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LGBTQA+ Resources at USM

Information and links to resources for LGBTQA+ folks and their allies.

Finding Sources

Finding LGBTQA+ related material in the the library catalog and databases can be a bit of a challenge. Here are some Subject headings to start with. You can pair these with other subject terms like history (gender identity history). Also, keep in mind that terminology has changed over time, so older materials may use older terms that today the community finds hurtful. A majority of non-fiction books can be found in the HQ 71 - HQ 78 call number range.

Looking for fiction? Adding "Comic books, strips,etc" , "Juvenile fiction", or  "fiction" to the end of your search in URSUS: bisexuality Juvenile fiction. 

There are some great lists and recommendations on the LGBTQ Reads blog:

It includes a list of Under the Gaydar books. That don't look like they have queer content but they do:

Contact a Librarian if you need help! That's what they're here for.

  • Asexuality (Sexual orientation).
  • Bisexuality.
  • Gays.
  • Lesbians.
  • Gender identity.
  • Gender nonconformity.
  • Intersex people.
  • Homosexuality.
  • Transgender people.
    • Transgender men.
    • Transgender women.
    • Transsexuals.
  • Queer theory.
  • Gender nonconformity.
  • Gay rights.
  • Gay liberation movement.
  • Coming out (Sexual orientation).
  • Non-monogamous relationships.
  • Sexual behavior.
  • Sexology.
  • Sexual orientation.
  • Sexual minority community.


For more comprehensive lists try these three sites:

LGBTQ Library of Congress subject headings:

LGBTQ Library of Congress Subject Headings - Divided by Topic:


The Homosaurus is an international linked data vocabulary of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) terms. This vocabulary is intended to function as a companion to broad subject term vocabularies, such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions are encouraged to use the Homosaurus to support LGBTQ research by enhancing the discoverability of their LGBTQ resources.

For good books and databases you can use the Women and Gender Studies Subject Guide:


Primary Sources


LGBTQ Nation

General news, opinion, and arts and culture


News on LGBTQ+ athletes and sports fans.


Alifestyle site for lesbian moms and other LGBT parents, offering a mix of parenting, politics, diversions, and resources.


General news and entertainment


          A queer book blog by Dahlia Adler (she/her).



In recent years there has been an explosion of LGBTQ+ podcasts. Here are some great ones.


This podcast covered a huge range of topics within the LGBTQ+ community, from the importance of a gaggle, to LGBTQ+ and economics, and how to navigate being an LGBTQ+ child of immigrants.


Standup comic, Cameron Esposito, interviews some of the brightest luminaries in the LGBTQ+ family. QUEERY explores individual stories of identity, personality and the shifting cultural matrix around gender, sexuality and civil rights.

LGBTQ&A: the Most intresting people in the world are Queer.

This podcast started as a way to document modern LGBTQ+ history and get beyond transition and coming out stories, to get to know each person, their accomplishments, their failures, and how to they got to where they are today. ​

Me and my Asexuality

Model and activist Yasmin Benoit explores Asexuality and its place in society.

Trans 20:20s

An eight–part podcast series created by leading writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques, looking at life for young trans, non-binary and gender diverse people from across the UK and beyond, at the start of the 2020s.

Making Gay History

This podcast brings the largely hidden history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement to life through the voices of the people who lived it.


Not sure where to start? Here are some fun fiction reads suggested by USM faculty and staff.

Most are available through USM libraries.