Homosexuality Around the World: Safe Havens, Cultural Challenges

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In America, most states don't allow gay marriage. Same-sex marriage has been legal in the Netherlands since 2001. Homophobia is rampant in Jamaica. Gay people serve openly in the Canadian military. Homosexuality could be punishable by death in Uganda. Spain allows gay couples to adopt children.

Explore different countries and learn about their cultural attitudes toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as gay men and women from around the globe share their personal...

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Overview

In America, most states don't allow gay marriage. Same-sex marriage has been legal in the Netherlands since 2001. Homophobia is rampant in Jamaica. Gay people serve openly in the Canadian military. Homosexuality could be punishable by death in Uganda. Spain allows gay couples to adopt children.

Explore different countries and learn about their cultural attitudes toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as gay men and women from around the globe share their personal stories and experiences. Find out how American policies compare with our North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, discover how gay equal rights are beginning to emerge in places such as India and South Africa.

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Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Homosexuality, alternative sexual preferences and lifestyles are areas that certainly can benefit from accessible texts for pre-teens and teens. These topics are frequently accompanied by high levels of emotion and controversy and, therefore, demand the most accurate and authoritative treatment. Overall the "Gallup's Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Lifestyle" series falls short on these latter requirements, relying largely on popular press and websites for sources and making assertions in the text without citing the relevant source(s). Citations in the bibliography fail to provide an issue or page numbers when journal articles are included. Occasional typographical errors are distracting. Each book opens with an identical introduction from the series editor, James Sears, former editor of the Journal of LGBT Youth. The introduction describes the tensions between societal expectations and individual rights which largely underlie discrimination against non-dominant groups in any culture. The text of each book is organized in short chapters with terms highlighted in the text and defined in colored boxes. The real value of this volume is putting the American attitudes and laws into a global context, making it clear that the U.S. is behind much of the developed world in terms of acceptance and supportive legislation. The role of religion in shaping opinion—here and abroad—is also discussed. Illustrations and photos are spread throughout, short lists of additional information sources close each chapter, and a bibliography and index follow the main text of the book. A timeline consolidating the information on various countries' legalization of homosexual marriage or civil unions would have been helpful. The layout and production quality make these books accessible and the tenor of the messages to youth dealing with these issues is positive; however, the generic quality of the information suggests these be used only as ancillary information in a school or public library setting. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 A Global Community 9

2 America's Neighbors 24

3 Oppression Overseas 35

4 Moving Ahead 50

Bibliography 60

Index 63

About the Author and the Consultant 64

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