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Lesbian Studies: Music & Musicians

The research and study of lesbians.

Books & Journals

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Search the online catalog for book and journal titles. 

Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for titles not found at UK.

Lesbian Gay Band Association

Lists of Lesbian Musicians - Websitess

Online lists of contemporary lesbian musicians.

Lesbian Love Music Playlists - 8 Tracks

Lesbian Musicians - Autostraddle

Lesbian Musicians - FamousFix

Lesbian Musicians - Wikipedia

Top 50 Lesbian Songs - Gunaxin

Lesbians and Music

Lesbian musicians have always existed, and there are a number of songs with coded terms that refer to lesbians and relationships. It was in the 1970s that lesbians began incorporating their sexuality into their music in explicit terms and claiming the identity of being a lesbian.  The titles below will provide additional information.

Research - Theses and Dissertations

Refer to the "Thesis and Dissertation Research" tab of this guide.


Search WorldCat for archival collections with lesbian music and musician content.

Databases available at University of Kentucky

Find full-text journal articles, newspaper articles, reference titles, proceedings, and reports.

Documentaries & Films

Sound Recordings

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Search the online catalog for sound recording titles. 

Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for titles not found at UK.

Lesbian Music Videos Online

There are many lesbian music videos found on YouTube by searching with the open ended term lesbian music. The results will include songs and performances by men. To narrow down the search to a specific type of music or video, add search terms or use quotation marks, such as the following examples.

1. lesbian music

2. lesbian music reggae

3. lesbian music country

4. lesbian "folk music"

5. lesbian "indie rock"