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University of Minnesota

Kathryn A. Martin Library

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

Resources for finding information on LGBTQ+ topics.

Selected Databases

This Guide points you to databases that are most likely to have resources on these general subjects. Not sure where to start? Not finding what you want? Book an appointment with Mags to talk through your topic and your research process.

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