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LGBTQI Americans

The library offers this guide to resources as a way to support student understanding and awareness of history, culture, and contributions of LGBTQI Americans


LGBTQI Americans encompass a diverse group in terms of race, ethnic or cultural identity, age, gender expression, physical mobility, national identity, and religion. Even the criteria that seemingly defines them as a group, sexual or gender identity, shows a wide range of differences. Generally, sex and sexuality relate to the physical body and identity, while gender relates to social identity. Issues and interests of LGBTQI focus on civil and human rights, health, economic and political equity, protection from violence or hate crimes, legal issues, public access and accommodation, and social issues. The acronym usually stands for:

  • L = Lesbian
  • G = Gay
  • B = Bisexual
  • T = Transsexual
  • Q = Queer or Questioning
  • I = Intersex

Search Terms

These are some of the terms that students may need for a research project. Other terms may be useful in addition to those listed below. 


Plural or singular forms as well as variant spellings, variant word endings
Combine a word for gender or sexual identity with a topic word or phrase, for example: gay artists, homosexual literature, lesbian psychology, homosexuality and scholarly studies
Add a phrase such as legal aspects, social impact, economic effect. Slang or street terms.
Words from your textbook, technical or scholarly terms
Avoid using hyphens in words where they normally occur; use a space instead

  • Androgyny
  • Asexual
  • Bisexual
  • Children of sexual minority parents
  • Coming out
  • Cross dressing or cross dresser
  • Defense of marriage act or law
  • Female homosexuality
  • Gay
  • Gay community
  • Gay family or families
  • Gay fiction
  • Gay liberation
  • Gay marriage
  • Gay pride
  • Gay straight alliance
  • Gay village
  • Gay weddings
  • Gay youth
  • Gender identity
  • Gender orientation
  • Gender stereotypes
  • Hermaphrodite
  • Heteronormativity
  • Heterosexism
  • Heterosexual bias
  • Homophobia
  • Homosexual
  • Intersex or Intersexuality
  • Lavender linguistics
  • Legal aspects of transsexualism
  • Lesbian
  • Lesbian feminism
  • LGBT stereotypes
  • Male homosexuality
  • Marriage equality
  • Marriage Union Adoption
  • Metrosexual
  • Military service
  • Omnisexuality
  • Pansexuality
  • Polyamory
  • Queer
  • Queer studies
  • Queer theology
  • Queer theory
  • Religion and homosexuality
  • Religion and transgender
  • Same sex marriage (same-sex)
  • Same sex sexuality
  • Same sex weddings
  • Sexual assignment
  • Sexual identity
  • Sexual minorities
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sexual orientation and society
  • Sexual reassignment
  • Sexual stereotypes
  • Sodomy law
  • Stonewall demonstrations
  • Stonewall riots
  • Straight allies
  • Third gender
  • Transfeminism
  • Transgender
  • Transsexual

Classes relating to LGBTQI

  • PSYCH 3 Psychology of Sexuality
  • PSYCH 33  Personal Growth and Development
  • SOC 2 Social Problems
  • SOC 3 Human Sexuality
  • SOC 9 Introduction to Women's Studies
  • SOC 10  Sociology of Family and Intimate Relationships
  • Any of the Anthropology, History, Political Science classes
  • Most classes like Communications, English 1A, Sociology, Psychology… that require a paper or project for research.

Related Research Guides

The following guides may also provide relevant sources of information or topic ideas.


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Susan Gehr
Fall 2020 reference desk hours: Mondays 4-6 pm, Wednesdays 2-6 pm, Thursdays 4-6 pm, alternate Saturdays 10 am-1 pm.
(707) 476-4260

Citation Styles

Always ask your instructor what citation style should be used for research projects. See below for links to helpful resources.