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Title:
Gay rights
Author:
Kranz, Rachel.
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
iv, 298 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780816042357
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Book

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Summary

Summary

One of the most astonishing social transformations of the past three decades has been the changes in public attitudes wrought by the gay rights movement in the United States. Homosexuality has gone from being a taboo subject that could barely be mentioned in public to a common topic of debate among politicians


Author Notes

Rachel Kranz received a B.A. in history from Carleton College and an M.A. in literature from Columbia University. She was a prolific ghostwriter and co-author. Her novel, Leaps of Faith, was published in 2000. She was a playwright, who founded her own theater company Theater of Necessity. She was also a journalist and tournament poker player. She wrote a blog entitled Adventures in Poker and wrote articles for Poker Pro Magazine. She died from cancer on August 28, 2017 at the age of 62.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Choice Review

Designed to give advanced students and beginning researchers an entry point to issues in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered rights, this volume serves as a quick guide to organizations, individuals, legislation, and court cases at the city, county, state, and federal levels. The lengthy "Introduction to Gay Rights" makes up nearly a fourth of the book, while subsequent chapters treat general issues (e.g., the law, biographies). Particularly useful are the appendixes, which reprint excerpts from court decisions, government policies and decisions, and historical documents. US rights are emphasized throughout, but not much attention is paid to immigration and asylum issues. To cover such a broad topic, the authors minimize discussion of any particular issue or event, but the annotated bibliographies should lead to further information. Because each chapter is so broad, readers must constantly refer to the index to locate subject matter. A useful companion to Wayne R. Dynes's Homosexuality: A Research Guide (CH, Jul'87), Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies, ed. by Timothy F. Murphy (CH, Sep'00), and St. James Press Gay and Lesbian Almanac, ed. by Neil Schlager (CH, Mar'99); recommended for all academic and public libraries. A. J. Adam Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University


Booklist Review

Latest in the Library in a Book series provide a variety of tools--chronologies, glossaries, bibliographies, etc.--for students conducting research on these topics.


Library Journal Review

Kranz (Straight Talk About Smoking) and Cusick, a theater artist and an editor, respectively, have taken on the daunting task of compiling a succinct, one-volume overview of gay rights in America. In three sections, the text presents a topical overview, further research, and appendixes. Part 1 contains a chronology, significant court cases, legal issues, and brief biographical listings of people opposed to and in favor of gay rights. A notable feature found in Part 2 is the chapter "How To Research Gay Rights," which provides researchers with a much-needed sense of direction. Unfortunately, the authors do not mention the wide network of gay archives across the United States. Because the series is titled "Library in a Book," this reviewer was concerned that Gay Rights might be overreaching its goal, but the authors have successfully covered the topic here. While not a scholarly tome, this work may provide a foundation for further research for both general readers and academics. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.DMichael A. Lutes, Univ. of Notre Dame Lib., IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-A somewhat balanced overview of gay rights in the United States. Part I includes the history, laws, culture, significant events, biographical listings, and a glossary that covers an array of terms from a priori to visitation rights. Next, a "Guide to Further Research" offers tips for doing reports, an extensive annotated bibliography, which is slanted toward the pro side of gay rights, and a chapter on GLBT organizations and agencies. Appendixes include excerpts from major court decisions, from statements of government policies and legislation, and from major U.S. historical documents from the gay-rights debate. While this book does include a great deal of accurate information, there are some omissions. For instance, Ellen DeGeneres is included in the biographical listing but Melissa Etheridge, a pioneer activist in the entertainment industry, is not. OutProud is not among the many youth organizations listed. Also, the Deaf Queer Resource Center and the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center are not included. Finally, fact checking is amiss, as many of the organizations and agencies have changed addresses and now have Web sites that are not provided.-Betty S. Evans, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

One of the most astonishing social transformations of the past three decades has been the changes in public attitudes wrought by the gay rights movement in the United States. Homosexuality has gone from being a taboo subject that could barely be mentioned in public to a common topic of debate among politicians, voters, and the media. Gay Rights offers a complete presentation of this complex and urgent issue, providing a general review of the historical background, the legal issues, the political events, and the profound cultural changes that gays and lesbians are fighting for and in many cases have helped bring about in this country. Among the legal and political issues discussed are sodomy laws, gay marriage and domestic partnerships, child custody, antidiscrimination laws in employment and housing, gays in the military, and antigay violence and hate crimes. The book also considers such cultural issues as school curriculum, gay teachers' rights, and gay students' safety; gay-related books and the growth of the gay press; the growing presence of openly gay men and lesbians on the radio, on television, and in films; and attitudes toward gay people in religion. Gay Rights is an important reference resource for students, teachers, and librarians, as well as people working in the political and legal arenas. Excerpted from Gay Rights by Rachel Kranz, Tim Cusick All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Part I Overview of the Topic
Chapter 1 Introduction to Gay Rightsp. 3
Chapter 2 The Law of Gay Rightsp. 70
Chapter 3 Gay Rights and U.S. Culturep. 101
Chapter 4 Chronologyp. 122
Chapter 5 Biographical Listingp. 135
Chapter 6 Glossaryp. 152
Part II Guide to Further Research
Chapter 7 How to Research Gay Rightsp. 161
Chapter 8 Annotated Bibliographyp. 170
Chapter 9 Organizations and Agenciesp. 243
Part III Appendices
Appendix A Excerpts from Court Decisionsp. 253
Appendix B Excerpts from Statements of Government Policy and Legislationp. 272
Appendix C Excerpts from Historical Documentsp. 276
Creditsp. 286
Indexp. 287

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