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LGBT Research Guides

G/L/B/T Rights Web Sites


  • AIDS Legal Bibliography--Compiled by Prof. Arthur Leonard, NY Law School, June 4, 1997
  • Webber's Website--an AIDS/HIV law and policy resource. This website is intended to enhance understanding of the legal and policy issues posed by the AIDS pandemic
  • QueerLaw--QUEERLAW is a list devoted to discussion, analysis and promulgation of queer legal theory and all other aspects of sexual orientation and the law.

Electronic Journals

Human Rights

  • Gay & Lesbian International Lobby Founded in 1994, the purpose of the Lobby is to work in international connections to improve the political and social emancipation
  • Human Rights Campaign--the largest national lesbian and gay political organization. The HRC envisions an America where lesbian and gay people are ensured of their basic equal rights
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force--a leading progressive civil rights organization that supports grassroots organizing and advocacy
  • Public Scandals: Sexual Orientation and Criminal Law in Romania A report by Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) was founded in 1990 to fill the gap between the international human rights movement and the gay rights movement, neither of which fully addressed human rights violations against sexual minorities. They combine traditional human rights techniques such as monitoring, documenting, advocating, and public policy development with grassroots organizing and supporting groups in developing countries.



Organizations & Associations

Prisoner Rights Web Sites
  • Actual Innocence Awareness database - contains news and scholarly articles on wrongful convictions and reform efforts. Maintained by the University of Texas School of Law. This page is RSS-enabled.
  • American Civil Liberties Union Prisoners Assistance Directory(2008) - A guide to organizations in each state that work on prisoners' rights issues. A downloadable PDF document.
  • Directory of State Prison Libraries - Directory prepared by Maryland Correctional Education Libraries (Glennor Shirley). It was developed to improve communication among librarians working in state correctional libraries and to serve as a resource and networking aid. It includes names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, email addresses, and employing agencies of librarians working in adult and juvenile correctional libraries.
  • The Innocence Network - An affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions. Information on the website includes: briefs on post-conviction innocence claims, a list of member organizations, and information on the annual conference.
  • Innocence Project - The Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, created by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld in 1992, is a non-profit legal clinic. This Project handles only cases where postconviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. The Project’s website has a wealth of information on the specific cases they are handling and the topic of innocence generally including:
  • The Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook  - This publication (download in PDF) addresses “how to bring a federal lawsuit to challenge violations of your rights in prison.” This is published with the support of the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Lawyers Guild and the Columbia Human Rights Review.
  • Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC) - Source for progressive and radical information on prisons and the criminal prosecution system.
  • Prisoner Rights Resources - by Margaret Moreland at Pace Law School.
  • Prisoners’ Rights – This overview of prisons and prisoners’ rights information from the Cornell Legal Information Institute includes federal and state information as well as links to additional websites.
  • Prisoners’ Rights Organizations – a list of non-profit organizations focused on prisoners’ rights issues, maintained by the Chicago Kent College of Law.
  • Resources for Managing Habeas Corpus Review of Capital Convictions – from the Federal Judicial Center. This 32-page document covers management of cases involving federal habeas corpus review of state and federal capital convictions. It provides a summary of relevant law and case-management procedures used by federal courts in these cases. Appendices to the guide include case-management plans, general procedure orders, budgeting forms, scheduling orders, other forms, and a list of additional resources.
Other Library and Legal Association Social Responsibilities Web Sites
  • AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities -- purpose: "to promote the communication of ideas, interests and activities among members of the Section and to make recommendations to the Association on matters concerning Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities."
  • ABA Division for Public Services -- "providing staff support and expertise for attorney-sponsored programs and activities that lend focus, voice and visibility to the Association's public services role."
  • ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table(GLBTRT)--gay, lesbian & bisexual professional organization
  • ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table--provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a channel of communications on intellectual freedom matters; promotes a greater opportunity for involvement among the members of the ALA in defense of intellectual freedom; promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom
  • ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table--works to make ALA more democratic and to establish progressive priorities not only for the Association, but also for the entire profession. Concern for human and economic rights was an important element in the founding of SRRT and remains an urgent concern today. SRRT believes that libraries and librarians must recognize and help solve social problems and inequities in order to carry out their mandate to work for the common good and bolster democracy.
  • IFLA Social Responsibilities Discussion Group -- goals from a document dated Aug. 2000: "For the first 2 years, primary focus will be on the theme of the growing gap between the library rich and poor both between and within countries. Subthemes will include equality of access to electronic information, rural library development, the problem of fees for service, the library's role in literacy initiatives, and North-South library cooperation."