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LGBTQ Studies: Research and topic suggestions

A guide to online and print resources on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer people, gender expression, and sexual identity.


Looking for a topic?

Consider one of these:

  • gender identity and American cultural norms
  • sexual orientation and biology
  • the difference between sexual orientation (who you're attracted to) and gender identity (who you are)
  • LGBTQ marches and political movements
  • why LGBTQ people have higher overall rates of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders
  • opposition to gay rights
  • discrimination and treatment in the workplace (search also phrases such as "openly gay teachers")
  • violence and bullying of LGBTQ people
  • gender nonconforming children in schools
  • legal rights of transgender people
  • bisexuality and issues that are unique to bisexual people
  • asexuality as an identity
  • marriage of LGBTQ people to heterosexuals in order to "pass" (especially in traditional cultures)
  • LGBTQ couples who are of differing nationalities-- can they live in the same country?
  • gender dysphoria and the controversy of diagnosing "gender identity disorder" in the mental health profession
  • queer film festivals as a step toward visibility
  • same-sex marriage -- who supports it 
  • same-sex marriage -- opposition 
  • new reproductive technologies for LGBTQ people
  • queer performance art
  • LGBTQ rights worldwide (focusing on the "LGBTQ climate" in a specific country or region)
  • LGBTQ writers
  • LGBTQ pioneers and activists
  • coming out stories/ coming out process
  • LGBTQ themes/ homosexuality in the Bible
  • lesbian and gay parenting
  • lesbian and gay history-- when did sexual behavior come to be seen as an identity?
  • lesbian and gay history-- the influence of cultural norms and attitudes of a specific century or decade, and how/why people hid their feelings of same-sex attraction
  • lesbian and gay history-- was there a time period and location in which the social climate was more accepting of same-sex attraction and desire?
  • biography of a specific person in history whose same-sex attraction was known or documented


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Topic suggestions

More topics:

  • how people who identify as non-binary navigate a world that sees gender in binary terms
  • contrast how LGBTQ people are treated in European countries compared to the United States
  • compare and contrast laws and culture within Asian countries-- which are the most friendly to LGBTQ people
  • how friendly is the medical establishment to transgender folks?
  • the history of how LGBTQ people have or have not been integrated into the priesthood of a particular faith
  • what new elements have LGBTQ people brought to a particular faith
  • how the nonbinary identity differs from the transgender identity


Scholarly and nonscholarly articles on LGBTQ topics can be found in the following sources (accessible to current Northeastern affiliates)

For cultural studies, current events, political aspects, and all interdisciplinary topics:

For psychological aspects:

For sociological aspects:

For health aspects:


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