"Newton takes a sober, balanced approach in addressing this emotionally charged and complex topic. A solid reference for reports and general information." - School Library Journal
From the Publisher"Most libraries will certainly want this title because it does justice to a current hot topic. Public and undergraduate libraries." - Choice
Library JournalIt 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 An inadequate index, a remarkably outdated list of periodicals, an ineffectual glossary, and many errors demonstrate an overwhelming need for editorial control of this overpriced cut-and-paste job.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 JournalGr 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\
BooknewsProvides 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)\
Zom ZomsA 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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David E. Newton is a professional writer with more than 450 publications to his credit.
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