Helpful Resources for Supporting Your LGBTQ Community

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| By Gale Staff |

This is only a selection of resources that might be helpful when looking at ways to support the LGBTQ community.


Archives of Sexuality and Gender
Offers the largest collection of materials available to support the study of gender and sexuality, providing library patrons with unparalleled access to primary sources for information, study, and research. Learn more at

Gale eBooks on GVRL
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Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Formerly the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Teachers Network, GLSEN’s mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The website contains a wealth of information supporting the mission for both teachers and students. Learn more at

Hoogland, Renee C. Gender: Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks
This resource offers eight volumes, targeted principally to undergraduates, on such interdisciplinary areas as gender and animals, God, laughter, love, matter, nature, space, time, and war. Chapters in each volume are newly commissioned and written by leading scholars in their fields. Learn more at

Formerly Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, PFLAG describes itself as “the extended family of the LGBTQ community.” Its mission stresses support for families, allies, and people who are LGBTQ, plus education and advocacy. Its website provides extensive materials in support of its mission.


GLBTRT. Open to All. Serving the GLBT Community in Your Library. A Toolkit from the American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table. April 9, 2016.

Greenblatt, Ellen, ed. Serving LGBTIQ Library and Archives Users: Essays on Outreach, Service, Collections, and Access. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. 2011.

Martin, Hillias J., Jr. and James R. Murdock. Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teens. A How-to Do-It Manual for Librarians. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers. 2007.


Alsenas, Linas. Gay America. Struggle for Equality. New York: Amulet Books. 2008.

Serwatka, Thomas S. Queer Questions, Clear Answers: The Contemporary Debates on Sexual Orientation. Praeger/ABC-CLIO. Santa Barbara, CA: 2010.


Biegel, Stuart. The Right to Be Out. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America’s Public Schools. University of Minnesota Press. Minneapolis, MN: 2010.

Cianciotto, Jason and Sean Cahill. LGBT Youth in America’s Schools. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2012.

DeWitt, Peter. Dignity for All. Safeguarding LGBT Students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 2012.

Mayo, Cris. LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policies and Practices. Teachers College Press. New York City: Columbia University. 2014.

Vaccaro, Annemarie, Gerri August, and Megan S. Kennedy. Safe Spaces: Making Schools and Communities Welcoming to LGBT Youth. Praeger. Santa Barbara, CA: 2011.


Abate, Michelle Ann and Kenneth Kidd, eds. Over the Rainbow: Queer Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press. 2014.

Bosman, Ellen and John P. Bradford. Edited by Robert B. Ridinger. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Literature. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. 2008.

Cart, Michael and Christine A. Jenkins. The Heart Has Its Reasons: Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969–2004. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. 2006.

Cart, Michael and Christine A. Jenkins. Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens: Coming Out, Being Out, and the Search for Community. Chicago: Huron Street Press. 2015.

Naidoo, Jamie Campbell. Rainbow Family Collections: Selecting and Using Children’s Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. 2012.

“Ten Titles for a Basic Nonfiction GLBT Collection.”

Vnuk, Rebecca. The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-by-Shelf Guide. Chicago: ALA Editions. 2015.

Webber, Carlisle K. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teen Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. 2010.


Consulting lists of award-winning LGBTQ resources should be a core activity in any ongoing collection development program. This is especially important for filling gaps through retrospective collection building, making weeding decisions, developing displays, and doing reader’s advisory. Lists of these awards can be accessed through a variety of digital resources, including Booklist Online.

Lambda Book Awards:
Over the Rainbow Book List:
Rainbow Book List:


As above, this is only a small selection of the many guides available.

Dawson, James. This Book Is Gay. NY: Sourcebooks Fire. 2015.
Huegel, Kelly. GLBTQ. The Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. 2003.
Marcus, Eric. Is It a Choice? Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Gay and Lesbian People. Harper San Francisco. 2005.

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