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Kathryn A. Martin Library

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

Resources for finding information on LGBTQ+ topics.

Selected Databases

Suggested keywords

These lists represent some ideas to start your searches, they don't cover every concept you might need. Remember that 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 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