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The lesbian almanac
Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center (New York, N.Y.)
Berkley trade paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Books : Produced by the Philip Lief Group, 1996.
Physical Description:
534 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes directories of lesbian and gay community centers and lesbian and gay organizations and resources.
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HQ75.6.U5 L35 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Library Journal Review

ea. vol: Berkley. 1996. c.400p. illus. index. pap. $16.95.REF Compiled by the National Museum & Archive of Lesbian and Gay History (a program of the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center in New York City), these two companion volumes live up to their billing. Together they comprise over 1000 pages of information on lesbians and gays, featuring historical time lines, lists of notable people, glossaries, quotes, statistics, AIDS coverage and directories as well as cultural, recreational, legal, and religious information. There is some overlap between the two volumes (roughly a third) as the chapters on history, statistics, AIDS, the community, and resource directories, as well as parts of the other sections, contain only slight differences in text, organization, and illustrations. Targeted at the general reader, the information found here is abundant, accurate, well organized, and easy to locate. However, there are a few problems with these volumes. Some of the information‘such as awards lists and the material about online resources‘is slightly out of date. Both volumes would have benefited from a more consistent editorial policy. The Lesbian Almanac, for instance, vacilates from chapter to chapter between using lesbian as a blanket term and applying the more politically correct terminology lesbian and bisexual. Additionally, one hopes that the many typos found in the uncorrected proofs will be caught during final proofreading. Nevertheless, these volumes are easier to use as a reference tool than Out in All Directions: The Almanac of Gay and Lesbian America, edited by Lynn Witt & others (Warner, 1995), which lacks an index. And they are far more comprehensive and better organized than Strength in Numbers: A Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Resource, edited by Christa Brelin (Visible Ink, 1996). Extremely accessible, comprehensive, and informative resources for, by, and about lesbians and gay men, these companion volumes are recommended for all but the smallest libraries.‘Ellen Greenblatt, SUNY-Buffalo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

One of the first almanacs to focus on lesbians in North America, this book's beginning chapters present a historical overview of lesbian life through a chronology, brief biographies, quotes, slang and symbols, and statistics. The heart of the book examines 18 aspects of contemporary life, such as activism, art, culture, film and television, health, legal issues, the military, sports, and travel. Each section provides a brief overview, chronology, profiles of individuals, organizations, programs, statistics, and lists of resources including videos and Internet sites. The almanac does an admirable job covering lesbians and organizations of color, but it is less successful in its coverage of disabled and working-class lesbians. The index could be improved by providing headings or subheadings for specific race and ethnic groups. Overlaps in coverage exist between this title and The Alyson Almanac: The Fact Book on The Lesbian and Gay Community (3rd ed., 1993) and Out in All Directions: The Almanac of Gay and Lesbian America, ed. by Lynn Witt et al. (1995). However, the focus on lesbians is needed and this is a fine first effort. Recommended for most academic and public libraries. L. Krikos Ohio State University