Statistical Timeline and Overview of Gay Life

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The history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is one of pride and a rich sense of heritage in the midst of prejudice, oppression, and misunderstanding. Seeing the development of the LGBT identity and community over time, a person is struck by the bravery of individual LGBT people and the community itself in its struggle for dignity, civil rights, and acceptance by society. It is a story of human suffering, secret lives, and rejection-but ultimately one of a fight for freedom and ...

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The history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is one of pride and a rich sense of heritage in the midst of prejudice, oppression, and misunderstanding. Seeing the development of the LGBT identity and community over time, a person is struck by the bravery of individual LGBT people and the community itself in its struggle for dignity, civil rights, and acceptance by society. It is a story of human suffering, secret lives, and rejection-but ultimately one of a fight for freedom and visibility that is a part of the proud heritage of expanding civil rights and "the pursuit of happiness" that is the story of America at is best.

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Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Part of the series, "Gallup's Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Lifestyle." homosexuality, alternative sexual preferences and lifestyles are areas that certainly can benefit from accessible texts for pre-teens and teens. These topics are also frequently accompanied by high levels of emotion and controversy and therefore demand the most accurate and authoritative treatment. Overall this series falls short on these latter requirements, as it relies largely on popular press and websites for sources and utilizes statements in the text without citing the relevant source(s). This is particularly troubling in a book focused on statistical data, as this one is. Citations in the bibliography often fail to provide an issue or page numbers when journal articles are included. Typographical errors were found in several texts. Each book is opened with the 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. Each book is organized in short chapters with terms highlighted in the text and defined in colored boxes. In this text, chapters about the "Ancient World," "Middle Ages," "Changing World" (18th C -1950's), and "Modern Era" cover people, places, and events. Definitions of terms are generally imprecise, the same word may be defined in one text but not another, and some words that should be defined are not at all (e.g., homophobia). 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. 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 absence of citations for sources of statistical data makes this book an unsuitable addition to school or public libraries. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 The Ancient World 9

2 The Middle Ages 21

3 A Changing World 32

4 The Modern Era 61

Bibliography 88

Index 94

About the Author and the Consultant 96

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