LGBT Resources

Sorting the Alphabet Soup of Sexual Orientation and Identity

Definitions ~ Find resources in the catalog ~ Find resources on the shelf ~ Online Resources ~ Databases

Definitions

"L" lesbian, dyke, gay woman, homosexual woman
Woman whose primary emotional and physical attractions are for other women.

"G" gay, homosexual, fag, faggot
Man whose primary emotional and physical attractions are for other men.

"B" bisexual, AC/DC
Man or woman with strong emotional and physical attractions to both men and women.

"T" transsexual, transgender, trans, ftm, mtf, transvestite, cross dresser, drag queen
But what do these mean? There is no single accepted definition.

The Social Work/Psychology fields treat Transgender and Transsexual as two separate issues. Transgenderdescribes people who are not comfortable with the gender expression which their culture has assigned to them. (i.e. they are not comfortable or can't relate to the roles, clothes, or behaviors that are expected in someone of their sex.) Transsexual describes someone who is not comfortable in their body and feels that they were born into a body of the wrong sex.

Many popular works use Transgender as a continuum that goes from "mild" (cross-dressing) to "severe" (changing the body by surgery or hormones)

The Library of Congress does not distinguish between Transsexual and Transgender and uses Transsexual to cover both.

Other terms

"I" Intersexed, hermaphrodites
People born with some physical aspects of both sexes.

"Q" Queer, questioning
Any/all of the above

and, of course "H" Heterosexuals, hets, straight, breeders
People whose primary emotional and physical attractions are for people of the opposite sex.

Find resources in the catalog

Search the catalog using the following subject headings.

 

Issue

People

Sexual Orientation

Sexual orientation
Homosexuality
– Religious aspects – Judaism

Lesbianism
– Religious aspects – Judaism

Homosexuality, male
– Religious aspects – Judaism

Bisexuality
– Religious aspects
Heterosexuality
Homosexuality in the Bible

Gays
Gay men
Lesbians
Jewish gays
Jewish lesbians
Jewish gay men
Lesbian rabbis
Bisexuals
Bisexual men
Bisexual women

Sexual Identity

Gender identity
Transsexualism
Hermaphroditism
-- Religious aspects
Intersexuality

Transsexuals
Female-to-male transsexuals
Transvestites

Find resources on the shelf

Judaism. Special topics. Homosexuality/Gays/LesbiansBM 729 H6.5Bible. Topics. HomosexualityBS 680 H6.7BisexualityHQ 74 - 74.2.Homosexuality including LesbianismHQ 75 - 76.95TransvestismHQ 76.97 - 77.2TranssexualismHQ 77.7 - 77.95.Same-sex marriageHQ 1033 - 1034

Online Resources

Jewish

Virtual Resources Center (VRC) 
A project of the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation (an initiative of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion - the Virtual Resource Center requires free registration) 
http://elearning.huc.edu/jhvrc/

Jewish Mosaic
The National Jewish Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity 
http://www.jewishmosaic.org/

World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Jews, Keshet Ga'ava
http://www.glbtjews.org/

GayJews.org
http://members.tripod.com/~djs28/

General

PFLAG (Parents, families, friends of lesbians and gays)
http://www.pflag.org

PFLAG Transgender network
http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=380

Same-Sex Marriage : a selective bibliography of the legal literature
http://law-library.rutgers.edu/SSM.html

People with a History : An Online Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* History
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/pwh/

While the Library thinks that these sites are useful, their content is not under our control and may express views that are not shared by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Searching Jewish Databases

RAMBI

subject = Homosexuality
use keyword searches for: transsexual, transgender, hermaphrodites

Index to Jewish Periodicals

subject = Homosexuality ; Lesbians
use title keyword searches for: transsexual, transgender, hermaphrodites

While the Library thinks that these sites are useful, their content is not under our control and may express views that are not shared by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

If you have any further questions about finding information on this, or any other topic, ask your local HUC-JIR librarian or email  us.