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Research Guides

Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies


Find articles

To find more article databases select Subjects A to Z on the library home page, and choose a discipline such as 'Sexual Diversity Studies,' or consult Popular Databases.

Find films

Use the Media Commons catalogue to search for LGBTQ cinema or try the links below to see listings of items available at the Media Commons. 

You can also stream some movies for free, depending on your location. See the links below. 

Searching the catalogue with subject headings

Use the drop-down menu to the right of the catalogue search box and select "subject" to use Library of Congress subject headings to search the catalogue. Here are a few examples of common subject headings for sexual diversity studies: Gay men, Lesbians, Bisexual men, Sexual orientation, etc...

Subject headings have evolved through history, so for historic materials, you might need to search for outdated terms. For example search for "transexuals" as well as "transgender."

Sexual diversity studies is interdisciplinary, so you might want to combine your term with subject headings specific to your area, like psychology, sociology, film, etc....



This guide was created by Laura Robb. It was substantially revised in 2014 by Jesse Carliner. It includes contributions from Don McLeod, David Fernández, and Sara McDowell. . 

Primary Sources

LGBTQ Online Primary Source Collections

Women and Gender Studies Online Primary Source Collections

These databases may include some LGBTQ content.

For more see Women and Gender Studies.

Primary Sources

LGBTQ Online Primary Source Collections

Women and Gender Studies Online Primary Source Collections

These databases may include some LGBTQ content.

For more see Women and Gender Studies.



Some resources listed are available online; others require site visits.

For a more comprehensive list, see Wikipedia.

If you're looking for additional Greater Toronto Area resources, you can also try Toronto 211's community connection, which lists all LGBTQ groups in the area.



Newspapers & Current Events

Canadian Newspapers

For a more comprehensive introduction to news sources, use Newspapers: Current and Historical.

Use Factiva to search for more news articles. Here's some help with using it. 

Need another newspaper?

Look up the title in LibrarySearch. This will often tell you if we have the paper online, in print, or on microfilm.

Tips:  the title in quotes, as in "globe and mail"

Change "anywhere" to title.

Other news sources

Special Collections @ U of T

Fisher Library

The following collections are highlights from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library relating to LGBTQ history in Canada and around the world. 

U of T Archives

The University of Toronto Archives has archival material relating to LGBTQ history at the University of Toronto and its faculty members. Below are some highlights.

University College Sexual Representation Collection

The Sexual Representation Collection is one of the biggest single University-based research collections of materials relating to sexuality.  As a non-circulating research collection it offers a vast array of materials to researchers interested in the social and legal regulation, production, circulation, and content of sexual representations.  The collection includes thousands of archival materials, including books, art, audio-visual media and unique ephemera, all documenting some aspect of how sex has been represented, and therefore socially, culturally, and historically constructed and contested.

Sub-collections include:

  • Max Allen Collection: The extensive personal papers of Max Allen, former CBC producer and recognized anti-censorship activist who was involved in numerous legal battles to produce sexual representations between the 1970s and 1990s.  An extensive finding guide is available for this collection.
  • SexTV Collection:  approximately 930 books donated by the producers of SexTV after the television channel (previously program) ended production.  The books cover a range of issues related to sexuality, from arts to spirituality and health, and demonstrate the kinds of information being used by producers to create their public programming/media.
  • Book Collection: over 500 books, including monographs (fiction and non-fiction), reports, journals, art books, comics and zines.  The bulk of these materials are erotic fiction, including approximately 230 books published and/or distributed by erotic pulp novel companied from 1953-1986.  Pornography and Censorship are the primary themes of the book collection.
  • Video Collection: this collection is currently being processed, but contains over a thousand pornographic videos on VHS videocassette that were collected for a major research project on pornographic representations of bodies.
  • Scarborough Collection: contains over 1000 VHS videocassettes as well as hundreds of DVDs and numerous pornographic magazines.  All originated from a pornography retail shop that was in operation in Scarborough (a former municipality within Toronto, Ontario, Canada), which closed in the early 1990s.  These materials are divided into research themes and can be used as a case-study and to examine a wide range of questions about the mainstream pornography industry of this era.  An extensive finding guide is available for this collection.
  • Lord Morpheous Collection: Various promotional materials, photographs, and publications having to do with Toronto-based, internationally-active, Lord Morpheous and his career as a bondage photography, practitioner, and educator.  The collection includes digital and print copies of his art work, as well as ephemera, and signed copies of his 2008 How to be Kinky: a Beginner’s guide to BDSM and his 2012 How to be Kinkier: Your Guide to Safe and Sexy BDSM. An extensive finding guide is available for this collection.
  • Tristan Taormino Collection: a small collection of educational and erotic videos produced by Taormino, a leading feminist author, activist and sex educator
  • Annie Sprinkle Collection: a small collection of materials Sprinkle donated to the collection when she gave a talk, including materials on her art projects and ecosexuality movement


Find More Encyclopedias and Dictionaries


To find more, consult the Biography & autobiography research guide. Or search the library catalogue. Examples:

      transgender biography

      lesbians canada biography

      rock hudson biography