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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies Research Guide

Resources for finding information on LGBTQ+ topics.

Language is important when searching for information about people from gender and sexual minorities and the cultural and social forces that affect their lives. The words people use to describe themselves vary over time and across cultures; mainstream culture uses different language than that used by LGBTQ+ insiders.

Suggested keywords

These lists represent some ideas to start your searches, they don't cover all people, all ideas, or every concept you might need. Combine people keywords with issues keywords to search specific topics.

Suggested keywords for people

  • transgender, trans, gender, gender Identity, gender minorities, nonbinary gender, two-spirit, gender expression, transsexual, queer, gender variant, gender nonconforming
  • gay, lesbian, bisexual, same-sex, queer, sexual minorities, pansexual, two-spirit, sexual orientation, homosexuality, heterosexuality

Suggested keywords for issues

  • youth, violence, marriage, health, health care, civil rights, discrimination, poverty, family, families, parents, parenting, passing

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