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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 has a wide array of resources for research into LGBTQ+ topics. This is a general purpose guide for researching LGBTQ+ topics, reading LGBTQ+ voices, and seeking LGBTQ+ literature and media. 

Reviewing the Acronym

LGBTQIA+ is an acronym which refers to the wide variety of identities outside of cisgender heterosexuality.

General terms:

  • Cisgender - A term used to refer to an individual whose gender identity aligns with the one associated with the sex assigned to them at birth
  • Heterosexual - Refers to a person who is emotionally, romantically, and/or physically attracted to a person of a different gender. Also referred to as straight

LGBTQIA+ terms:

  • Lesbian - Refers to a woman who is emotionally, romantically and/or physically attracted to other women
  • Gay - A term used to describe people who are emotionally, romantically and/or physically attracted to other men
  • Bisexual - The term refers to a person who acknowledges in themselves the potential to be attracted - romantically, emotionally, and/or sexually - to people of more than one gender
  • Transgender - Often shortened to trans. A term describing a person's gender identity that does not necessarily match their assigned sex at birth. This word is also used as an umbrella term to describe groups of people who transcend conventional expectations of gender identity or expression
  • Queer - A term used by some LGBTQ+ people to describe themselves and/or their community. The term is considered by some to be inclusive of the entire community. For some LGBTQ+ people, the term is seen as a slur when used by people who are not members of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Questioning - Describes those who are in the process of discovery and exploration about their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or a combination thereof 
  • Intersex - Refers to people who are biologically between the medically expected definitions of male and female
  • Ally - In the LGBTQ+ community, this term is used to describe someone who is supportive of LGBTQ+ individuals and the community
  • Asexual - Sometimes abbreviated as ace, the term refers to an individual who does not experience sexual attraction
  • Agender / Nonbinary - Agender refers to a person who does not identify with or experience any gender. Nonbinary refers to people who do not subscribe to the gender binary. Nonbinary people may understand their identity as falling under the transgender umbrella and may be transgender as well
  • Pansexual - Refers to a person whose emotional, romantic and/or physical attraction to people is inclusive of all genders

Each of these terms has a structured meaning, but their individual meanings are slightly different for the people who use them.

(These terms are sourced from PFLAG's National Glossary of Terms, see link above)

Queer Theory Texts

General Reference