Gay And Lesbian Rights In The United States / Edition 1

Gay And Lesbian Rights In The United States / Edition 1

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by Walter Williams, Yolanda Retter, Walter L. Williams, Yolanda Retter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313306966

ISBN-13: 9780313306969

Pub. Date: 09/30/2003

Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC

The movement for gay and lesbian rights in America is a response to long-held beliefs that have, at times throughout the history of the United States, made homosexuality legally, politically, and socially unacceptable. This collection of primary documents explores those beliefs and their counter-arguments, providing varying viewpoints on the complex issue of gay

Overview

The movement for gay and lesbian rights in America is a response to long-held beliefs that have, at times throughout the history of the United States, made homosexuality legally, politically, and socially unacceptable. This collection of primary documents explores those beliefs and their counter-arguments, providing varying viewpoints on the complex issue of gay and lesbian rights. Personal testimonies, laws, opinion pieces, court cases, and other documents, dating from colonial times to the present day, encourage students to challenge their assumptions and strengthen critical thinking skills.

The struggle for gay and lesbian rights in the United States is founded on the idea that feelings of love and sexual attraction between persons of the same sex are natural, moral, normal, psychologically healthy, and deserving of full equality in all aspects of society. The documents presented in this unique collection clearly portray the arguments that have been used to refute this idea, and how homosexuals in U.S. society have fought for acceptance as people worthy of equal rights. The struggle is traced chronologically, providing a multifaceted overview of the issues for anyone studying the history and volatility of this movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313306969
Publisher:
ABC-Clio, LLC
Publication date:
09/30/2003
Series:
Primary Documents in American History and Contemporary Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Acknowledgements

Introduction by Walter L. Williams

Timeline

The Clash of Religions

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: The Development of a Homophile Identity in the United States, 1775-1950

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Movement in the United States, 1950-1977

Backlash: The Reaction to Gay and Lesbian Progress in the United States, 1977-1987

Queer America: The Acceptance of Sexual and Gender Diversity in the United States, 1987-2000

Conclusion

Glossary

List of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Organizations

Selected Bibliography

Index

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Gay and Lesbian Rights in the United States 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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If it weren't for the American concept of individualism, gay Americans would never have been the first to triggle the shot heard around the gay world: the Stonewall Inn rebellion of 1969. While European elitists were still 'thinking' about gay rights among their intellectual circles, Americans, as usual, actually got off their butts and did something about it. Today, the gay pride celebrations across the globe commemorate the Stonewall Inn rebellion. Because of the courageous efforst of gay Americans, gay people all over the world have more freedom. A gay American designed the rainbow flag, a symbol used throughout the gay world; a gay American started the Gay Games, a prestigious sporting event literally fought after by cities in nearly every country to host; the first gay bars were American, and today gay bars around the world fashion themselves on the original American models. Gay people in the United States should have more respect for themselves AND their country that allowed for the creation of the world's largest gay infrastructure. Something like that doesn't happen by mere chance.