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LGBTQIA 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.

Topics

Looking for a topic?

Consider one of these:

  • gender identity and America's (or another nation's) changing cultural norms
  • sexual orientation-- what does biological research tell us about it?
  • how sexual orientation (who you're attracted to) differs from gender identity (who you are)
  • LGBTQIA marches and political movements
  • LGBTQIA mental health; research shows LBGTQIA 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 LGBTQIA people
  • gender nonconforming children in schools
  • legal rights of transgender people
  • bisexuality and issues that are unique to bisexual people
  • asexuality-- what is means, how it is often misunderstood; new efforts at asexual visibility
  • marriage of LGBTQA people to heterosexuals in order to "pass" (especially in traditional cultures)
  • LGBTQA couples of differing nationalities-- can they live in the same country?
  • "gender dysphoria" and the ways it is being reframed in the mental health profession
  • queer film festivals as a step toward visibility 
  • same-sex marriage -- who supports it, who opposes it, and which countries have legalized it
  • new reproductive technologies for LGBTQIA people
  • queer performance art
  • LGBTQIA rights worldwide (focusing on the "LGBTQIA climate" in a specific country or region)
  • LGBTQIA writers
  • LGBTQIA pioneers and activists
  • coming out stories/ coming out process; challenges to the concept of "coming out"
  • LGBTQIA themes in the Bible; use of the Bible to justify mistreatment of LGBTQIA people
  • parenting as a trans or genderqueer person
  • lesbian and gay parenting and adoption
  • transgender visibility and "passing"
  • transgender history-- e.g., search transgender history in San Francisco
  • lesbian and gay history-- at what point did sexual behavior come to be seen as an identity?
  • history of bisexuality-- at what point was it recognized as an identity?
  • LGBTQIA 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 trans identity or 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 LGBTQIA people experience life in other countries outside of the United States
  • compare and contrast laws and culture within the Asian continent-- which countries are the most and least accepting of LGBTQIA people
  • how are transgender people transforming the medical establishment?
  • the history of how LGBTQIA people have or have not been integrated into the priesthood of a particular faith
  • what new elements have LGBTQIA people brought to a particular faith
  • how nonbinary and transgender identities are similar and different

Articles

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:

 

Additional databases