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LGBTQ+ Resource Guide

In partnership with the Library's Gallery Exhibit, the Library has put together a guide to resources on queer studies and identity.

Subject Headings vs. Keywords

Searching by Keyword

If you're searching for library materials about bears (i.e. a hairy, heavy-set, sometimes muscular, gay or bisexual man) and you're using the word "bears" in your keyword search, you may be finding more items referring to furry, forest animals than queer culture. That's because keyword searches use natural language to search for items. Natural language is the way we speak in everyday life, where context clues help us arrive at understanding. Natural language can be slippery and sometimes multiple meanings get in the way of successful searching.

Searching by Subject

Subject Headings can save you a lot of time and frustration by limiting to articles that are right on your topic. Subject headings are terms or phrases assigned to a resource that describe the content of that resource

Most academic libraries use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to describe what a book or article is generally about. For example, books about the animal bear would have the subject heading "Bears" whereas books about bears in a queer context would have the LCSH subject heading "Bears (Gay Culture)". The A-Z list on the bottom of this page features relevant Library of Congress Subject Headings for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer topics.​

Searching by Subject in OneSearch

Subject headings can be used to search for materials in OneSearch by first navigating to the Advanced Search section and then selecting “Subject” from the dropdown menu to the left of the search bar (see figure below).

A-Z Subject Headings for LGBTQ+ Topics

- A -

Abused gay men

Abused lesbians

African American bisexual men

African American bisexuals

African American gay actors

African American gay men

African American gays

African American lesbians

African American transsexuals

Aged gay men

Aged lesbians



Asian American bisexuals

Asian American gays

Asian American lesbians

Astrology and homosexuality

- B -

Bears (Gay culture)

Bible and homosexuality

Bible--Gay interpretations

Bisexual college students

Bisexual feminism

Bisexual high school students

Bisexual librarians

Bisexual men

Bisexual men--United States

Bisexual parents

Bisexual students

Bisexual women

Bisexual youth


Bisexuality in literature

Bisexuality in marriage

Bisexuality in motion pictures

Bisexuality on television


Bisexuality--Religious aspects (can sub-categorize further by denomination)


Bisexuals' writings, (can sub-categorize further by nationality)

Buddhist gays


Butch and femme (Lesbian culture)

Butch and femme (Lesbian culture) in motion pictures

- C -

Catholic gay men

Catholic gays

Children and homosexuality

Children of gay parents

Children of sexual minority parents

Children of transgender parents

Children of transsexual parents

Christian gays

Christian gay men

Christian transgender people

Christian transsexuals

Christian sexual minorities

Church work with African American gays

Church work with gays, (can sub-categorize further by denomination)

Civil unions

Closeted gays

Closeted gays in literature

Coming out (Sexual orientation)

Coming out (Sexual orientation) in literature

Coming out (Sexual orientation)--United States

Coming out (Sexual orientation)--Fiction

Coming out (Sexual orientation)--Religious aspects, (can sub-categorize further by denomination)

Conflict of laws--Same-sex marriage

Cuban American lesbians

- D -

Deaf gay men

Deaf gays

Drag balls

- E -

Etiquette for gay men

Etiquette for lesbians

Ex-gay movement

- F -

Female impersonators

Female-to-male transsexuals

- G -
Gay accommodations
Gay activists
Gay actors
Gay adoption
Gay adoption--Law and legislation
Gay and lesbian dance parties
Gay and lesbian film festivals
Gay and lesbian studies
Gay anthropologists
Gay artists
Gay artists in popular culture
Gay athletes
Gay authors
Gay bars
Gay bathhouses
Gay bodybuilders
Gay business enterprises
Gay businessmen
Gay caregivers
Gay cartoonists
Gay clergy
Gay clubs
Gay coaches (Athletics)
Gay college students
Gay college teachers
Gay columns in newspapers
Gay communities
Gay conservatives
Gay consumers
Gay counselors
Gay couples
Gay couples--United States
Gay couples--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Gay couples--Religious life (can sub-categorize further by denomination)
Gay critics
Gay culture
Gay culture in literature
Gay deacons
Gay discotheques
Gay dramatists
Gay erotic art
Gay erotic comic books, strips, etc
Gay erotic drama
Gay erotic drama, American
Gay erotic drawing
Gay erotic films
Gay erotic literature
Gay erotic literature, American
Gay erotic literature, English
Gay erotic literature, French
Gay erotic photography
Gay erotica
Gay executives
Gay fathers
Gay figure skaters
Gay flight attendants
Gay heroes
Gay high school students
Gay human services personnel
Gay immigrants
Gay interpretations
Gay journalists
Gay kings and rulers
Gay labor union members
Gay lawyers
Gay liberation movement
Gay liberation movement--United States
Gay liberation movement--United States--History
Gay librarians
Gay libraries
Gay man-heterosexual woman relationships in motion pictures
Gay man-heterosexual woman relationships on television
Gay men
Gay men--Abuse of
Gay men--Alcohol use--United States--Case studies
Gay men and musicals
Gay men--Biography
Gay men, Black
Gay men--Books and reading--United States
Gay men--Communication
Gay men--Conduct of life
Gay men--Crimes against--Fiction
Gay men--Drama
Gay men--Family relationships--United States
Gay men--Great Britain--Biography
Gay men--Humor
Gay men in art
Gay men in literature
Gay men in mass media
Gay men--Language
Gay men--Legal status, laws, etc
Gay men--Literary collections
Gay men--Mental health
Gay men on postage stamps
Gay men on television
Gay men--Psychology
Gay men--Relations with heterosexuals
Gay men--Relations with heterosexual women
Gay men--Relations with lesbians
Gay men--Religious life
Gay men--Sexual behavior--United States
Gay men's writings, (can sub-categorize further by nationality)
Gay men--United States--Biography
Gay men--United States--Social conditions
Gays--Violence against
Gay men, White
Gay military cadets
Gay military personnel
Gay motion picture actors and actresses
Gay motion picture producers and directors
Gay motorcycle clubs
Gay musicians
Gay newspapers
Gay nurses
Gay ocean liner passengers
Gay online chat groups
Gay parents
Gay parents--Legal status, laws, etc
Gay physical education teachers
Gay police officers
Gay political refugees
Gay politicians
Gay pornographic films
Gay pornography
Gay press
Gay press publications
Gay Pride Day
Gay pride parades
Gay prisoners
Gay private investigators
Gay psychiatrists
Gay psychologists
Gay real estate agents
Gay rodeos
Gay rights
Gay rights in literature
Gay rights--Religious aspects
Gay sailors
Gay singers
Gay skinheads
Gay skinheads in motion pictures
Gay social workers
Gay song festivals
Gay spies
Gay-straight alliances in schools
Gay students
Gay teachers
Gay teenagers
Gay teenagers--Fiction
Gay teenagers--Care
Gay teenagers in literature
Gay theater
Gay theatrical producers and directors
Gay travelers
Gay wit and humor
Gay youth
Gay youth--Fiction
Gay youths' writings, (can sub-categorize further by nationality)
Gays--Abuse of
Gays--Alcohol use--United States--History
Gays and rock music
Gays and sports
Gays and the performing arts
Gays--Books and reading
Gays in advertising
Gays in higher education
Gays in literature
Gays in mass media
Gays in motion pictures
Gays in the civil service
Gays in the performing arts
Gays in popular culture
Gays--Mental health
Gays--Nazi persecution
Gays--Social life and customs
Gays--Vocational guidance
Gays with disabilities
Gays' writings, (can sub-categorize further by nationality)
Gender identity
Gender identity--congresses
Gender identity disorders in adolescence
Gender identity disorders in children
Gender identity--fiction
Gender identity in advertising
Gender identity in art
Gender identity in dance
Gender identity in education
Gender identity in literature
Gender identity in mass media
Gender identity in motion pictures
Gender identity in music
Gender identity in science
Gender identity in the Bible
Gender identity in the Qurʼan
Gender identity in the theater
Gender identity in the workplace
Gender identity on television
Gender identity--Law and legislation
Gender identity--Religious aspects (can sub-categorize further by denomination)
- H -

Handkerchief codes
Hispanic American bisexual women
Hispanic American gay artists
Hispanic American gays
Hispanic American lesbians
Hispanic American sexual minorities
HIV-positive bisexual men
HIV-positive gay men
Homomonument (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Homophobia in anthropology
Homophobia in art
Homophobia in children
Homophobia in child welfare
Homophobia in gerontology
Homophobia in high schools
Homophobia in higher education
Homophobia--Law and legislation
Homophobia in literature
Homophobia in medical care
Homophobia in medicine
Homophobia in physical education
Homophobia--Press coverage
Homophobia in psychoanalysis
Homophobia--Religious aspects (can sub-categorize further by denomination)
Homophobia in schools
Homophobia in social work
Homophobia in sports
Homophobia in the military
Homophobia in the workplace
Homosexuality (Canon law)
Homosexuality and architecture
Homosexuality and art
Homosexuality and dance
Homosexuality and education
Homosexuality and literature
Homosexuality and literature
Homosexuality and literature--English-speaking countries
Homosexuality and literature--France
Homosexuality and literature--Great Britain--History--19th century
Homosexuality and literature--United States--History--20th century
Homosexuality and motion pictures
Homosexuality and music
Homosexuality and popular music
Homosexuality and television
Homosexuality and the arts
Homosexuality and theater
Homosexuality in animals
Homosexuality in art
Homosexuality in dance
Homosexuality in literature
Homosexuality in motion pictures
Homosexuality in music
Homosexuality in opera
Homosexuality in the Bible
Homosexuality in the theater
Homosexuality in the workplace
Homosexuality in video games
Homosexuality on radio
Homosexuality on television
Homosexuality--Biblical teaching
Homosexuality -- Comic books, strips
Homosexuality--Genetic aspects
Homosexuality -- Government policy
Homosexuality--Great Britain
Homosexuality--Law and legislation
Homosexuality--Law and legislation
Homosexuality--Literary collections
Homosexuality--Moral and ethical aspects
Homosexuality--Moral and ethical aspects
Homosexuality--Psychological aspects
Homosexuality--Religious aspects (can sub-categorize further by denomination)
Homosexuality--Social aspects
Homosexuality--United States

- I -

Indian gays

Indian gays in literature

Indian lesbians

Indian sexual minorities

Internalized homophobia

Internalized homophobia in lesbians

Internet and bisexual men

Internet and gay men

Intersex athletes

Intersex children

Intersex military personnel

Intersex people


Intersexuality in animals

Intersexuality in art

Intersexuality in children

Intersexuality in literature


Italian American gays

Italian American lesbians

- J -

Jewish gay men

Jewish gays

Jewish lesbians

Jewish transgender people

Jewish sexual minorities

- L -
Leather bars
Leather contests
Leather lifestyle (Sexuality)
Legal assistance to gays
Legal assistance to transgender people
Lesbian activists
Lesbian actresses
Lesbian anthropologists
Lesbian artists
Lesbian artists in popular culture
Lesbian athletes
Lesbian authors
Lesbian bars in motion pictures
Lesbian businesswomen
Lesbian business enterprises
Lesbian cartoonists
Lesbian clergy
Lesbian college students
Lesbian college teachers
Lesbian community
Lesbian composers
Lesbian consumers
Lesbian couples
Lesbian couples as parents
Lesbian couples--United States
Lesbian culture
Lesbian dramatists
Lesbian erotic art
Lesbian erotic films
Lesbian erotic literature
Lesbian erotic poetry,
Lesbian erotic stories,
Lesbian feminism
Lesbian feminist theory
Lesbian Girl Scouts
Lesbian heroes
Lesbian heroines in literature
Lesbian high school students
Lesbian librarians
Lesbian libraries
Lesbian mothers
Lesbian motion picture producers and directors
Lesbian motorcyclists
Lesbian musicians
Lesbian nuns
Lesbian nurses
Lesbian online chat groups
Lesbian partner abuse
Lesbian pulp fiction
Lesbian photographers
Lesbian physical education teachers
Lesbian police officers
Lesbian private investigators
Lesbian psychotherapists
Lesbian rabbis
Lesbian separatism
Lesbian students
Lesbian teachers
Lesbian teenagers
Lesbian teenagers in literature
Lesbian teenagers--Care
Lesbian teenagers--Identity
Lesbian theater
Lesbian vampires
Lesbian vampires in motion pictures
Lesbian youth
Lesbianism--Religious aspects
Lesbianism--United States
Lesbianism in art
Lesbianism in literature
Lesbianism in motion pictures
Lesbianism in opera
Lesbianism on television
Lesbians--Abuse of
Lesbians--Alcohol use--United States--Bibliography
Lesbians and musicals
Lesbians and sports
Lesbians, Black
Lesbians--Books and reading
Lesbians--Conduct of life
Lesbians--Great Britain--Biography
Lesbians in advertising
Lesbians in art
Lesbians in literature
Lesbians in mass media
Lesbians in motion pictures
Lesbians in popular culture
Lesbians in the motion picture industry
Lesbians in the performing arts
Lesbians--Legal status, laws, etc
Lesbians--Literary collections
Lesbians on postage stamps
Lesbians--Puerto Rico
Lesbians--Relations with heterosexuals
Lesbians--Sexual behavior
Lesbians--United States--Psychology
Lesbians--United States--Social conditions
Lesbians' writings, (can sub-categorize further by nationality)
Libraries and bisexuals
Libraries and gays
Libraries and lesbians
Libraries and sexual minorities
Libraries and transgender people
- M -

Male homosexuality

Male homosexuality in art

Male homosexuality in literature

Male homosexuality in music

Male impersonators

Male impersonators in motion pictures

Male prostitution

Mexican American gays

Mexican American lesbians

Middle-aged gay men

Middle-aged gays

Middle-aged lesbians

Middle-aged sexual minorities

Minority gays

Minority gays in literature

Minority lesbians

Mormon gays

Motion pictures and gay men

Music by gay composers

Music by lesbian composers

Muslim gay men

- N -

National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, Washington, D.C., 1979

National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, Washington, D.C., 1987

National socialism and homosexuality

- O -

Older gay men

Older lesbians

Older sexual minorities

Older transsexuals

Ordination of gays

Ordination of lesbians

Outing (Sexual orientation)

- P -

Pacific Islander American bisexuals

Pacific Islander American gays

Pacific Islander American lesbians

Pacific Islander American sexual minorities

Parents of AIDS patients

Parents of gays

Parents of intersex children

Parents of sexual minority youth

Parents of transsexuals

Participation, Gay


Presbyterian gay men

Prostitution - History

Prostitution - Interviews

Prostitution - law and legislation

Prostitution in art

Prostitution in literature

Prostitution in motion pictures

Protestant gays

Police services for sexual minorities

Psychoanalysis and homosexuality

Puerto Rican lesbians

- Q -

Queer theology

Queer theory

- Q -