After the firestorm ignited by his Gay Ideas ( LJ 11/15/92), Mohr here returns to the mainstream of gay-rights advocacy. In the face of a mounting backlash against the gains made by gay-rights supporters, he presents a succinct handbook on the real gay agenda: equal rights. Covering such topics as gay marriage, privacy rights, and gays in the military, Mohr challenges America to extend basic civil rights protection to all its citizens. Contrary to his opponents' cry of ``special rights,'' Mohr argues that at present, gay Americans are subject to a number of illegal practices, including housing discrimination, wrongful employment termination, and loss of child custody rights. Focusing specifically on legal aspects, Mohr has written a straightforward primer on a topic that desperately needs his thoughtful treatment. He also includes a simple ten-point plan that Americans might use to reconsider their feelings about their gay friends and family members. This book will encourage gays, enlighten non-gays, and inform everyone. Recommended for most collections.-- Jeffery Ingram, Newport P.L., Ore.
Appealing to widely-held American beliefs, Mohr (philosophy, U. of Illinois) grounds his moral argument for gays' and lesbians' equal citizenship firmly in our most valued traditions of equality and freedom. Issues are covered in a practical fashion through lively examples and historical cases, and include prejudice, sexual privacy, gay marriage, equality, civil rights, AIDS and gays in the military. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)