Resources For and About LGBTQIA Students


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About this Guide

This guide provides information for and about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) people, as well as links to related support, financial resources, legal resources, and frequently asked questions (FAQ). Use the tabs above to navigate through the pages of this guide.

SBCC Resources

Paper Writing Assistance

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The SBCC Learning Resource Center Writing Tools Online

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Library Resources

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Reference Sources

  • Credo Reference – Encyclopedias, dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, and other reference books


  • Library Catalog (books+) – Search SBCC’s library catalog to find print books and online ebooks.
  • LAMBDA Literary Awards – The Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world.


To find articles from periodicals (newspapers, magazines, and academic journals), search the library databases below:

  • Academic Search Complete – Magazine and journal articles
  • CQ Researcher – Pro/con articles on current events
  • Gender Watch – Unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas, including archival material, dating back to 1970 in some cases; this database is a repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women’s movement, men’s studies, the transgendered community and the changes in gender roles over the years.
  • Newspapers – National and international newspapers

American Library Association

Local Resources


Additional Resources

  • Advocates for Youth: LGBTQ Research Guide
    Advocates for Youth partners with youth leaders, adult allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information; accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth.
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: The Center for Transyouth Health and Development
    The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles promotes healthy futures for transgender youth by providing services, research, training, and capacity building that is developmentally informed, affirmative, compassionate, and holistic for gender nonconforming children and transgender youth.
  • Gender Spectrum
    Gender Spectrum provides education, training, and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.
    GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality
    The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration, and empowerment. NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who saw the urgent need for a consistent voice in Washington, DC for transgender people.
  • Transforming Family
    A Los Angeles based family support group creating a positive environment for children, adolescents, and their families to explore issues of gender identity.
  • TransYouth Family Allies
    TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.
  • Welcoming Schools
    Welcoming Schools offers professional development tools, lessons aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and many additional resources for elementary schools on:
    * Embracing family diversity
    * Avoiding gender stereotyping and affirming gender
    * Ending bullying and name-calling

Transgender Violence

SBCC Legal Resources

SBCC is pleased to offer access to an attorney for FREE legal education and advice to SBCC’s currently enrolled students. The attorney is located on the main campus in the Office of Student Life (CC-217) on Wednesdays from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM by appointment, and drop-ins are seen if time permits. Students can call (805) 730-4062 or email, to schedule an appointment.

The attorney can speak with students about criminal matters, immigration issues, landlord/tenant/roommate disputes, consumer issues, family law, traffic tickets, personal injury, credit/debt problems, small claims, and other areas of law. The service is not available for students experiencing an issue with another student, or with the college. Contact the Office of Student Life to schedule an appointment today.

Local Legal Resources

General Legal Resources

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): LGBT Rights
    For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Transgender Law Center
    Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Gender-Neutral Restrooms

Citation Guidelines

Below are some resources for creating citations for sources found on the internet and through library databases.
More resources are available on the Citation Guides page.

Legal Citation

MLA 8th Edition Citation Style from Purdue Owl

MLA 8th Edition Citation Style from Camosun College

APA Citation Style from Purdue Owl

APA Citation Style from Camosun College