Current Scholarship Roundup: LGBTQ Collection Assessment, Steven Universe and more

By Emilia R. Marcyk


  • Graziano, Vince. “LGBTQ Collection Assessment: Library Ownership of Resources Cited by Master’s Students.” College & Research Libraries1 (2016): 114-127. URL: 

    Granziano examined the collections of Concordia University to see how well they support Maters’ students research in LGBTQ studies. The article includes best practice suggestions for collection development in this interdisciplinary area.

  • Horak, Laura. Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema, 1908-1934. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 2016.Another one for film buffs! Horak’s book, which will be released in February 2016, discusses early examples of cross-dressing women and “female boys” in American film history.
  • Moore, Ashley. “Inclusion and Exclusion: A Case Study of an English Class for LGBT Learners.” TESOL Quarterly1 (2016): 86-108. URL: 

    The author compares the experiences of 6 LGBT students in Japan in mainstream educational environments to their experiences in a LGBT-specific English class.

  • Weber, Shannon. “‘Womanhood does Not Reside in Documentation’: Queer and Feminist Student Activism for Transgender Women’s Inclusion at Women’s Colleges.” Journal of Lesbian Studies1 (2016): 29-45. URL: 

    Weber documents the student-led activism that has led Smith College (among other women’s colleges) to change admission policies that previously excluded transgender women.

Call for Submissions

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation is sponsoring a LGBT Playwriting Competition. Submissions will be accepted between March 1 and May 31, 2016. From the competition website:

  • Your script must involve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer characters and/or themes.
  • Your script must portray a historical period or incident. The past must be central, not incidental, to the work.
  • You must submit a brief statement, no longer than one page, describing how the script fulfills these requirements. This statement should explain the time period and historical issues involved.
  • If your work has been produced in any form (workshop, staged reading, or full production), your submission must also include a synopsis of the work’s production history. Works that have never been produced are welcome.

For further information, see the competition guidelines:


Registration is open for the TRANSforming Gender Conference at the University of Colorado – Boulder. Per the conference website,

The Conference hosts national and local transgender, genderqueer, intersex, Two-Spirit activists and scholars to raise awareness of how we can celebrate the diversity of gender and sex.

For additional information, or to register, see the conference website:


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