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A research guide to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal issues.
Last Updated: May 21, 2014 URL: http://libguides.law.hofstra.edu/LGBTlegalresearch Print Guide RSS Updates

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The Purpose of this Guide

The purpose of this guide is to identify some of the intersections of LGBT people and the law, and how to begin legal research on these issues. The focus is on materials and resources available through the Law Library.

Plan Your Research

Before you start think about and clearly identify the purpose of your research.  Some questions to ask yourself:

How much do you know about your research issue?

Do you want an overview of LGBT and legal issues? or

Do you have a specific legal issue?

What resources do you have available?

What is the outcome of your research (examples: 30 page paper, legal memo, letter)?


Legal Issues

Civil Rights and Discrimination: bullying, denial of service, exclusion

Labor/Employment Law

Family Law:  marriage, divorce, adoption and child custody

Foreign and International Law: treatment in other countries, treaty compliance.

Health Law:  treatment of medical needs, right of visitation.

Emigration and Immigration

These issues interconnect so you may want to look in more than one.  Example, employment discrimination or health / family law.



Think about your Keywords or Index Terms.

For example, this guide is named LGBT but GLBT & LGBTQ are also correct acronyms.

Suggestions for other keywords: 

Homophobia | Homosexual | Gay | Gay Rights | Lesbian | Queer | Queer Theory | Same-sex

Bisexsual | CIS | Gender Identity | Intersexuality | Sex Role | Sexual Orientation | Transexual 

Transgender | Transexual | Transvestite



LGBT Guides / Pathfinders


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