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Can you help me compile a list of top resources on sexual identification issues?

Asked by janbb (54521points) February 15th, 2011

As part of the Ally program, I have volunteered to compile a list of web and print resources on gender and sexual identification issues for the library at which I work. If you have used any resources in your own searching for identity or know of any particularly great resources, I would like to hear about them for my review. This is for a college library, but I would like the bibliography to be used by both students doing research or students who are questioning. Any input would be appreciated. Feel free to PM me if you prefer.

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iamthemob's avatar

I’ve rarely heard “identification issues” rather than “identity issues.” I love it – transfers the obsession to society rather than making it a personality disorder for the person.

These two are great individuals to start off with:

Anne Fausto Sterling – this is her Brown CV site. She wrote “Sexing the Body” – it covers the biological and social components of the intersex issue.

Kate Bornstein – transrebel – this is her site for teens.

Here are two sites of LGBT legal professionals – they often provide interesting resource links:

The National LGBT Bar


For diversity, here are two sites dedicated to gay christians: &, as well as the gay republican site,

Here is the UK internet portal on LGBT history.

Here is the online LGBT cultural portal.

Here is the National Gay and Lesbian (and transgendered) Task Force.

Here is the LGBT historical society

Good as You is on the gay marriage issue – which plays into this a bit when we’re considering men and women and their traditional roles. It’s humorous and also links out to everyone on the opposing side (well, the major ones).

Finally, here’s Understanding Prejudice – they have an interesting section on ambivalent sexism

janbb's avatar

That’s a great help @iamthemob ! I was hoping you would weigh in.

SmashTheState's avatar

Don’t forget about AVEN, the Asexual Visibility and Education Network. Asexuality is often totally ignored despite the fact that it’s identified as a form of genderqueerness according to Queer Theory, and a 2004 UK study suggests that as much as 1% of the population may be asexual, a number much larger than anyone expected. Even (and especially) the LGBTQ community disregards us because, to quote one person who told me I wasn’t really part of their community, I’ll never get beaten for not holding anyone’s hand when I’m walking down the street.

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marinelife's avatar

This source has a list of reviewed books labelled as “best”. It is a University site.

janbb's avatar

Thanks for the help all! Any additional suggestions more than welcome.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I can’t think of any websites off the top of my head. All my education came from people, months and months of it and from lived experiences.

iamthemob's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir – Does that mean, @Simone_De_Beauvoir – that you are offering yourself up as a top internet resource? ;-)

iamthemob's avatar

@janbb – I would take her up on the @janbb – and just as a side note, you should know that she and I are neighbors…;-)

downtide's avatar

I’m in the same position as @Simone_De_Beauvoir – can’t think of any specific or general websites.

I can make at least one reccoomendation on the subject of female-to-male transsexuality: “Becoming a Visible Man” by Jamison Green. Very good book.

janbb's avatar

As a thank you to all, here is a quote from this morning’s research:

“It never ceases to surprise me that at a time when our world faces massive problems such as war, disease, hunger, and starvation some people should be spending so much time and energy on sexual orientation, determined to discriminate against others because of their sexual orientation. I believe that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) community has the same rights and freedoms as anyone else in our world. We are not free until we are all free.”

—Bishop Desmond Tutu

downtide's avatar

That’s a great quote.

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