First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Library JournalThis title is part of a new series that focuses on specific issues and events of the past century, as covered by staff writers of the New York Times. Containing more than 500 articles (news stories, essays, editorials, reviews, etc.) and 100 illustrations organized into nine parts, the book attempts to examine all aspects of gay and lesbian life in the United States. Unfortunately, as gays have never been considered an official minority group in this country, neither the New York Times nor any other news organization, for that matter, saw the need to devote much attention to homosexual issues prior to 1969. The little that did get into the press was usually a range of pejorative references to gay people as "perverts" or worse. Thanks to the Stonewall riots of 1969, which heralded the birth of the contemporary gay rights movement in this country, the world has gradually begun to see gays and lesbians in a different light. Consequently, most of the pieces in this book date from 1975 onward. This is not a typical reference work but rather a collection of newspaper clippings from a publication that obviously reflects the cultural biases of its editors and reporters over the years. Given the value of such a compilation of stories on gay and lesbian rights, it would have been truly enlightening if a historical time line of relevant major and minor events over the past century had been provided. Barring that, a historic index of all the stories arranged by year could have been included. Without either, this is less a research work than a scrapbook. Libraries with larger gay and lesbian collections might find this useful. Richard Drezen, Washington Post/NYC Bureau, New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
BooknewsThis compilation of news stories, editorials, essays, and reviews taken from reveals much about the journey of homosexuals from isolated pariahs to members of a distinct and outspoken community. Some 500 articles and some 100 b&w photos are organized in sections on gay identity and culture, the mainstream view, organizing for change, the arts, the impact of AIDS, redefining the family, homophobia and intolerance, law and public policy, and the international scene. An excellent resource for students and general readers. This series will comprise some 50 titles on issues and events that defined the 20th century and continue to be relevant. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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