Research Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies
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.
Searching the Library Website
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.
- Gay men
- Sexual minorities
- Transgender people
- Coming out (sexual orientation)
- Gay fathers
- Gay liberation movement
- Gay parents
- Gay rights
- Homosexuality law and legislation
- Lesbian mothers
- Same-sex marriage
- Queer theory
- Gays fiction
- Lesbians fiction
- Homosexuality in literature
- Homosexuality in motion pictures
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”.
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
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (An international human rights advocacy organization . Includes information by country.)
International Commission of Jurists: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) (Includes fulltext access to SOGI publications.)
For further assistance contact:
Humanities & Social Science Department, Toronto Reference Library
trlhss @ torontopubliclibrary.ca