Celebrate Wear It Purple Day and support the LGBTIQ+ community with VU Library resources.

To mark Wear It Purple Day and contribute to ‘Start the Conversation...Keep it Going’, access the LGBTIQ+ Library Guide for books, journals, magazines, databases, videos and movies to gain an understanding, provide support or undertake research about LGBTIQ+.

If you are not familiar with some of the terms related to sexuality, gender identity and gender expression, check the glossary section of the guide.

To access online resources, log in with your MyVU username and password.


Read our books to gain an understanding of the challenges faced by the LGBTIQ+ community.

Non-fiction books cover topics such as:

  • restroom access
  • military participation
  • issuing of driver's licences
  • genderqueer teens
  • trans youth
  • medical treatment
  • gender at work
  • transgender experiences
  • growing up queer
  • sexuality studies.

Fiction books, young adult reading and children’s literature depict experiences related to:

  • romance
  • sport and violence
  • class and education
  • dreams and disillusionment
  • coming out
  • family.

Journals and databases

Expand your knowledge with selected journals, magazines and databases.

Journals cover topics such as:

  • transgender health
  • bisexuality
  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • LGBTIQ+ youth.

Magazines include Gay Times, Lesbian News, Whosover and The Advocate, and specialist databases cover the history and culture of the LGBTIQ+ community.

Videos & movies

Watch videos and movies such as:

  • In Full Bloom
  • Intersexion
  • Out at Work
  • The Adventures of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert
  • The Birdcage
  • Holding the Man.