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Africana Studies Subject Guide — Gender + Sexuality

Interdisciplinary guide for Africana/African American Studies

Gender + Sexuality

This page features a small selection of UConn library and external resources to support learning and research pertaining to Gender & Sexuality Studies. This list is meant to be exploratory and is not a comprehensive representation or list of the library's holdings.

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Notes on Terms

Gender Identity vs. Sex vs. Sexual Orientation

Gender identity, sex, and sexual orientation are separate identity experiences that are frequently conflated with one another.

Gender identity is a person’s internal sense and expression of self. A person may identify their gender as woman, man, genderqueer, agender, or something else. A person's gender identity may or may not be in accord with their physical anatomy or expected societal roles.

Sex refers to the physiological or biological characteristics used to medically classify an individual as female, male, or intersex.


Photo: Gladys Bentley (1907-1960) by an unidentified photographer, circa 1930. Bentley was a prominent blues pianist, singer, performer, and drag king pioneer of the Harlem Renaissance. Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Link

Black Gender & Sexuality

Black Feminist & Womanist Thought

Black Masculinity


Black Queer & LGBTQ+ Studies