Kranz (Straight Talk About Smoking) and Cusick, a theater artist and an editor, respectively, have taken on the daunting task of compiling a succinct, one-volume overview of gay rights in America. In three sections, the text presents a topical overview, further research, and appendixes. Part 1 contains a chronology, significant court cases, legal issues, and brief biographical listings of people opposed to and in favor of gay rights. A notable feature found in Part 2 is the chapter "How To Research Gay Rights," which provides researchers with a much-needed sense of direction. Unfortunately, the authors do not mention the wide network of gay archives across the United States. Because the series is titled "Library in a Book," this reviewer was concerned that Gay Rights might be overreaching its goal, but the authors have successfully covered the topic here. While not a scholarly tome, this work may provide a foundation for further research for both general readers and academics. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.--Michael A. Lutes, Univ. of Notre Dame Lib., IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Gr 9 Up-A somewhat balanced overview of gay rights in the United States. Part I includes the history, laws, culture, significant events, biographical listings, and a glossary that covers an array of terms from a priori to visitation rights. Next, a "Guide to Further Research" offers tips for doing reports, an extensive annotated bibliography, which is slanted toward the pro side of gay rights, and a chapter on GLBT organizations and agencies. Appendixes include excerpts from major court decisions, from statements of government policies and legislation, and from major U.S. historical documents from the gay-rights debate. While this book does include a great deal of accurate information, there are some omissions. For instance, Ellen DeGeneres is included in the biographical listing but Melissa Etheridge, a pioneer activist in the entertainment industry, is not. OutProud is not among the many youth organizations listed. Also, the Deaf Queer Resource Center and the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center are not included. Finally, fact checking is amiss, as many of the organizations and agencies have changed addresses and now have Web sites that are not provided.-Betty S. Evans, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Intended as a first-stop research source, this volume presents summary chapters covering the historical background of gay rights and related issues including sodomy laws, gay marriage, domestic partnerships, child custody, antidiscrimination laws, the military, hate crimes, the gay press, the media, and religion. It also includes tips on researching the topic, an annotated bibliography, biographical profiles, a chronology of events, information on court cases and legislation, and a glossary. Kranz is the author of the novel , which discusses gay identity and marriage. Cusick, an editor and theater artist, has been actively involved with lesbian and gay pride events in New York City. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)