Gay And Lesbian Rights

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Designed to serve as both a one-stop information source and a guide to in-depth exploration, this engaging volume examines the controversial subject of gay and lesbian rights. Thoroughly objective in its presentation, the volume includes a chronology of significant developments in the gay rights movement, biographical sketches of important and influential people, a review of relevant legislation, and excerpts from speeches and articles on both sides of the issue. Selected print and nonprint resource listings ...
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Overview

Designed to serve as both a one-stop information source and a guide to in-depth exploration, this engaging volume examines the controversial subject of gay and lesbian rights. Thoroughly objective in its presentation, the volume includes a chronology of significant developments in the gay rights movement, biographical sketches of important and influential people, a review of relevant legislation, and excerpts from speeches and articles on both sides of the issue. Selected print and nonprint resource listings direct readers to additional information on this complicated, emotional matter. This volume provides solid, useful information that can serve as a foundation for further research and enhanced understanding of this critical issue.\
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Editorial Reviews

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"Most libraries will certainly want this title because it does justice to a current hot topic. Public and undergraduate libraries."

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"Newton takes a sober, balanced approach in addressing this emotionally charged and complex topic. A solid reference for reports and general information."

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It is difficult to ascertain for whom-if anyone-this book would be of value. An attempt to provide an overview of the struggle for homosexual rights is followed by an inconsistent chronology of important events in the gay and lesbian rights movement. Twenty-nine short biographical sketches of some of the most important figures on both sides of the gay and lesbian rights debate provide basic information, but by what criteria were they chosen? Statements and documents culled from a variety of sources provide examples of legislation, comments, and court decisions. Directories of national, state, and local gay and lesbian rights organizations are juxtaposed with an incomplete list of antigay organizations. An inadequate index, a remarkably outdated list of periodicals, an ineffectual glossary, and many errors demonstrate an overwhelming need for editorial control of this overpriced cut-and-paste job. Not recommended; a possible alternative is The Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men: The Basic ACLU Guide to a Gay Person's Rights Southern Illinois Univ. Pr., 1992. 3d ed..-James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.\
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Newton takes a sober, balanced approach in addressing this emotionally charged and complex topic. A 29-page summary of the issues is followed by a chronology that traces the origins of the modern Gay Rights movement to 19th-century Britain and Germany. There is a chapter of biographical sketches, including both pro-and anti-gay rights activists. A ``Statement and Documents'' section features existing and proposed laws concerning gay rights; court decisions; the status of ``domestic partnership'' policies in government and private industry; and the current ``don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue'' Armed Forces policy. Lists of pro-and anti-gay rights organizations and print and nonprint resources are included. A solid reference for reports and general information.-Steve Barker, New York Public Library\
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Provides an overview of the dispute over gay and lesbian rights issues; a chronology of important events in the gay and lesbian rights movement from the 19th century to the present; biographical sketches of important figures on various sides of the debate; and a selection of official documents dealing with the status of the movement in the US today. Includes ample resource lists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)\
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A retired teacher and now full-time writer, Newton provides readers with a handbook touching on all aspects of the gay and lesbian rights movement. It follows the general format of other titles in the Contemporary World Issues series. A 30-page overview of the dispute over gay and lesbian rights is followed by a chronology of events relating to the gay rights movement over the past century. A third section contains biographical sketches of some of the leading figures in the gay and lesbian rights movement, as well as some opposed to the movement. Pat Robertson, an outspoken critic, is profiled alongside Craig Rodwell, the founder of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore in New York City. Barney Frank, Barbara Gittings, Harry Hay, Jesse Helms, and Magnus Hirschfield are examples of others treated. These sketches are followed by "statements and documents," a mixed bag of opinions of individuals and organizations that have appeared in the popular and scholarly press; summaries of existing legislation, regulations, and executive orders dealing with gay rights as well as examples of these laws and regulations; samples of documents dealing with legal and corporate provisions for domestic partnerships; documents from and discussion of some important court cases; and Clinton's proposed plan for modification of military policy dealing with gay men and lesbians. The directory of organizations is also selective, and no criteria are provided for inclusion. Annotations are helpful; while phone and fax numbers are provided for most organizations, no E-mail addresses are given. Three of the best-known organizations opposed to gay and lesbian rights are listed after those in support of gay and lesbian rights. The list of print resources includes bibliographies, general books, and periodicals; annotations are provided for the former two categories. As in other parts of the book, a mixture of pro- and anti-gay titles are listed. Films and videos that are appropriate for high school through adult ages are listed next. A six-page glossary concludes the work. Finally, access provided by the 15-page author-title-subject index is not sufficient. Other titles that provide more detailed information on some aspects of this topic include "The Alyson Almanac" (Alyson, 1989), a chronology of the major events during the last 4,000 years that have affected gay people, and Jonathan N. Katz' "Gay/Lesbian Almanac: A New Documentary" (Harper, 1983). Readers will certainly want to consult Wayne R. Dynes' "Encyclopedia of Homosexuality" (Garland, 1990) as backup. But as an overview, this handbook will help reference staff aid readers who wish to either do further research or better understand this critical issue. The Board recommends this title for high-school libraries and for public or academic libraries that have little in their collections on gay and lesbian rights.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874367454
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights 1
A Short History of the Gay Rights Movement 3
The Gay Liberation Movement 4
Housing and Employment Issues 7
Sodomy Laws 13
Hate Crimes against Gays and Lesbians 14
Issues of Free Speech and Assembly 15
Issues Surrounding Personal Relationships 16
Additional Issues 19
Opposition to Gay and Lesbian Rights 21
Public Attitudes toward Gay and Lesbian Rights 25
HIV and the Gay Rights Issue 27
2 Chronology 31
3 Biographical Sketches 59
Howard Juniah Brown 1924-1975 59
Charlotte Bunch 1944- 61
Edward Carpenter 1844-1929 62
Martin Bauml Duberman 1930- 63
Steve Endean 1949-1993 64
Jerry L. Falwell 1933- 65
Barney Frank 1940- 66
Barbara Gittings 1932- 67
Henry Harry Hay 1912- 68
Jesse Helms 1921- 70
Magnus Hirschfeld 1868-1935 71
Franklin Kameny 1925- 72
Phyllis Lyon 1924- 73
Del Martin 1921- 74
Leonard Matlovich 1943-1988 75
Harvey Milk 1930-1978 77
Jim Owles 1946-1993 79
Will Perkins 1928- 80
Troy Perry 1940- 81
Marion Gordon Pat Robertson 1930- 82
Craig Rodwell 1941-1993 83
David Scondras 1946- 83
Allen Spear 1937- 84
Tom Stoddard 1948- 85
Gerry Studds 1937- 86
Tim Sweeney 1954- 87
John Addington Symonds 1840-1893 88
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs 1825-1895 89
Bruce Voeller 1934-1994 90
4 Statements and Documents 93
Some Views on Gay Rights Issues 93
Existing and Proposed Legislation Dealing with Gay Rights 107
Domestic Partnerships 118
Some Important Court Decisions Involving Gay Rights Issues 125
Policy on Homosexual Conduct in the Armed Forces 139
5 Directory of Organizations 141
National Gay and Lesbian Rights Organizations 151
State and Local Gay and Lesbian Rights Organizations 151
Organizations Opposed to Gay and Lesbian Rights 158
6 Selected Print Resources 161
Bibliographies 161
General Books 162
Articles 181
Periodicals 181
7 Selected Nonprint Resources 183
Glossary 191
Index 199
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