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This introductory guide provides information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities.


LGBTQ is an acronym, a group of letters that represent a group of words.

You may have heard it from friends, coworkers, media, daily conversations, or readings, etc. LGBTQ is an acronym with a lot of meaning, a lot of interpretations, and a lot of history.

LGBTQ is often used to refer to all of the communities of people who identify themselves by this term. Each letter represents the following:

Queer or Questionin


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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in America face discrimination in their daily lives.  A majority of states don’t have explicit laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.  While more states every year strive to pass laws to protect their citizens from discrimination and advance LGBTQ equality, we continue to see lawmakers sponsor bills that invoke religion, pre-empt local protections, and target transgender and nonbinary people to allow, and in some cases mandate, discrimination.

 All people, including those who are LGBTQ, should be treated fairly and equally by the laws of their state and should have the opportunity to earn a living, access housing and healthcare, and participate fully in society.

You can access the ACLU page for a list of active bills affecting LGBTQ rights. They are updated every week.


Explore a glossary of terms associated with the LGBTQ community from the Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center, Inc.

Human Rights Campaign

Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBT equality in Nebraska alongside state and local groups and lawmakers.

LGBT Rights - ACLU of Nebraska

ACLU of Nebraska fights discrimination and moves public opinion through the courts, legislatures, and public education across five issue areas:

  • Relationships
  • Youth and Schools
  • Parenting
  • Gender Identity and Expression
  • Discrimination in Employment, Housing and other areas


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eBooks + Books

Discover eBook collections or find print books/materials through the catalog for each campus:


Suggested Websites


Works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the constitution and laws of the United States.


Gay news - commentary, arts & entertainment, health, parenting, and politics

Equality Federation

Winning equality in the communities we call home.


The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation


Mapping LGBT Equality in America

LGBTQ+ College Student Guide from Intelligent 

For college students: find tools to identify the right schools, an overview of common challenges, tips for applying, and details on the federal laws that protect the LGBTQ student.


Parents, Families and Friends and Allies of Lesbians and Gays

PFLAG Cornhusker (Lincoln)

Parents, Families and Friends and Allies of Lesbians and Gays for Lincoln.

PFLAG Omaha (Omaha)

Parents, Families and Friends and Allies of Lesbians and Gays for Omaha.

PFLAG Kearney (Link to Facebook Page)

Parents, Families and Friends and Allies of Lesbians and Gays for Omaha for Kearney.

PFLAG South Central (Hastings) (Link to Facebook Page)

Parents, Families and Friends and Allies of Lesbians and Gays for Hastings. 




Karen McCrocklin is on a mission to celebrate the gift of being gay. As a storyteller, writer and radio host, she is committed to changing the narrative to include the idea that LGBT people are here to elevate the collective consciousness and teach us about how we are more alike than we are different. Karen also believes that being born a lesbian is the best thing that could have ever happened to her.