Arts & Culture

  • queer performance art
  • LGBTQIA+ writers


  • bullying in schools; opposition to anti-bullying efforts by those who want to maintain traditional gender roles and stereotypes
  • gender nonconforming children in schools


  • how people who identify as non-binary navigate a world that sees gender in binary terms
  • how nonbinary and transgender identities are similar and different
  • legal rights of transgender people
  • transgender visibility and "passing"
  • how sexual orientation (who you're attracted to) differs from gender identity (who you are)


  • LGBTQIA+ marches and political movements
  • LGBTQIA+ pioneers and activists
  • 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?
  • the influence of cultural norms and attitudes of a specific century or decade, and how/why people hid their feelings of same-sex attraction
  • 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
  • Important Legislation for LGBTQIA+ people


  • 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
  • LGBTQIA+ couples of differing nationalities-- can they live in the same country?
  • LGBTQIA+ rights worldwide (focusing on the "LGBTQIA+ climate" in a specific country or region)


  • how are transgender people transforming the medical establishment?
  • sexual orientation-- what does biological research tell us about it?
  • LGBTQIA+ mental health; research shows LGBTQIA+ people have higher overall rates of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders
  • the diagnosis of "gender dysphoria" and how it has been reframed and is no longer a pathology


  • parenting as a trans, nonbinary or gender fluid person
  • lesbian and gay parenting and adoption
  • new reproductive technologies for LGBTQIA+ people


  • 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
  • LGBTQIA+ themes in the Bible;
  • use of the Bible to justify mistreatment of LGBTQIA people

Sexual Orientation

  • bisexuality and issues that are unique to bisexual people
  • asexuality-- what is means, how it is often misunderstood;
  • new efforts at asexual visibility coming out stories/ coming out process;
  • challenges to the concept of "coming out"

Society & Politics

  • recent backlash against LGBTQIA+ people
  • gender identity and America's (or another nation's) changing cultural norms
  • opposition to gay rights
  • discrimination and treatment in the workplace (search also phrases such as "openly gay teachers")
  • violence and bullying of LGBTQIA+ people
  • marriage of LGBTQIA+ people to heterosexuals in order to "pass" (especially in traditional cultures)
  • queer film festivals as a step toward visibility
  • same-sex marriage -- who supports it, who opposes it, and which countries have legalized it
  • Rainbow capitalism

Article Databases

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


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