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Homosexuality and the Law

A Dictionary

by Chuck Stewart


The legal status of homosexuals is rapidly changing. Many people have opinions, yet few are truly knowledgeable on the issues. Valuable as both a one-stop reference and history book, this resource provides an informed discussion of topics such as lesbian and gay families, same-sex marriage, gays in the military, gay scout leaders, and more.

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May 2001


Pages 429
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics LGBTQ Studies
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This reference work provides important information about the role academic research has played in the ever-evolving laws covering homosexuality.

A comprehensive overview of homosexuality and the law, this fascinating dictionary opens with a history of the Gay Rights Movement which started in Germany during the l860s with Karl Heinrich Ulrich, the "Grandfather of Gay Liberation," who wrote 12 books including, Researches on the Riddle of Love Between Men. Homosexuals were later herded into Nazi concentration camps, where 50,000 of them died. When the war ended, Allied commanders forced homosexuals to finish their prison sentences.

This book has 112 entries on subjects such as absurd sex laws, the Crittendon Report, the Boy Scouts, the l996 Defense of Marriage Act, surgical alterations, discrimination, sodomy, loitering, wills, and more. A nearly 100 page appendix details state and local laws. The book includes a list of advocacy organizations and other references, a table of cases, and an extensive bibliography.


  • Includes thoughtful coverage of transsexual, transgendered, and intersexed legal concerns
  • Presents the most current information on the legal status of homosexuals in an easily navigated dictionary format


  • Includes an appendix of laws, statutes, and ordinances, including those related to hate crimes, of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and major cities with populations over 80,000
  • Includes a discussion of the Boy Scout policy of excluding homosexuals
Author Info

Chuck Stewart, PhD, is a consultant and writer on the topic of gay and lesbian issues and rights. He is author of ABC-CLIO's Gay and Lesbian Issues: A Reference Handbook.



"Appropriate both for novices investigating the legal implications of homosexuality and for researchers and attorneys, this is recommended for all libraries."Library Journal

"This accessible, informative dictionary describes and illuminates a dynamic, contentious field. . . . Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries."Choice

"An introduction offers a concise history of the gay rights movement that will prove useful for individuals just beginning their research. The well-developed index will be most helpful in ferreting out specific terms, especially for people new to this topic. . . . Homosexuality and the Law would be very appropriate in public libraries of any size, as well as high school and academic libraries."Booklist


2001 David Cameron Legal Research Award — Institute for the Study of Human Resources

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