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L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ Resources

A guide to resources for researching LGBTQ+ topics, reading LGBTQ+ voices, and seeking LGBTQ+ literature and media.


Triton College Library uses the Library of Congress classification for digital and physical materials. Library materials are organized according to Library of Congress Subject Headings and use the keywords associated with Library of Congress controlled vocabularies. 

Note on Subject Headings: “Terminology changes, and like all classification systems, the Library of Congress Subject Headings contain some outdated and possibly offensive terms and may not contain the newest terminology.” (University of Maryland Libraries DEI Research Guide

For more on Subject Headings, check out Coming Out of the Controlled Closet by Jessica L. Colbert, which details how some outdated terminology often “remains in use long after the community deems it harmful or incorrect” (Colbert, Coming Out of the Controlled Closet: A Comparison of Patron Keywords for Queer Topics to Library of Congress Subject Headings, 1). 

Keywords: Homosexuality, Transgender, Gender nonconformity, Gay politicians, Sexual minorities, Transgender people, Queer theory 

Subject Headings: (Library of Congress LGBTQIA+ Studies Research Guide)

  • Sexual orientation 

  • Asexuality (Sexual orientation) 

  • Bisexuality 

  • Gays 

  • Lesbians 

  • Gender identity 

  • Gender nonconformity 

  • Intersex people 

  • Transgender people 

  • Queer theory 

  • Gender nonconformity 

  • Gay rights 

  • Non-monogamous relationships 

  • Sexual behavior 

  • Sexology—History 

  • Sexual orientation—fiction 

  • Sexual minority community 

Recommended Journals


Terms & Definitions


Guides & Handbooks

Request Media Through Kanopy

If you find a film held by Kanopy that the library does not have access to, you can send a request form that links directly to the film. Just look through the films you can request, fill out that request form, and library staff will get back to you with information about your request.   

Suggested Films



Recommended Reading

"Queer theory as an academic tool came about in part from gender and sexuality studies that in turn had their origins from lesbians and gay studies and feminist theory" (Queer Theory: A Rough Introduction, University of Illinois Library).