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LGBTQ+ Studies

Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies.

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Call Numbers for LGBTQ+ Studies Books

At Mason libraries, we use the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to classify and describe materials. These systems are over 100 years old, and although constantly changing are still reflective of the white, male, cisgendered, heterosexual bias of their conception. Librarians at Mason are working to change harmful subject headings in the catalog. If you have suggestions for how language might be improved, please use this form.

Print resources for LGBTQ+ Studies are located primarily in the Fenwick Library.  Audiovisual materials are also located in the Fenwick Library.

Here are some call numbers for LGBTQ+ Studies topics:

  • HQ 74 - 74.2          Bisexuality
  • HQ 75 - 76.8          Homosexuality. Lesbianism
  • HQ 77.7 - 77.95     Transsexualism​ (includes transgender)
  • HV 1449                 Gay men. Lesbians

LGBTQ+ Studies related topics may be outside of these call numbers.  For example:

  • PS 153.G38 A25 2013 is the call number for the anthology 1960s Gay Pulp Fiction: The Misplaced Heritage, which is shelved in the American Literature section at Fenwick Library. 

To locate LGBTQ+ books in related areas:

Try a keyword search that combines LGBTQ+ Studies topics with those other subject areas, such as

            "lesbian" AND "literature"

            "LGBTQ" AND "legal"

            "transgender" AND "mental health"

Many library cataloging systems, including the Library of Congress, may still use outdated terms, so consider those also if you don't find what you need. Resources for possible terms used include the Homosaurus or The Secular Librarian. Please note that some of the terms included are considered incorrect, outdated, or harmful.