Worldwide Perspectives on Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals
[3 volumes]
by Paula Gerber, Editor
January 2021, 1355pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
3 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4226-9
$263, £203, 229€, A361
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As of December 2020, same-sex sexual conduct is still considered a crime in 71 countries, while same-sex couples are allowed to marry in 29 countries.

This three-volume set is a rich resource for readers in any discipline interested in understanding the global, regional, and domestic experiences of LGB people.

This interdisciplinary set makes a vital contribution to understanding how LGB rights are progressing—and in some cases, regressing—around the globe. The three volumes look at the lived experiences of LGB people from varied perspectives and provide comprehensive coverage on a wide variety of topics ranging from LGB youth and LGB aging to the approaches to LGB people of different religions, including Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Chapters focus on topics including the ongoing criminalization of same-sex sexual conduct and how international human rights law can be used to improve the lives of LGB people. Particular attention is paid to the rights of bisexuals, a group often ignored in works focusing on sexual orientation.

Volume 1 focuses on history, politics, and culture relating to LGB people; Volume 2 focuses on the laws—domestic and international—governing LGB people; and Volume 3 provides snapshots of the current state of LGB experience in countries worldwide, presented by geographical region: Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region.


  • Includes contributions on the experience of LGB people in countries and regions that are extremely hostile to sexual minorities, including Russia, Iran, the Caribbean, Zimbabwe, and Uganda.
  • Considers a multitude of factors that influence LGB people’s quality of life, including, health, education, the economy, technology, religion, and the law.
  • Offers comprehensive domestic, regional, and international accounts, serving as a one-stop source for in-depth, quality global research on LGB people.
  • Addresses the intersectionality of discrimination based on sexuality and race, religion, and age.
Paula Gerber, LLB, MSc, LLM, PhD, is professor of law at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where she specializes in international human rights law, particularly relating to sexual minorities. Gerber is also a director of Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation, a not-for-profit organization working to amplify the voices of LGBTI persons in the Asia-Pacific region. She is an internationally recognized expert and media commentator on protecting and promoting the rights of LGBTQI persons.
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