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This legal research guide provides information on legal issues relevant to the LGBT community.

General Information

About This Guide

This guide provides legal information relevant to the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ stands for and includes:

  • Lesbian
  • Gay
  • Bisexual
  • Transgender
  • Queer or Questioning

The resources in this guide address the unique legal challenges confronted by the LGBTQ community. These include same-sex marriage, gender marker changes, and discrimination.

LGBT-related titles available at the State Law Library

Federal Law

There are two important pieces that make up the law about LGBTQ rights. One piece is the statutes, which are the written laws that make up the United States Code. The other piece is the rulings by courts that say what these statutes mean and who they apply to. The courts also decide whether the statutes violate people's rights and should be struck down.

Supreme Court opinions especially have a big impact on what the law means for LGBTQ people.

Federal Statutes

Important Supreme Court Cases

Since 2000, the Supreme Court has decided several "landmark" cases about LGBTQ rights. The cases listed below were historically important and had a large impact on the law.

Certiorari Denied

The Supreme Court has also denied certiorari for several cases related to LGBTQ-rights. This means that the Court refused to hear the case, leaving the previous ruling from the lower court in place.

Changes in the Law

The law affecting LGBTQ rights is constantly changing. It can be hard to keep up with new developments! The links below track pending lawsuits and proposed legislation about LGBTQ issues.

Blogs and Publications

Texas Legal Organizations

These organizations are active in promoting legal rights, research, and awareness in Texas. They are great sources of information for how the law affects LGBTQ Texans.

National Legal Organizations

These organizations are active in promoting legal rights, research, and awareness at the national level. 

E-Books from the Texas State Law Library

You can borrow the e-books below with your library account. Don't have a library account? Texas residents can register for a library account online! Learn more about how to register online.

Books at the Texas State Law Library

Below are some of the library resources aimed at practitioners that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Texas State Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have any questions about these materials.