Gay and Lesbian Rights
|Publication Date: 10/2009|
|Format|| ||Price|| ||ISBN-13|
|Hardcover|| ||$55.00|| ||978-1-59884-306-4|
A Reference Handbook, Second Edition
David E. Newton
This thoroughly updated edition provides readers with the background and resources needed to understand one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time.
The landscape of gay and lesbian rights is vastly different than it was just a few years ago. While the issue remains highly charged, surveys indicate that the public is increasingly supportive of same-sex relationships. All but three states have adopted laws against hate crimes based on sexual orientation and nearly 98 percent of large corporations have added sexual orientation to their nondiscrimination policies.
When it was first published in 1994, Gay and Lesbian Rights: A Reference Handbook was acclaimed in School Library Journal for taking “a sober and balanced approach in addressing this emotionally charged and complex topic.” The new edition shows just how far the nation has come in securing legal protections regardless of sexual orientation—and how far we still have to go.
Gay and Lesbian Rights: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition provides a history of the gay liberation and gay rights movements in the United States and other parts of the world. Maintaining the careful approach of the first edition, it addresses a range of current issues from housing and employment discrimination to military service to same-sex marriage and adoption laws. Wholly rewritten, with almost 80 percent new material, it is the ideal introduction to one of the most important civil rights issues in the world today.
• Includes selections from laws and court cases relating to various aspects of the gay/lesbian civil rights movement
• Chronicles an exhaustive list of important events in the gay and lesbian civil rights movement in the United States and Europe
• Provides a historical background that puts the current debates over civil rights for gay men and lesbians into a broad context
• Outlines the major issues that generate controversy in the discussion of equality for gays and lesbians
• Offers a collection of biographical sketches on the leading figures in the gay and lesbian rights movement, as well as key individuals involved in the campaign against it
David E. Newton is formerly professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College, Salem, MA, and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. He has also been a freelance writer for more than 50 years, with more than 400 books, laboratory manuals, encyclopedias, reference works, and other educational materials to his credit.
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