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LGBTQIA+ Health: Finding LGBTQ+ Research


Searching for medical research about LGBTQIA+ people can be complicated; the language that we use to describe ourselves may change over time, and the language used by the community may also differ from what is used by medical providers. You may want to try a mix of keywords and subject headings when doing a search. Because clinical research is generally done on specific populations (i.e., men who sleep with men), umbrella acronyms like "LGBT" or "LGBTQIA" or "GLBT" might not always find good results.


Pubmed includes filters for:

  • LGBT+
  • Bisexual
  • Women who have sex with Women (WSW)
  • Men who have sex with Men (MSM)
  • Trans*.

Additionally, the following MeSH terms may be useful:

  • “Sexual and Gender Minorities”[Mesh]
  • "Intersex Persons"[Mesh]
  • "Transgender Persons"[MeSH]
  • "Bisexuality"[MeSH]
  • "Homosexuality, Male"[MeSH]
  • "Homosexuality, Female"[MeSH]
  • "Health Services for Transgender Persons"[MeSH]
  • "Health Disparity, Minority and Vulnerable Populations"[Mesh]


CINAHL has a number of subject headings that could be helpful:

  • LGBTQ+ Persons [CINAHL]
  • Bisexuals [CINAHL]
  • Gay Persons  [CINAHL]
  • Gender Affirmation Surgery [CINAHL]
  • Gender Affirmation Procedures [CINAHL]

Primo Catalog

The following subject headings are useful when searching the catalog for books. GU's resources are limited, so make sure you are expanding your search to Summit Libraries in order to find materials from other libraries:

Other Databases

Statistics & Data