD’s illustration department in 2016 and has since published a graphic novel, Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution and currently works as a comics instructor and freelance illustrator. You can explore some of her comics on her website. Left image: "To all the White Girls I've loved before." Right image: from "Thnks fr th mmrs"
Access options to the films and shorts below are either linked or noted in their description. See the following list for additional resources, lists, articles, and film festivals!
"it's a girl!" short film by trâm anh nguyễn. (3 min). "It’s a Girl! is a self-portrait drawn from a Southeast Asian trans male perspective."
Video: AAWWTV: Desi Queer with Rahul Mehta, SJ Sindu & Sreshtha Sen (2017)
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) is devoted to creating, publishing, developing and disseminating creative writing by Asian Americans, and to providing an alternative literary arts space at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice. Since our founding in 1991, we have been dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told. At a time when migrants, women, people of color, Muslims, and LGBTQ people are specifically targeted, we offer a new countercultural public space in which to imagine a more just future. Explore The Margins digital magazine, The Margins Fellowship, and upcoming events.
Kaya Press is a group of dedicated writers, artists, readers, and lovers of books working together to publish the most challenging, thoughtful, and provocative literature being produced throughout the Asian and Pacific Island diasporas. We believe that people’s lives can be changed by literature that pushes us past expectations and out of our comfort zone. We believe in the contagious potential of creativity combined with the means of production. Founded in 1994, Kaya Press has established itself as the premier publisher of cutting-edge Asian and Pacific Islander diasporic writers in the United States. Our diverse list of titles includes experimental poetry, noir fiction, film memoir, avant-garde art, performance pieces, “lost” novels, and everything in between. Check out Milkteeth Books, the intern-run chapbook imprint of Kaya Press
Kundiman is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. Kundiman creates a space where Asian Americans can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively the legacy we will leave the future. In the 2000s, poets Sarah Gambito and Joseph O. Legaspi envisioned a space that would facilitate the creation of new work, foster mentoring relationships, and address the challenges facing Asian American writers. Out of those discussions, Kundiman presented its inaugural Workshop Retreat for poets at The University of Virginia in 2004. The Retreat has taken place annually since then, welcoming over 250 fellows and 50 acclaimed faculty members, and is now hosted by Fordham College at Rose Hill.
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) empowers LGBTQ+ Asians and Pacific Islanders through movement capacity building, policy advocacy, and representation. Founded in 2005 as a federation of dozens of small, volunteer-run groups across the country, NQAPIA is embedded in generations- and centuries-old traditions of resistance, resilience, and community-making among LGBTQ+ Asians and Pacific Islanders.
The Queer Asian Social Club started out as The Gaysian Project. In 2018, I developed a panel for a queer fandom convention to explore Queer Asian Representation in the Media. We are now the Queer Asian Social Club focusing on sharing and celebrating stories of individuals and activists in our community through our weekly web-zine DIS-ORIENT, our instagram page, and our podcast the Queer Asian Podcast Club! While our name is changing, the core of who we remains the same. We are a collective that is focused on using visibility to empower community for queer and trans-APISWAD folks.
unerased book club: community through Asian American literature. A project of Rising Voices. Join unerased May book club where they will be reading Almost American Girl by Robin Ha.
Asian Pride Project celebrates the journeys, triumphs and struggles of LGBTQ individuals and our Asian and Pacific Islander (API) families and communities. We seek to capture these stories by using the arts – film, video, photography and the written word – as a medium for social justice and advocacy in the LGBTQ realm.
How Uniting Queer Asians Through Nightlife Became a Global Movement: From Bubble T in New York City to Worship in Sydney, Arthur Tam looks at the nightlife spaces that are uplifting and unifying the queer Asian diaspora all over the world
How Bubble_T is Shaping the Asian LGBTQ Community’s Future
Meet the Photographer Taking Intimate Portraits of Queer Asian Nightlife in NYC by Leila Ettachfini. "Photographer Aki Kame focuses on lifestyle portraiture by day, but at night they head to parties like NYC's Bubble T to capture their friends and community."
Nancy is a critically-acclaimed podcast featuring queer stories and conversations, and hosted by two best friends, neither of whom are named Nancy. It’s a podcast about how we define ourselves, and the journey it takes to get there. Hosted by Tobin Low and Kathy Tu. Nancy is no longer in production but you can listen to their archive of episodes for free here.
Yellow Glitter with Steven Wakabayashi is a podcast on mindfulness through the eyes & soul of queer Asian perspectives. Every episode, my guests and I share with you what’s on our minds on topics around racial identity, queerness, activism, and life. Come join our conversation. Listen here!
Gaysian by Geoffrey Gaurano is a show that celebrates, educates, and raises awareness about the gay and Asian lived experience through interviews with AAPI or gaysian scholars, activists, and creatives. Subscribe on Spotify for new episodes every other Tuesday.
March is Women's History Month and conversations surrounding the history of women and trans+ femme rights wouldn't be complete without discussing the stigma and discrimination of the sex work industry (which men, nonbinary, and agender folks also participate in). Sex work has often been considered "the oldest profession" and has been an active profession (legal or not) for centuries. Despite its active part of our communities, sex work has continuously been seen through a negative lens claiming sex workers have no agency and only do the work because they've been manipulated or coerced against their will. While there are absolutely dangerous situations in sex work—and sex trafficking is a real issue—it's time to see sex work for what it really is: a job.
Sex work is also an active area of research and scholarly discourse, particularly within gender and sexuality studies. This guide helps illuminate and contextualize the many cultural, critical, and scholarly threads surrounding sex workers and their experiences, exploring different perspectives of sex work and how to change the narrative of sex work to be more explicitly feminist and equitable.
A group of sex workers share the most challenging aspects of their jobs. (2021)
Resources for Further Exploration:
If you'd like to engage more deeply with Women's History Month, units across the Libraries have created a number of interrelated resources and features to provide more holistic coverage of this commemoration. You'll find those, below:
Journals to Explore:
While there are never enough groups working to support sex workers and end the stigma around this profession, there are a number of activist, advocacy, and research organizations dedicated to sex work and sex workers. We've included a selection of the most well-known below:
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