Are you an editor or proofreader that needs resources for editing and proofreading LGBTQ+ content? Then here’s some books and websites that you might find helpful!
Of course, if in doubt, I’m always happy to answer questions! Just drop me a line.
The Queen’s English, by Chloe O. Davis
This excellent book has hundreds, if not thousands, of words and phrases that are used by the whole spectrum of LGBTQ+ people. Beautifully crafted and wonderfully illustrated, it contains usage notes ideal for editorial professionals. Plus, it looks amazing on your desk!
The A-Z of Gender and Sexuality, by Morgan Lev Edward Holleb
Like The Queen’s English, this book contains hundreds of definitions and usage notes, ideal for editing and proofreading LGBTQ+ content. Each definition contains lots of information about the term and its history and usage.
The ABC’s of LGBT+, by Ashley Mardell
Less of a dictionary, unlike the previous two books, this book goes into more information about sexualities and gender identities, with case studies from people with lived experiences. Ideal for highlighting the differences between gender, sex and sexuality.
It came in for a little bit of criticism at first, but a good reference guide.
The organisations excellent guide to using language.
A similar website from a journalistic organisation.
Do you know of any resources that I have missed? Please let me know!
Nick (he/him) is an editor and proofreader, specialising in LGBTQ+ writing. He is an Intermediate Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and a member of PEN, the Professional Editors Network.
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