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Finding Out

Finding Out
An Introduction to LGBTQ Studies

Fourth Edition

August 2022 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Finding Out, Fourth Edition introduces readers to lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer (LGBTQ) studies. By combining accessible introductory and explanatory material with primary texts and artifacts, this text/reader explores the development and growth of LGBTQ identities and the interdisciplinary nature of sexuality studies. Now available in a digital ebook format, the fourth edition has been thoroughly updated to include a new chapter on "Trans Lives and Theories", and new readings. Chapters include more discussions of important and current issues in LGBTQ studies such as the emergence of non-binary identities, and issues of race and class, making Finding Out, Fourth Edition an even more comprehensive introduction to the field.
Section I: Histories and Politics
Chapter 1 Before Identity
Chapter 2 Sexology in the 19th Century
Chapter 3 Sexology, Activism, And Science in the 20th And 21st Centuries
Chapter 4 Imagining Liberation
Section II: Theories and Interventions
Chapter 5 Queer Normalization and Beyond
Chapter 6 Queer Diversities
Chapter 7 Trans Lives & Theories
Chapter 8 Intersectionalities
Section III Representations
Chapter 9 Queer and Trans Literatures
Chapter 10 Visual and Performing Arts
Chapter 11 Film and Television
Chapter 12 Digitally Queer and Trans
Conclusion: Queer and Trans Cultures: the Search for Queer Space

"The best, most comprehensive, most accessible /introduction/ to LGBTQ studies available on the market today."

Justin A. Martin
University of Tennessee at Martin

"Well written and comprehensive. I don't know of any other text that is as comprehensive for introductory queer studies."

Andy Wible
Muskegon Community College

While I have decided to not adopt it on our reading list, I will be suggesting it as a supplementary text for those students wanting to independently study the history of LGBTQ+ issues.

This text a very well considered, well written and offers an appropriate and concise introduction to LGBTQ+ studies.

Mr Matt James Townsend
Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University
December 20, 2023
Key features


  • New chapter 7 explores the topic of trans lives and theories, with new primary sources.
  • A completely reorganized structure brings together important discussions of history, politics, culture, and representations of LGBTQ people in a coherent and intellectually stimulating fashion.
  • Thoroughly updated content includes recent and relevant historical, political, social, and cultural developments, issues, and research, particularly focusing on national and international developments in the last four years.
  • Expanded discussions and enhanced analyses of key topics and theories, including queer theory, offer a robust exploration of the field.
  • Comprehensive overviews of current, important issues in LGBTQ studies present a more complete introduction to LGBTQ studies.


  • Context—taken from history, literature and the arts, media, politics, and more—provides a framework for student understanding.
  • An accessible writing style and carefully structured textual material give readers an easy-to-understand introduction to an otherwise complex emerging field of study.
  • Lambda Links connect chapter topics to similar content in another chapter to help facilitate analysis and discussion.
  • A collection of primary source readings within each chapter strengthen foundational concepts and contextualize key topics—all related to LGBTQ rights and issues.
  •  "Find Out More" notes direct readers to relevant studies and information within each chapter.
  • Discussion questions and suggestions for further reading encourage readers to continue their own exploration of the many contexts in which same-sex desires and gender variance exist.
  • Boldfaced terms in each chapter are defined in the glossary to ensure readers accurately understand and know how to appropriately use common LGBTQ terms.

Addition of new chapter 7 on trans.

Old chapter 5 eliminated, and material incorporated into new chapters 2 and 3.

New titles for several chapters: 2, 3, 4, 9, 12, Conclusion.

Chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5 of 3rd edition split and incorporated into new chapters 2, 3, and 4.

All chapters updated to reflect national and international events from 2016-22.

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