By Cat Walker
The newest resource added to the GLBTRT Professional Tools page is a guide to resources in print and online about Latinos and Latinas that are also gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. The size of the American population with Latin American heritage has grown, and recently the visibility of Latino/as in American culture has also increased. In the past 50 years there have been a few major Latina and Latino GLBT authors, such as Gloria Anzaldúa, Reinaldo Arenas, Cherríe Moraga, and John Rechy. Recent authors and works such as Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club and Aristotle and Dante Learn the Secrets of the Universe and inaugural poet Richard Blanco have recently been recognized in the mainstream culture.
This bibliography includes a wide range of books, DVDs and a CD-ROM, and many Internet resources related to GLBT Latino/as. Separate sections contain memoirs, literary anthologies, novels, poetry, plays, graphic novels, and children’s and teen books. There is also an index of a few subtopics, such as Cuban-American, Puerto Rican, bisexual, and transgender resources. Most of the general nonfiction books are scholarly in nature, but much of the rest of the resources in the bibliography will appeal to a more popular audience. Each book, DVD, and CD-ROM has a link to the OCLC WorldCat record (when available) where you can see which libraries hold the item. Most of the items are still in print and available for purchase. Along with the African American LGBT Books Post-2007 and other guides in process, this bibliography can be a helpful tool for diversifying library collections.