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LGBTQIA Scholarship Roundup for February 22nd, 2017

By Emilia Marcyk

Current scholarship and academic news addressing LGBTQIA identities and concerns, of interest to librarians, educators, and information professionals.


Alessi, Edward J., et al. “The First-Year University Experience for Sexual Minority Students: A Grounded Theory Exploration.” Journal of LGBT Youth, vol 14, iss. 1, 2017, pp. 71-92. URL:

The authors conducted interviews and focus groups with 21 LGBTQQ sophomores at a single university. Findings indicate the importance of early training and networking with these students to build resilience.

Cocciolo, Anthony. “Community Archives in the Digital Era: A Case from the LGBT Community.” Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture, vol. 45, iss. 4, 2017, pp. 157-65. URL:

This paper looks at an online archive developed by Front Runners New York, an LGBT running club. There were numerous challenges associated with creating the archive, ranging from technical to social; solutions are offered for those challenges that were resolved.

Galarza, Jayleen, et al. “Serving Our (in)Visible Elders: The Impact of a LGBTQ+ Aging Presentation on a Rural College Campus.” Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, vol. 29, iss. 1, 2017, pp. 25-40. URL:

This study looks at the impact that an invited speaker at a rural college campus had on knowledge about LGBTQ aging.

Meerwijk, Esther L. and Jae M. Sevelius. “Transgender Population Size in the United States: A Meta-Regression of Population-Based Probability Samples.” American Journal of Public Health, vol. 107, iss. 2, 2017, pp. 1-8. URL:

This study attempts to estimate the current number of transgender individuals living in the United States, as well as show population trends over time. The researchers conducted a large-scale analysis of the literature estimating transgender population size, and concluded that there are likely nearly 1 million transgender adults in the US, more than previously estimated.

Call for Papers

Women’s Studies Quarterly is looking for articles for a special issue on Beauty. From the WSQ website:

We are seeking papers that take a critical and transgressive approach to gendered and sexualized conceptions of beauty. What is gendered beauty? How can we know that something is beautiful? Is the pursuit of beauty a fruitful endeavor in gender and sexuality studies? How is beauty being redefined, especially in light of race, disability, class, gender, sexuality and economics? How are dominant beauty regimes steeped in racism, gender binaries, sexism, able-bodiedness, homophobia, colonialism, and capitalism? How do marginalized communities engage in beauty practices as forms of survival and resistance? How does beauty undergird countercultural movements? What is the relationship between beauty and aesthetics?

Submissions are due to the issue editor by March 15, 2017. Additional information is available on WSQ’s website.

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