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Or, look in specific reference books, available online and/or physically in the library.
American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles. Reference HM 647 .A 44 2009
The American LGBTQ rights movement : an introduction
Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. Reference HM 425 .C36 2006
The Complete Encyclopedia of Signs & Symbols : Identification and Analysis of the Visual Vocabulary that Formulates our Thoughts and Dictates our Reactions to the World around Us. Reference AZ 108 .C 65 2011
Defining Documents in American History: LGBTQ (1923 -2018)
Dictionary of Gestures: Expressive Comportments and Movements in Use Around the World. General P 117 .C 713 2018
Drag Dictionary: An Illustrated Glossary of Fierce Queen Slang. Reference HQ 73 .D 43 2021
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
Encyclopedia of American Social Movements. Reference HN 57 .E 594 2004
Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. Ref. BF 697.5 .B 631997 2012
Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture. Reference HQ 75.13 .P 76 2008
Encyclopedia of Gender and Society.
Encyclopedia of Gender in Media. Reference P 96.S5 E53 2012
Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures
Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms
Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender. Reference HQ 1115 .E 52 2001
Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World.
GLBTQ: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History
Great Events from History : Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Events, 1848-2006
Great Lives from History: LGBTQ
Greenwood Encyclopedia of LGBT Issues Worldwide
Historical Dictionary of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Movements
International Encyclopedia of Social Policy
Keywords in American Cultural Studies.
LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia. Reference HQ 73.3 .U 6 L 43 2009
LGBTQ Events in History. Reference HQ 73 .L 438 2017
LGBTQ Stats : Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, Transgender, and Queer People by the Numbers
The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History. Reference HN 57 .O 94 2012
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communication
Principles of Sociology: Group Relationships and Behavior. Reference HM 716 .P 756 2018
Principles of Sociology: Personal Relationships and Behavior. Reference HM 1106 .P 756 2018
Principles of Sociology: Societal Issues and Behavior. Reference HN 18.3 .P 756 2018
The Queen's English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of LIngo and Colloguial Phrases.
Queer Cinema in America: An Encyclopedia
Routledge Encyclopedia of Queer Culture. Reference HQ 76.97 .R 68 2011
Sage Dictionary of Cultural Studies.
Sage Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence.
Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender
Violence in American Society: An Encyclopedia of Trends, Problems, and Perspectives
We did What? Offensive and Inappropriate Behavior in American History.
Wimmin, Wimps, and Wallflowers: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Gender and Sexual Orientation Bias in the United States.
Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection