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LGBTQ: Background, Laws, and State Rights

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects

Background Info

Sometimes it is useful to get an overview of a topic before beginning your research in order to find a starting point.  These resources will help you look into the history and background of LGBTQ studies and issues.

Reference Resources:

Gale Virtual Reference Library is an online collection of dozens of encyclopedias, handbooks, and guides.  Type in your search term, or the title of a publication.  Here are a few potential LGBTQ sources to look into, in addition to searching the reference database for keywords:Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America, 2004

Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World's Cultures


Same-Sex Rights by State

Modern Issues, Laws, and Policies

If you are trying to get a general overview of an issue (trans healthcare for example), track down a specific policy, law, or the background (legislative history) of a law, there are a few great options.  These resources provide details, but also often share both sides of opposing arguments to current issues and policies: