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Lesbian Studies: Home

The research and study of lesbians.

Table of Contents


Archival Collections / Conferences

  • Archival collections in the U.S. and abroad
  • Conferences, festivals, and events
  • Organizations

Audio Visuals

  • Film and video titles, and web series

Books, Journals, & Databases

  • Book and journal titles, articles, and bibliographies

Comic Books, Strips, & Cartoons

  • Lesbian comics drawn by women

Early Lesbian Books

  • Early titles from different countries, ethnicities, and races

Full-length Movies, Free, Online

  • Movies on YouTube & other sites

Government Sources / Grants

  • U.S. Government publications on the web
  • National and international government websites
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Grants


  • Databases and article citations
  • Book titles
  • Academic websites - sources

Lesbian Oral History Interviews

  • Collections
  • Individuals

Marketing and Products

  • Book titles and articles, and products

Music & Musicians

  • Books and journal titles
  • Databases, documentaries & films
  • Sound recordings

Older Lesbians

  • Books, organizations, videos

Politics & Social Movements

  • Databases and article citations
  • Book titles
  • Websites, theses and dissertations

Sources: Bi-sexual, Gay Male, Queer, Transgendered

  • Book and journal titles, research, archival materials
  • Government resources, comic books and cartoons
  • Bibliographies, audio visuals

Thesis and Dissertation Research

  • Locating titles in the catalog and databases

Virtual Exhibit- University of Kentucky

  • 2015 Black History Month Exhibit - KY LGBTQ* History

UK Special Collections / KY Organizations

  • Collections with lesbian content
  • Kentucky LGBTQ organizations and research guides

Recent Research Findings

  • Lesbian Focused Research
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer
  • There is much more

Lesbian Research Guide

Research and Study



This guide has been created to highlight the research and study of lesbians. 

  • Lesbian studies is an interdisciplinary field so relevant materials will be found within a wide range of subject sources.
  • More contemporary sources will present the term "lesbian" in combination with gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, or LGBTQ. 
  • Older scholarly resources may refer to lesbians as homosexuals, homosexual women, queer women, or gay women.

Lesbian - a woman whose emotional, sexual, and romantic orientations are toward women.  The present use of the term was first expressed during the latter half of the 1800s.


Reinette F. Jones
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Rm 403, King Library Building

Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0456

(859) 257-6042

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