LGBTQ+ populations have been historically marginalized socially, politically, and academically. Because of this history of marginalization, anyone researching LGBTQ+ issues or populations should be aware of potential historical biases that may influence materials otherwise considered "scholarly." This guide contains many non-peer reviewed academic resources because journals may have rejected or not published materials relating to LGBTQ+ issues, and thus, the most robust collections on LGBTQ+ issues and people are not "traditionally academic." Sources that are published in peer-reviewed journals may still contain historical biases against LGBTQ+ people.
Use of "scholarly" to refer to peer-reviewed sources is a narrow view of academic writing that has been used to continue to marginalize underrepresented groups, and so we encourage anyone with questions about the credibility or legitimacy of sources to contact a librarian for discussion.