This is an ongoing project from the Standing Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues of the Social Responsibilities Section of the American Association of Law Libraries. For more about this work, see editorial information or the history of the project below.


The Bibliography is currently updated through works published in 2011; works published in 2012 are in the queue -ed

Most Recent 25 Additions to the Bibliography


Courtney G. Joslin, Searching for Harm: Same-Sex Marriage and the Well-Being of Children. 46 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 81-101 (2011).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (free)

More on: children, constitutional analysis, constitutional law, Perry, same-sex marriage

Marisa Nelson, IRS Moves toward Income Tax Equality for Same-Sex Couples despite DOMA. 45 U.S.F. L. Rev. 1145-1172 (2011).
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More on: constitutional analysis, constitutional law, DOMA, IRS, tax, taxation

Adam Candeub & Mae Kuykendall, Modernizing Marriage. 44 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 735-796 (2011).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | Digital Commons (free)

More on: marriage, marriage procedures, Proposition 8, proxy marriage, same-sex marriage

Peter Nicolas, Common Law Same-Sex Marriage. 43 Conn. L. Rev. 931-947 (2011).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | Connecticut Law Review (free)

More on: common law marriage, same-sex marriage

CT Turney, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, and Your Queer: The Need and Potential for Advocacy for LGBTQ Immigrant Detainees. 58 UCLA L. Rev. 1343-1388 (2011).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | UCLA Law Review (free)

More on: advocacy, constitutional analysis, constitutional law, detention, immigration, poverty

Scott Titshaw, A Modest Proposal to Deport the Children of Gay Citizens, & Etc.: Immigration Law, the Defense of Marriage Act and the Children of Same-Sex Couples. 25 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 407-485 (2011).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | BePress Selected Works (free)

More on: children, DOMA, immigration, same-sex marriage

Mindy Jane Roseman & Alice M. Miller, Symposium, Normalizing Sex and Its Discontents: Establishing Sexual Rights in International Law. 34 Harv. J.L. & Gender 313-375 (2011).
HeinOnline | Westlaw | Institutional Repository (free)

More on: homophobia, human rights, identity, identity-based discrimination, international law

Rachel M. Schupp-Star, The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption: The Need for a Uniform Standard for Intercountry Adoption by Homosexuals. 16 Roger Williams U.L. Rev. 139-170 (2011).
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More on: adoption, best interests, international adoption, same-sex parents

Meidinger, Michael H., Peeking Under the Covers: Taking a Closer Look at Prosecutorial Decision-Making Involving Queer Youth and Statutory Rape. 32 B.C. J.L. & Soc. Just. 421- (2012).
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More on: criminal justice, juveniles, prosecutorial discretion, statutory rape, youth

Wilson, Robin Fretwell, The Calculus of Accommodation: Contraception, Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage, and Other Clashes Between Religion and the State. 53 B.C. L. Rev. 1417- (2012).
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More on: ACA, accommodation, legislation, negotiation, religious liberty

Alsgaard, Decoupling Marriage and Procreation: A Feminist Argument for Same-Sex Marriage. 27 Berkeley J. Gender L. & Just. 307- (2012).
HeinOnline | Westlaw | Berkeley Journal of Gender Law & Justice site (free)

More on: adoption, ART, history, marriage, procreation

Barth, Jay, Is False Imputation of Being Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Still Defamatory? The Arkansas Case. 34 U. Ark. Little Rock L. REv. 527- (2012).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | Institutional Repository (free)

More on: Arkansas, community standards, defamation

Yoshino, Kenji, The "Civil" Courts: The Case of Same-Sex Marriage. 54 Ariz. L. Rev. 469-480 (2012).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | Arizona Law Review (free)

More on: civility, political campaigns, public discourse, same-sex marriage

Nordberg, Erica, Ignoring Human Rights for Homosexuals: Gross Violations of International Obligations in Cameroon. 27 Am. U. Int'l L.Rev. 439-472 (2012).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | American University International Law Review (free)

More on: Article 347, Cameroon, criminal law, ICCPR

Cain, Patricia A., LGBT Rights: Toward a More Perfect Union: The New York Marriage Equality Act and the Income Tax. 5 Alb. Gov't L. Rev. 634-650 (2012).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | Santa Clara Law Digital Commons (free)

More on: Marriage Equality Act, NY, symposium, tax rates

Mallory, Christy, and Brad Sears, An Evaluation of Local Laws Requiring Government Contractors to Adopt LGBT-Related Workplace Policies. 5 Alb. Gov't L. Rev. 478-551 (2012).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | Albany Government Law Review (free)

More on: benefits, EBO, empirical, local laws, Nashville, Seattle, study, symposium

Nosanchuk, Matthew S., The Endurance Test: Executive Power and the CIvil RIghts of LGBT Americans. 5 Alb. Gov't L. Rev. 440-477 (2012).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | Albacy Government Law Review (free)

More on: DOJ, Federal employment, Frank Kameny, history, symposium

Johnson, Jeh C., LGBT Rights: Toward a More Perfect Union: Introduction: Implementation of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal. 5 Alb. Gov't L. Rev. 407-421 (2012).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | Albany Government Law Review (free)

More on: DADT, Gates, General Counsel of the DoD, intermediate scrutiny, military, oral history, repeal, symposium, Witt v. Department of the Air Force

Adair, Jessica L., In a League of Their Own: The Case for Intersex Athletes. 18 Sports Lawyers J. 121-151 (2011).
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More on: athletes, Caster Semenya, gender, intersex

Buzuvis, Erin E., Transgender Student-Athletes and Sex-Segregated Sport: Developing Policies of Inclusion for Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Athletics. 21 Seton Hall J. Sports & Ent. L. 1-59 (2011).
HeinOnline | LexisNexis | Westlaw | SSRN (free)

More on: sex-segregated sports, transgender athletes, transsexual athletes

Landsittel, Sue, Strange Bedfellows? Sex, Religion and Transgender Identity Under Title VII. 104 Nw. U.L. Rev. 1147-1177 (2011).
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More on: employment, GID, Schroer v. Billington, Title VII, transgender

Tweedy, Ann E., Polyamory as a Sexual Orientation. 79 U. Cin. L.Rev. 1461- (2011).
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More on: definitions, employment discrimination, polyamory, sexual orientation

Rogers, John, The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Struggle with Same-Sex Marriage. 23 Regent U.L. Rev. 97- (2011).
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More on: California, Canada, DOMA, Proposition 8, same-marriage

Rains, Robert E., DOMA and the Social Security Act: An Odd Couple Begetting Disfavored Children. 55 St. Louis L.J. 811- (2011).
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More on: children, dependents, DOMA, same-sex marriage

Cruz, David B., Sexual Judgments: Full Faith and Credit and the Relational Character of Legal Sex. 46 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L.Rev. 51- (2011).
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More on: Full faith and credit, gender, intersex, same-sex marriage, sex, transgender



A special division of the American Association of Law Libraries' Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section, the Standing Committee was called into existence in 1985 to raise the profile of the profession's LGBT members, as well as to encourage libraries "to acquire legal materials on the role of lesbian and gay people in society."

The first step toward convincing librarians to make any materials available is to show them what exists to be collected at all. With this thought the Standing Committee undertook in 1987 to organize and publicize articles and documents addressing core issues concerning the intersection of law, sexual orientation, and—albeit belatedly—gender identity. These efforts achieved a significant milestone in 1994 with the publication in Law Library Journal of the then-current version.

2006 Publication:

2006 saw the revisioning of this ongoing task with the publication by Hein of SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND THE LAW: A RESEARCH BIBLIOGRAPHY as AALL Publication #74 (ISBN 083770166X; 9780837701660). This almost-500 page volume covering literature through 2005 includes several features that the Standing Committee hopes will be useful to librarians and their patrons. These include: a fuller account of the bibliography project from its origins in 1987; a scholarly introduction by Brad Sears, Executive Director of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, that places this literature into intellectual, historical and legal perspective; a reprint of the original 1994 bibliography; and 877 new citations that have been annotated by members of the Standing Committee. Annotated citations are indexed by author and principal cited cases.

Web Updates:

The published volume was intended by its editors to be neither complete nor static. For the covered period citations are far from exhaustive, and in any event new materials appear at a prodigious rate. The editors chose to create this website to make available to the public the latest updates to the published volume. New citations will be selected, annotated and posted on a semi-annual basis. While the titles included will predominantly be those that have been published in the preceding six months, pieces that were overlooked in earlier searches will be offered as well. Such retrospective inclusion will be especially helpful for those topics that received only cursory attention in earlier versions, such as gender identity and foreign and comparative law. Future supplements may also see the expanded inclusion of media in new and nontraditional formats other than published articles and books.

Taken together, the published volume and this internet resource offer the interested reader the most comprehensive description to be found anywhere of this topic’s literature. We welcome your comments and suggestions for improvement.