Language changes all the time. Vocabulary shifts with each generation, even within the same culture or social group, and languages evolve as new words develop in line with technology or are borrowed from other languages, while other words fall out of use and are eventually lost.⁣

Last week, my kid’s high school held parent-teacher-conference night, and I met with teachers in person for the first time in several years rather than through a screen (it was an unexpectedly fun time, I have to say). While picking my way through the massive building, I spotted a bulletin board for an LGBTQIA+ club and learned about homosaurus.org, an international linked data vocabulary of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) terms.⁣

“The vocabulary is intended to function as a companion to broad subject term vocabularies, such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions are encouraged to use the Homosaurus to support LGBTQ research by enhancing the discoverability of their LGBTQ resources. Designed to serve as a companion to broad subject term vocabularies, the Homosaurus is a robust and cutting-edge vocabulary of LGBTQ-specific terminology that enhances the discoverability of LGBTQ resources.”⁣

If you want to check out or support the Homosaurus, use URL https://homosaurus.org/.

Posted by:kevancoles

K. Evan Coles is a mother and tech pirate by day and a writer by night. She is a dreamer who, with a little hard work and a lot of good coffee, coaxes words out of her head and onto paper. K. lives in the northeast United States, where she complains bitterly about the winters, but truly loves the region and its diverse, tenacious and deceptively compassionate people. You’ll usually find K. nerding out over books, movies and television with friends and family. She’s especially proud to be raising her son as part of a new generation of unabashed geeks. K.’s books explore LGBTQ+ romance in contemporary settings.

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