Proud Heritage
People, Issues, and Documents of the LGBT Experience
by Chuck Stewart, Editor
December 2014, 1324pp, 8 1/2x11
3 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-398-1
$309, £238, 269€, A424
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-399-8
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In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to approve same-sex marriage.

This groundbreaking three-volume reference traces the roots and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and issues in the United States from the pre-colonial period to the present day.

With the social, religious, and political stigmas attached to alternative lifestyles throughout history, most homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgender people lived covertly for much of, if not all of, their lives. Likewise, the narrative of our country excludes the contributions, struggles, and historical achievements of this group. This revealing, chronologically arranged reference work uncovers the rich story of the LGBT community in the United States and discusses the politics, culture, and issues affecting it since the early 17th century.

Author Chuck Stewart traces the evolution of LGBT issues as part of our nation’s shared cultural past and modern-day experience. Volume 1 focuses on the origins of the movement with the founding of Jamestown in 1607 through the 1970s and the beginning of gay rights activism in the United States. Volume 2 spans the 1980s and the AIDs pandemic through the present-day issues of marriage equality. Volume 3 gives a concise review of this society in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.


  • Highlights the social, cultural, and political developments of LGBT issues through biographies of key people, entries, legislation, and primary documents
  • Covers content mandated by the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act in California
  • Encourages critical inquiry and thinking by integrating factual content with speeches, letters, and biographies
  • Contains contributions from more than 70 academic scholars from across disciplines to give a broad perspective on the content
  • Includes state-by-state examinations of LGBT history and laws
Chuck Stewart, PhD, teaches math and statistics courses for National University and University of Phoenix and is an independent researcher and writer on LGBT topics. Formerly, he worked in aerospace, His published works include ABC-CLIO's The Greenwood Encyclopedia of LGBT Issues Worldwide; Bankrupt Your Student Loans and Other Discharge Strategies; and Sexually Stigmatized Communities: Reducing Heterosexism and Homophobia: An Awareness Training Manual, a manual used to create training programs for the Los Angeles Police Academy. Stewart holds a doctorate in education with a certificate in women's studies from the University of Southern California.


"A valuable resource for public, highschool, and academic libraries, Stewart’s encyclopedia places in context the growing decriminalization and approbation of varied forms of sexuality."—Booklist, March 24, 2015

"The primary documents greatly facilitate the aim of 'filling in the blanks and silences of a past that has always been queerer than heteropatriarchal histories have acknowledged,' as contributor Christopher Lozensky writes. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate students; general readers."—Choice, June 1, 2015
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