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LGBTQIA+ Matters and Materials

What is LGBTQIA+?

LGBTQIA+ is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual. The "+" is meant to signify the remaining spectrum of gender identity, which cannot possibly be summarized into one acronym. Variants of this term exist, such as LGBT, or LGBTQ+. The purpose behind this terminology, however, remains the same: to be as inclusive and expansive as possible in representing all those who are non-heterosexual or non-cisgender.

Likewise, the purpose of this guide is to provide a robust yet succinct review of LGBTQIA+ matters and materials. This guide is designed for lawyers, law students, and the interested public. This guide addresses matters such as the state of the law regarding LGBTQ+ persons, how to advocate for such persons, and the various resources/organizations available to them. A full list of LGBTQIA+ friendly publications is also included in this guide; everything ranging from books to podcasts which can be found at Chastek Law Library and beyond.

Our community benefits from the existence of LGBTQIA+ persons. The creation of this guide coincides with Pride Month, a commemoration of all those people who make up the initialism. Therefore, the presence of LGBTQ+ community members should be cause to celebrate, not to hate. More than just a research tool, this guide is intended to affirm and support those who identify as all types along the spectrum of gender. It is also meant to inform other community members of the best ways to do the same.

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