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LGBTI law: Home

Subjects: Law

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers  at the University of Oxford studying the rights, legal status, and laws relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) individuals, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for LGBTI law and queer legal theory, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.

LGBTI law : quick start

Among the online resources available to holders of  an Oxford SSO are:

Useful sites on the free web

Finding your way around the Law Bod.
You are always very welcome to ask librarians for directions once you are here - we are larger than we look, with an open shelf collection spreading over 4 floors.

If you are looking for books on the applicable law in England & Wales, these will be on Level 2  (the entrance level). A good starting point might be be Halsbury's Laws. This is the authoritative encyclopaedia of law in England and Wales, and among its many volumes are:

Discrimination 13
Employment  39
Immigration and asylum 57
Marriage and civil partnership    72, 73

The main subject volumes will give you a concise overview of the law, while the footnotes will direct you to the most important cases, legislation and commentary in that area. The print volumes are at  KZ 1 on Level 2. Use the Cumulative Supplement to check for any new developments in the law since the volume was printed Holders of an Oxford SSO can access Halsbury's Laws electronically via LexisLibrary.
For more guidance, please visit the Books page in this guide.

Subject searches to use in SOLO. The results will include both print and electronic resources

Gays -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Gay rights
Homosexuality- law and  legislation
Sex discrimination -- Law and legislation 
Same-sex marriage 
Gay adoption

Homophobia - law and legislation
Hate crimes

Gay liberation movement 

Sexual orientation
Transgender people
Gender identity

Sex -- Religious aspects
Sexual ethics
Sex customs

Many of the above can be filtered by the addition eg of - History  or Cross-cultural studies or Public opinion egt
Sex role -- History; Gender identity -- Cross-cultural studies ; Gay adoption -- Public opinion

If your research interest is in United States law & policy then the Vere Harmsworth Library will also have useful material.

The Bodleian Social Science Library collects both socio-legal material and criminology.

Bodleian History Faculty Library

Related Bodleian guides

Key library