The Gay and Lesbian Atlas

The Gay and Lesbian Atlas

by Gary J. Gates, Jason Ost, Elizabeth Birch
     
 

Based upon information collected in the 2000 US Census, this reference presents a detailed geographic account of America's gay and lesbian households. Each of the 50 states is covered in a two-page spread featuring colorful maps and charts showing the distribution of same-sex couples and highlighting their demographic characteristics, including age, race, and the… See more details below

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Based upon information collected in the 2000 US Census, this reference presents a detailed geographic account of America's gay and lesbian households. Each of the 50 states is covered in a two-page spread featuring colorful maps and charts showing the distribution of same-sex couples and highlighting their demographic characteristics, including age, race, and the proportion raising children. Twenty-five cities are also profiled in a similar fashion. Oversize: 11x8.5". Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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The 2000 census was the first to make any realistic estimate of the number of gay/lesbian couples in the United States. Its questions were flexible enough to allow those inclined to indicate same-sex unmarried partner household status. Here, the two largest lesbian and gay lobbyist groups put these data to good use. In their work, Gates and Ost of the Human Rights Campaign present maps of the 50 states indicating concentration of same-sex couples by census tract and county. Other correlations, such as race and number of children, are provided as well. In addition, more than 20 maps of metropolitan areas indicate concentrations by zip code and census tract. The authors discuss some of the issues involved in using census data, the strengths and limitations of these data, and the rationale for doing this work. Though some of the assumptions underlying the enterprise may be questionable, the atlas makes the best use of what data are available and has enough depth to lead to solid analysis of the relationships between geography and gay and lesbian demographics. Libraries with readers interested in contemporary social trends will find this atlas a necessity. Cahill (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) uses the same data and provides similar maps but in a more limited way since he is focusing on the question of same-sex marriage. And he includes much else besides. Briefly, his book is a m lange of maps, tables, and statistics. It also has a list of rebuttals to arguments against same-sex marriage. Since this topic is of such broad interest and the information contained here is presented so well and succinctly, this work makes a good companion to the atlas. However, the price differential between the paperback and hardcover editions is so large that it seems foolhardy for libraries to purchase the hardcover. David Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780877667216
Publisher:
Urban Institute Press
Publication date:
05/30/2004
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,201,921
Product dimensions:
11.02(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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