Here's a short glossary on some terms you might find on this LibGuide (all definitions provided by the Welcoming Schools LGBT Definitions handout)
Asexual: A term that describes a person who lacks sexual attraction or desire for other people.
Bisexual: A term that describes a person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to people of more than one sex, gender or gender identity, though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.
Cisgender: A term that describes a person whose gender identity aligns with the sex assigned to them at birth.
Gay: A term that describes a person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to some members of the same gender.
Gender-Expansive: An adjective used to describe people that identify or express themselves in ways that broaden the culturally defined behavior or expression associated with one gender.
Gender Expression: How a person expresses their gender through outward presentation and behavior. This includes, for example, a person’s name, clothing, hairstyle, body language and mannerisms.
Heterosexual: A term describing a person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to people of a different gender. Also known as straight.
Intersex: The term used for 2% of babies who are born with naturally occurring variations in chromosomes, hormones, genitalia and other sex characteristics.
Lesbian: A term describing a woman who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to some other women.
LGBTQ: An acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning. Additions to this acronym can include A, for “asexual” or “ally,” and I, for “intersex.”
Queer: A term some people use to identify themselves with a flexible and inclusive view of gender and/or sexuality. Also used interchangeably with LGBTQ to describe a group of people such as “queer youth.” It is also seen in academic fields, such as queer studies or queer theory. Historically it has been used as a negative term for LGBTQ people. Some people still find the term offensive while some embrace the term as an identity.
Sexuality: Describes how one experiences and expresses one’s self as a sexual being. It begins to develop in early childhood and continues over the course of one's lifetime.
Transgender or Trans: An umbrella term that describes people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth: A term used to describe people who identify as a different gender from the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation; transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.
This page on online library resources has links to eBooks about gender and sexuality that are available from the BC Library, with instructions on how to access each one. There are also lists of databases (also accessible through the BC Library), that have relevant information on the topics of gender and sexual identity. These would be especially helpful if you're doing research for a class, or for fun!
This Libguide provides tons of book recommendations for titles we have in the BC library. All of the books feature characters, or topics that represent different gender & sexual identities!
Pages are categorized by:
There are also boxes for book recommendation lists, and information on LGBT book lists like the Rainbow Book List, and the Stonewall Book Awards.
The Websites and More page includes resources that are openly accessible online. On this page you can find:
Is there something you think is missing from this LibGuide, or anything else you would like to see included? Feel free to suggest it to your librarians, either at school or through an email!