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E. H. Butler Library, Buffalo State, The State University of New York

LGBTQ+ Resources: Library



LGBTQ topics cover a range of subject areas. Materials in the library are organized using the Library of Congress Classification System which attempts to organize knowledge and materials topically. Use the search box on the library's homepage to find books and e-books owned by the library. Books can be searched in a variety of ways including title, author, or keyword.

To help you get started, you can browse the recommended call number ranges or check out the following selected LGBTQ books owned by Butler Library.

If you need help finding materials in the library, ask us!

Recommended Call Number Ranges

HQ12-18Sexual Life
HQ19-30.7Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality
HQ31-64Sex instruction and sexual ethics
HQ75-76.8Homosexuality. Lesbianism
HQ1001-1006The state and marriage
HQ1051-1057The church and marriage
HQ1075-1075.5Sex role
HQ1101-2030.7Women. Feminism

*Note: The term "transvestite" is widely viewed as an offensive term. You should refrain from using this term unless someone specifically self-identifies this way.

K623-624Civil law
K670-709Domestic relations. Family law
K7155-7197Domestic relations. Family law
KF1-9827Law of the United States.
LC212-212.863Discrimination in education
LC212.9-212.93Sex differences in education
LC213-214.53Education equalization. Right to education
LC1200-1203Inclusive education
LC1390Men. Boys
LC1401-2572Women. Girls
LC2574-2576Gays. Lesbians. Bisexuals

Selected Books


LGBTQ Databases

Subject Databases

Many disciplines cover LGBTQ topics in context of the subject area. The databases listed below are recommended for their interdisciplinary content that covers LGBTQ themes.


The following is a selection of journal titles available through Butler Library. A complete listing of all journals accessible through the library is available through the A-Z Online Journals page.

The Madeline Davis Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Archives of Western New York

Browse The Madeline Davis Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Archives of Western New York

The Madeline Davis Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Archives of Western New York was founded in 2001 to collect, safeguard, and provide access to archive and manuscript materials that document the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities of Western New York and Southern Ontario. These archives house records of more than fifty diverse organizations and the manuscript collections of many individuals who have had a significant impact on the history of the region. Here you will find some of the materials from the archives that have been digitized and made available online. If you are interested in viewing materials that have not been digitized and are in the Buffalo area, please contact the Buffalo State Archives.

LGBTQ Historical T-Shirt Collection

Browse the LGBTQ Historial T-Shirt Collection

The Gay Rights Historical T-Shirt Collection exemplifies the community collaboration involved in this growing collection. Textile material holdings range from the early 1980s and span the last thirty-six years of advocacy in the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, queer, and transgender community. Each items was donated by a member of the community, most as a single contribution.

Currently, the Gay Rights Historical T-Shirt Collection consists of around 139 unique t-shirts that were created for pride parades and gay rights activism; community organizations; national and local rallies; AIDs activism; local LGBTQ bars and support organizations; and as individual creations. Some t-shirts are original creations, not mass produced for an event, but instead created by a member of the LGBTQ community for a particular march or protest.

Donate YOUR Shirts! YOU are our community. We strive to represent and document your experiences. Have one shirt? Have ten? Please DONATE them to preserve our history for future generations. Please visit our webpage or contact an archivist for additional information.

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