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LGBTQ+ Studies


This guide is intended as a resource for Shippensburg University students and members of the general public with an interest in LGBTQIA+ issues. Many of the databases included this guide are free and open to the public, although most resources require a Shippensburg ID for access and are labeled as such. 

In this guide, the term "Queer Studies" is used to refer to the study of not only lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual lives, but also the social forces responsible for creating norms and expectations relating to sexuality and gender as well as the countervailing forces which challenge those norms and expectations.

It should be noted that many of the identities addressed in this subject guide can overlap with each other and that the classification of certain resources into categories such as "gay, bisexual, or asexual" is done to facilitate ease of access, and not to confine the identities of the individuals described in those resources into a single category. 

This guide was created by James Sterner, with assistance from Dr. Kirk Moll, Professor Abdul Aden, and the Shippensburg University PAGE Center.

First Steps

When starting research on a topic, it is often best to start by searching the library's Discovery Service (Shippensburg login required) for a broad selection of results. Some of the following search terms can be good starting points for using Discovery Search:

LGBT OR LGBTQ OR lesbian OR gay OR bisexual OR gay OR transgender OR queer OR homosexual OR sexual minority

queer theory

LGBT* rights

LGBT* ident*

homophobia OR homonegativity OR sexual prejudice OR antigay prejudice

asexual AND people OR asexuality

intersex AND people

nonbinary AND people

Reference Articles (Shippensburg Login Required)