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LGBTQI Subject Heading Search for Books, Media and other resources in the MINERVA Library Catalog


Subject Headings for LGBTQI Research

The following online source,"Library of Congress Subject Headings for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Topics"  was compiled by Thomas Bolze, Rare Books, Catalog Librarian at Yale University Library. The original selected list demonstrates the variety of subject headings that can be used to search LGBTQI topics. This source has been adapted to create this page.  The adapated list  links subjects with resources at the University at Albany Libraries.     Subject heading searches identify resources which have a term as a major focus of a particular resource and can therefore be useful in narrowing a search to locate books, media and other resources on a particular topic  in the Library Catalog - MINERVA at the University at Albany. 

The list below has several selected Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) related to GLBTQI, but not all are listed here! For example, the keyword term "Intersexed" is represented by the heading Intersex or Intersexuality and has  recently been added to the LCSH so I have added this term here as well as a few others.  It is important to remember that subject headings have been developed within social and historical contexts and may not reflect current understanding.   The Library of Congress has changed or added terms as knowledge on a subject is brought to their attention.

Instead of searching by LCSH terms, it is also possible to search by KEYWORD on any term.  For example,  seraching transgender* as a keyword will locate every instance of the word used in the database. Hits from this search may not use the same term in the subject heading.   Use the "WORDS ANYWHERE" search type to do the broadest keyword search in the MINERVA Catalog.  This type of search would retrieve resources that relate in some way to the term but may not be the major focus of the resource as is found through searching with LCSH terms.

To search for DVD's, VIDEO and other media in the MINERVA Catalog, first select the FORMAT tab in MINERVA and change to ALL VIDEO.  Then search by Subject Heading, Subject Keyword, or Words Anywhere.   Remember, if you do this, you will limit the catalog to media and must change the catalog back to the full catalog to search all formats.


SELECTED hyper-linked headings below take you directly to the subject headings or lists of books on the particular subject in the MINERVA CATALOG. Click on the heading of interest to find  the list of resources catalogued under that heading. Those selected represent examples of pre-selected searches. If the heading is not hyper-linked, it does not mean there are no materials on this subject. Please also search headings that are not hyper-linked on this list.   Go directly to MINERVA and search under "SUBJECT BEGINS WITH"  and enter one of these headings, a list of results will appear if the library owns resources listed under these headings.


Abused gay men
Abused lesbians
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
African American bisexual men
African American bisexuals
African American gay actors
African American gay men
African American gays
African American lesbians
African American transsexuals
Aged gay men
Aged lesbians
Asian American bisexuals
Asian American gays
Asian American lesbians
Astrology and homosexuality


Bears (Gay culture)
Bible - Gay interpretations
Bisexual college students
Bisexual librarians
Bisexual men
Bisexual men United States
Bisexual parents
Bisexual students
Bisexual women
Bisexual women - Identity
Bisexual youth
Bisexuality - Mythology
Bisexuality - Religious aspects
Bisexuality in literature
Bisexuality in motion pictures
Bisexuality on television
Bisexuals' writings
Bisexuals' writings, American
Bisexuals' writings, Canadian


Catholic gay men
Catholic gays
Children of gay parents
Children of sexual minority parents
Children of transsexual parents
Christian ethics
Christian gay men
Christian gays
Christian transsexuals
Church work with African American gays
Church work with gays (can sub-categorize further by denomination)
Civil unions
Closeted gays
Coming Out (Sexual orientation)
Cuban American lesbians


Deaf gay men
Deaf gays
Drag balls


Etiquette for gay men
Etiquette for lesbians


Female impersonators
Female-to-male transsexuals


Gay accommodations
Gay activists
Gay actors
Gay adoption
Gay and lesbian dance parties
Gay and lesbian film festivals
Gay and lesbian studies
Gay anthropologists
Gay artists
Gay artists in popular culture
Gay athletes
Gay authors
Gay bars
Gay bathhouses
Gay bodybuilders
Gay broadcasters
Gay business enterprises
Gay caregivers
Gay cartoonists
Gay clergy
Gay clubs
Gay coaches (Athletics)
Gay college students
Gay college teachers
Gay columns in newspapers
Gay community
Gay composers
Gay conservatives
Gay consumers
Gay counselors
Gay couples
Gay couples - Legal status, laws, etc.
Gay couples - Religious life
Gay critics
Gay culture
Gay culture in literature
Gay discotheques
Gay dramatists
Gay erotic art
Gay erotic drama
Gay erotic films
Gay erotic literature
Gay erotic photography
Gay erotic videos
Gay erotica
Gay executives
Gay family
Gay fathers
Gay heroes
Gay high school students
Gay human services personnel
Gay journalists
Gay kings and rulers
Gay labor union members
Gay lawyers
Gay liberation movement
Gay librarians
Gay libraries
Gay man-heterosexual woman relationships in motion pictures
Gay man-heterosexual woman relationships on television
Gay men
Gay men - Abuse of
Gay men - Communication
Gay men - Conduct of life
Gay men - Identity
Gay men - Language
Gay men - Legal status, laws, etc.
Gay men - Relations with heterosexual women
Gay men - Relations with heterosexuals
Gay men - Relations with lesbians
Gay men - Religion
Gay men and musicals
Gay men, Black
Gay men in art
Gay men in literature
Gay men in mass media
Gay men in motion pictures
Gay men on postage stamps
Gay men on television
Gay men, White
Gay men's writings (can sub-categorize by language)
Gay military cadets
Gay motion picture actors and actresses
Gay motion picture producers and directors
Gay motorcycle clubs
Gay musicians
Gay newspapers
Gay nurses
Gay online chat groups
Gay parents
Gay parents - Legal status, laws, etc.
Gay police officers
Gay politicians
Gay press
Gay press publications
Gay Pride Day
Gay pride parades
Gay psychiatrists
Gay psychoanalysts
Gay psychologists
Gay rights
Gay rights - Religious aspects (can sub-categorize further by denomination)
Gay rodeos
Gay sailors
Gay skinheads
Gay skinheads in motion pictures
Gay social workers
Gay-straight alliances in schools
Gay students
Gay teachers
Gay teenagers
Gay teenagers in literature
Gay theater
Gay theatrical producers and directors
Gay travelers
Gay wit and humor
Gay youth
Gay youths' writings
Gays - Abuse of
Gays - Attitudes
Gays - Employment
Gays - Employment - Law and legislation
Gays - Identity
Gays - Legal status, laws, etc.
Gays - Monuments
Gays - Nazi persecution
Gays - Psychology
Gays - Social life and customs
Gays - Travel
Gays - Violence against
Gays and rock music
Gays and sports
Gays and the performing arts
Gays in higher education
Gays in literature
Gays in motion pictures
Gays in popular culture
Gays in the civil service
Gays in the military
Gays in the performing arts
Gays with disabilities
Gays' writings
Gender identity
Gender identity disorders
Gender identity disorders in adolescence
Gender identity disorders in children
Gender Identity in art
Gender identity in dance
Gender identity in education
Gender identity in literature
Gender identity in mass media
Gender identity in motion pictures
Gender identity in music


Handkerchief codes
Hispanic American gays
Hispanic American lesbians
HIV-positive gay men
Homophobia - Press coverage
Homophobia - Religious aspects (can sub-categorize futher by denomination)
Homophobia in children
Homophobia in high schools
Homophobia in higher education
Homophobia in literature
Homophobia in psychoanalysis
Homophobia in schools
Homophobia in social work
Homophobia in sports
Homophobia in the press
Homophobia United States History
Homosexuality - Folklore
Homosexuality - Genetic aspects
Homosexuality - Mythology
Homosexuality - Religious aspects (can sub-categorize further by denomination)
Homosexuality - Societies
Homosexuality (Canon law)
Homosexuality America History
Homosexuality and architecture
Homosexuality and art
Homosexuality and dance
Homosexuality and education
Homosexuality and literature
Homosexuality and motion pictures
Homosexuality and music
Homosexuality Biblical teaching
Homosexuality comic books, strips
Homosexuality Europe History
Homosexuality fiction
Homosexuality government policy
Homosexuality History (can sub-divide further by century)
Homosexuality in art
Homosexuality in dance
Homosexuality in literature
Homosexuality in motion pictures
Homosexuality in music
Homosexuality in opera
Homosexuality in the Bible
Homosexuality in the workplace
Homosexuality law and legislation
Homosexuality on radio
Homosexuality on television
Homosexuality poetry
Homosexuality psychology
Homosexuality social aspects
Homosexuality, Male, in art
Homosexuality, Male, in literature


Indian gays
Indian lesbians
Intersexuality (added dlf)
Italian American gays
Italian American lesbians


Jewish gay men
Jewish gays
Jewish lesbians
Jewish transsexuals


Leather bars
Leather contests
Leather life style (Sexuality)
Legal assistance to gays
Lesbian activists
Lesbian actresses
Lesbian artists
Lesbian artists in popular culture
Lesbian athletes
Lesbian authors

Lesbian business enterprises
Lesbian cartoonists
Lesbian clergy
Lesbian college students
Lesbian college teachers
Lesbian communities
Lesbian composers
Lesbian consumers
Lesbian couples
Lesbian culture
Lesbian dramatists
Lesbian erotic art
Lesbian erotic art
Lesbian librarians
Lesbian libraries
Lesbian musicians
Lesbian nuns
Lesbian nurses
Lesbian private investigators
Lesbian psychotherapists
Lesbian pulp fiction
Lesbian rabbis
Lesbian rights
Lesbian students
Lesbian teachers
Lesbian teenagers
Lesbian theater
Lesbian vampires
Lesbian vampires in motion pictures
Lesbian youth
Lesbianism - Religious aspects (can sub-categorize further by denomination)
Lesbianism in art
Lesbianism in literature
Lesbianism in motion pictures
Lesbianism in opera
Lesbians - Conduct of life
Lesbians - Identity
Lesbians - Legal status, laws
Lesbians - Relations with heterosexuals
Lesbians and musicals
Lesbians and sports
Lesbians History
Lesbians in art
Lesbians in literature
Lesbians in mass media
Lesbians' writings
Liberation theology
Libraries and sexual minorities


Male homosexuality in advertising
Male impersonators
Mass media and gays
Mexican American gays
Mexican American lesbians
Middle-aged gay men
Middle-aged gays
Middle-aged lesbians
Middle-aged sexual minorities
Minority gays
Minority lesbians
Mormon gays
Motion pictures and gay men
Music by gay composers
Music by lesbian composers


National March on Washington


Older gay men
Older gays
Older lesbians
Older sexual minorities
Older transsexuals
Ordination of gays (can sub-categorize further by denomination)
Ordination of lesbians (can sub-categorize further by denomination)
Outing (Sexual orientation)


Pacific Islander American bisexuals
Pacific Islander American gays
Pacific Islander American lesbians
Pacific Islander American sexual minorities
Parents of gays
Parents of sexual minority youth
Parents of Transsexuals (added dlf)
Prostitution - History
Prostitution - Interviews
Prostitution - law and legislation
Prostitution in literature
Psychoanalysis and Homosexuality
Psychology gender, and theory  (Subject Keyword search)
Puerto Rican lesbians


Queer theory


Radical Faeries
Radical Faieries
Rural gay men
Rural lesbians


Same-sex divorce
Same-sex marriage (Subject Keyword search)
Same-sex marriage law and legislation
Same-sex marriage religious aspects
Same-sex partner abuse
Sex (psychology)
Sex change
Sex Customs History
Sex roles
Sex-oriented businesses
Sexual behavior
Sexual ethics
Sexual minorities
Sexual minorities in literature
Sexual minority college students
Sexual minority parents
Sexual minority students
Sexual minority youth
Sexual orientation
Sexual orientation in art
Sexual orientation in literature
Sexuality and culture
Social work with bisexuals
Social work with gay youth
Social work with gays
Social work with lesbian youth
Social work with lesbians
Social work with sexual minorities
South Asian American gays
Stonewall Book Awards
Stonewall Riot, New York, N.Y., 1969


Transgender (added dlf)
Transsexual college students

Transsexual librarians
Transsexual parents
Transsexual students
Transsexual youth
Transsexualism - Religious aspects (can sub-categorize further by denomination)
Transsexuals - Identity
Transsexuals - Legal status, laws
Transsexuals in literature
Transsexuals in motion pictures
Transsexuals' writings
Transvestism - Religious aspects (can sub-categorize further by denomination)
Transvestism in art
Transvestites in literature


United States - Armed Forces - Gays   or  Gays in the military -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Web sites for sexual minorities
Women's rights
Working class lesbians


Young gay men


Original  "Library of Congress Subject Headings for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Topics"  Compiled by and with Permission from, Thomas Bolze, Rare Books, Catalog Librarian, Yale University Library. - Adapted for educational use June 2016, by  Deborah LaFond,


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