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Queer Studies: Overview

Getting Started with LGBTQ Research


Welcome to the LGBTQ Subject Guide. This guide has been designed to assist scholars with finding relevant materials for their research on topics and issues relating to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer communities.


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Another mother tongue: gay words, gay worlds


Completely queer: The Gay and Lesbian encyclopedia

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LC Subject Headings) 

Classifications agreed upon by all US Libraries and can be a helpful tool when you are searching for information. However, LC Subject Headings regarding sexual orientation and gender identity often do not reflect up to date or fully accurate terminology.  

Older materials especially will have the LC Subject Heading Homosexuality

Instead of Transgender, the LC Subject Heading is Transgenderism.


  • Bisexual men
  • Bisexual men United States
  • Bisexual women
  • Bisexual women identity
  • Bisexuality
  • Bisexuals
  • Coming Out (Sexual orientation)
  • Female impersonators
  • Gay couples
  • Gay male couples
  • Gay men
  • Gays
  • Gender identity
  • Heterosexism
  • Homophobia
  • Homosexuality
  • Lesbian couples
  • Lesbian culture
  • Lesbianism
  • Lesbians
  • Male impersonators
  • Outing (Sexual orientation)
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Sexual orientation
  • Transsexualism
  • Transsexuals
  • Transvestism
  • Transvestite