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LGBT History: Reference Materials

A guide for members of the Simmons community interested in learning about the history of the LGBT+ community in the US

Reference Materials

If you would like to read a brief summary of an event, movement, or important person in LGBT+ history, an encyclopedia can be a good place to start. If you have questions about a term used in any of the resources in the following pages, the glossaries listed below can provide current definitions, while the encyclopedias can offer more detailed discussions of the term.



There is a lot of terminology within the LGBT+ community, and it is constantly evolving. The glossaries below are intended to provide an overview of the currently accepted terms and their definitions. Each of the glossaries listed below is intended for a different set of users, and each has a slightly different set of terms and definitions. These terms and definitions are current and accurate as of December 2017.