Research Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies

January 17, 2013 | Katherine

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies (LGBTQ) is a large and often interdisciplinary field that is well-represented in the Toronto Public Library’s collections.  Research collections are housed at the Toronto Reference Library in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, and at the North York Central Library in the Society and Recreation Department.  Books that cross into areas such as art and literature, are generally housed in the Arts and Literature departments of these libraries. Yorkville Library houses TPL’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Collection, which concentrates on popular books and DVD’s as well as select scholarly titles.

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    Suggested Subject Headings and Keywords

Many terms in this list can be combined with geographic locations (e.g. Gay liberation movement Canada), as well as with other subjects (e.g. Homosexuality law and legislation United States). You can use the filters that appear on the left of the results screen to further limit your search results by Type (e.g. Books, Movies and Videos), Language, Age Level, Library Branch, and Subject.


    Suggested Titles


QueercanAbout Canada:queer rights

Queerly Canadian : an introductory reader in sexuality studies

Faith, politics and sexual diversity in Canada and the United States

The Canadian war on queers : national security as sexual regulation

Queer inclusions, continental divisions : public recognition of sexual diversity in Canada and the United States

Political institutions and lesbian and gay rights in the United States and Canada

Lesbian and gay rights in Canada : social movements and equality-seeking, 1971-1995 




Gay Lives 

Flaming souls: homosexuality, homophobia, and social change in Barbados

Queer indigenous studies: critical interventions in theory, politics and literature

Combating discrimination grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity: Council of Europe standards-Council of Europe


From disgust to humanity: sexual orientation and constitutional law

Greenwood Encyclopedia of LGBT issues worldwide (3vols)

Stonewall : the riots that sparked the gay revolution

Sexuality and human rights : a global overview - International Bar Association. Conference (2000 : Amsterdam, Netherlands)


    Queer Theory

FoucaultMad for Foucault: rethinking the foundations of queer theory

Deviations : a Gayle Rubin reader

If memory serves : gay men, AIDS, and the promise of the queer past

Thinking queerly : race, sex, gender, and the ethics of identity

Sexuality, nationality, indigeneity




 Soldiers2 Soldiers, rebels, and drifters : gay representation in Israeli cinema

Laramie project : ten years later

Cinematic queerness : gay and lesbian hypervisibility in contemporary Francophone feature films

Out at the movies : a history of gay cinema

Queer popular culture : literature, media, film, and television






The queer uncanny : new perspectives on the gothic

The Cambridge companion to gay and lesbian writing

After sex? : on writing since queer theory

Queer universes : sexualities in science fiction




    Suggested Magazines and Journals

The following titles are currently received in print format. Check branch holdings for availability. A keyword search for “homosexuality periodicals” in the catalogue will also show periodical titles which are available electronically, through databases shown below under “Online Library Resources”.

GLQ : a journal of lesbian and gay studies

Journal of Homosexuality


The Advocate


Online Library Resources

    Suggested Article Databases

You can find magazine and newspaper articles on LGBTQ issues by searching the library’s electronic databases. Suggested databases include Academic Onefile, CBCA Complete, Canadian Periodicals Index (CPIQ), and JSTOR.  In addition, the library offers access to a specialized database, GLBT Gender Studies. These resources can be searched from library computers, or from home or school using your Toronto Public Library card.


    Additional Online Sources

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission  (An international human rights advocacy organization . Includes information by country.)

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

ARC International

International Commission of Jurists: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) (Includes fulltext access to SOGI publications.)

Human Rights Watch: LGBT Rights

Inside Out: Toronto LGBT Film Festival


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