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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.


Looking for a topic?

Consider one of these:

  • recent backlash against LGBTQIA people
  • bullying in schools; opposition to anti-bullying efforts by those who want to maintain traditional gender roles and stereotypes
  • 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 LGBTQIA 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?
  • the diagnosis of "gender dysphoria" and how it has been reframed and is no longer a pathology
  • 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, nonbinary or genderfluid 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


It Gets Better

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

Pride in Boston

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Image: Ludovic Bertron, New York City, USA via Wikimedia Commons




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

NEW: LGBT Magazine Archives

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