2SLGBTQIA+ Research Guide

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Welcome! This is a research guide for 2SLGBTQIA+ studies. It’s a compilation of some of the material available from the Leddy Library, as well as some wider community and online resources related to queer and gender studies. Within each section of this guide, there’s an explanation on what the type of material can be used for, and the resources are laid out A-Z by title.

Language Acknowledgement

Before we get into it, there is the matter of language. The language surrounding gender and sexuality studies changes over time and can be ephemeral. Some of the language present in the material and throughout this guide may be seen as offensive or uncomfortable. The historical and archival material linked throughout this guide may contain terms which are out of use or simply offensive these days. However, they were included due to their utility in understanding the historical context of queer experience. The language used in the guide itself has tried to be as inclusive as possible, but everyone’s experiences and feelings are different. As such you may personally encounter language which is uncomfortable or harmful within the material presented here. So, you might want to consider how to access these resources in a way which reduces the harm to yourself. There is a community resources section within this research guide which has links to organizations providing mental health services, and groups which host gatherings to discuss feelings and concerns with peers. Please practice care for yourself in your studies!

Land Acknowledgement

I would like to acknowledge that the University of Windsor resides on the territories of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi [Bodéwadmi] who make up the Three Fires Council. I (the writer of this guide) am non-Indigenous and am also living on these same lands. As an uninvited presence, like many others, I feel it is imperative that we educate ourselves on the history and protocols of these territories and its stewards. What this also includes is decolonizing our ideas of gender and sexuality. What is it to be a queer person on unceded land, or on treaty land? How does queerness subvert or uphold the white colonial state? What are you doing to actively decolonize your ideas of research and scholarship? This guide seeks to aid in finding a path towards some answers to those questions but it is not comprehensive, and does not speak on behalf of any Indigenous peoples or individuals.

The links below are some resources to learn more about Indigenous history and culture. While you go through this guide consider how you can bring what you learn about decolonial practice and indigenizing into your own research.

Anishinabek Nation

Native Land

Our Hearts Are as One Fire: An Ojibway-Anishinabe Vision for the Future by Jerry Fontaine

Three Fires Council

Research guide created by Kawmadie Karunanayake.

Photo by Teddy Österblom on Unsplash.

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