LGBTQ* Resources List

This resources list has been compiled using Elizabeth Chapman’s blog. It is aimed at library and information professionals starting to think about the LGBTQ* resources of their own library and information service. It is not an exhaustive or a definitive list. There are many more useful resources out there to discover.

Elizabeth defines LGBTQ* as:

"The acronym ‘LGBTQ*’ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer and/or questioning. The term ‘trans’ is an umbrella term for transgender and/or genderqueer people. And the asterisk on the end signifies inclusion of other queer identities which are sometimes overlooked, such as intersex and asexual people."

Books and journals

Greenblatt, Ellen (2011). Serving LGBTIQ Library and Archives Users: essays on outreach, service, collections and access. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Naidoo, Jamie Campbell (2014) The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children. Chicago: ALSC

Martin, Hillias J. and Murdock, James R. (2007) Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teens: a how-to-do-it manual for librarians. Chicago: Neal-Schuman.

Vincent, John (2014) LGBT People and the UK Cultural Sector: the response of libraries, museums, archives and heritage since 1950. Farnham: Ashgate.

Waite, Jessica (2013) To what extent do public libraries in the UK provide adequate resources for trans people? Sheffield: University of Sheffield.

Journal of Homosexuality

Transgender Studies Quarterly

Journal of Bisexuality

Journal Articles and Academic Papers

Bates, J. & Rowley, J. (2011) Social reproduction and exclusion in subject indexing: A comparison of public library OPACs and LibraryThing folksonomy. Journal of Documentation, 67(3), 431-448. doi:

Chapman, Elizabeth L. (2013) No more controversial than a gardening display? Provision of LGBT-related fiction to children and young people in UK public libraries. Library Trends, 61(3), 542-568.

Morris, Martin and Roberto, K.R. (2014) Information-seeking behaviour of LGBTQ health professionals: New data to inform inclusive practice. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2014 - Lyon - Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge in Session 151 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning Users Special Interest Group. In: IFLA WLIC 2014, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France.

Walker, Janine and Bates, Jo (2013) Developments in LGBT provision in secondary school library services since the abolition of Section 28. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. OA version available here

Recommended Specialist Bookshops and Booklists

The Rainbow Book List of recommended resources for children and teens, and the Over the Rainbow book list for adults.

Gay’s the Word

Letterbox Library - for diverse children’s materials

Children’s Literature

Cart and Jenkins (2006) The heart has its reasons: Young Adult literature with gay/lesbian/queer content. Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press

Epstein, B.J. (2013) Are the kids all right? Representations of LGBTQ characters in children's and young adult literature. HammerOn Press.

Naidoo, Jamie Campbell (2012) Rainbow family collections: selecting and using children's books with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer content. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited

Webber (2010) Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning teen literature: a guide to reading interests. Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited

Wind, Lee (2015) I'm here, I'm queer, what the hell do I read? [Blog].

Book Awards (adult and children's)

Green Carnation Prize (UK)

Lambda Literary Awards (US)

Polari First Book Prize (UK)

Stonewall Book Awards (US)

National Advocacy Groups

Stonewall – An organisation offering advice and working nationally and internationally advocating and campaigning for the rights of LGBT people. 

Gendered Intelligence – A not-for-profit Community Interest Company working to increase understanding of gender diversity. They predominantly work with the trans community in particular supporting young trans people aged 11-25.

Inclusive Minds – a collective of consultants and campaigners working to improve diversity in children’s literature

Other Information Sources

The Network (Social Exclusion Action Planning Network) – shares resources, information and good practice to challenge social exclusion in the cultural sector

IFLA LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group - addressing the gap in professional knowledge by offering opportunities to engage in discussions about this often invisible user group.

GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association – Committed to serving the information needs of the GLBT professional community and the GLBT information and access needs of individuals.

Liz Chapman currently has her own website which lists some of the books available (See the 'downloads' box on the right-hand side) and will last for the duration of her PHD