In recognition of Pride Month, we’re offering several resources that are intended to help educate on topics related to equality. The resources listed today are available as eBooks, and additional print materials can be found on our Campus Conversations Subject Guide on Sexual Orientation.
Law and the Gay Rights Story: The Long Search for Equal Justice in a Divided Democracy
by Walter Frank
Walter Frank offers an in-depth look at the court cases that were pivotal in establishing gay rights. But he also tells the story of those individuals who were willing to make waves by fighting for those rights, taking enormous personal risks at a time when the tide of public opinion was against them. Frank’s accessible style brings complex legal issues down to earth but, as a former litigator, never loses sight of the law’s human dimension and the context of the events occurring outside the courtroom … Comprehensive in coverage, the book explains the legal and constitutional issues involved in each of the major goals of the gay rights movement: a safe and healthy school environment, workplace equality, an end to anti-gay violence, relationship recognition, and full integration into all the institutions of the larger society, including marriage and military service. Drawing from extensive archival research and from decades of experience as a practicing litigator, Frank not only provides a vivid history, but also shows where the battle for gay rights might go from here.
Sexual Orientation: Perceptions, Discrimination and Acceptance
This book reviews research studies on the perceptions, discrimination and acceptance based on sexual orientation. The first chapter begins with an overview of social reaction, etiological perceptions and spiritual perspectives in LGBTQ Mormons. Chapter Two studies an attempt to integrate theoretical models and provides a review of the empirical evidence of impression formation of applicants differing in sexual orientation. Chapter Three compares the mental health of those who live in neighborhoods with relatively high concentrations of sexual minorities to that of those who live in neighborhoods with relatively low concentrations. Chapter Four tests the initiation of a self-regulatory cycle for avoidance of future homonegative behavior.
The Lesbian and Gay Movements : Assimilation or Liberation?
by Craig A. Rimmerman
Throughout their relatively short history, lesbian and gay movements in the United States have endured searing conflicts over whether to embrace assimilationist or liberationist strategies. The Lesbian and Gay Movements explores this dilemma in both contemporary and historical contexts. Rimmerman tackles the challenging issue of what constitutes movement “effectiveness” and how “effective” the assimilationist and liberationist strategies have been in three contentious policy arenas: the military ban, same-sex marriage, and AIDS. Since the first edition in 2007, the landscape of lesbian and gay movements and rights has seen enormous changes. The thoroughly revised second edition includes updated discussion of LGBT movements’ undertakings in, as well the Obama administration’s response to, HIV/AIDS policy, the fight to legalize same-sex marriage and overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Queering Education in the Deep South
by Kamden K. Strunk
This volume explores education in the Deep South, with a focus on LGBTQ students and educators, and on queer theoretical perspectives in education. The topics in this volume include teaching LGBTQ issues and queer studies in the Deep South, educational policy and practice in the Deep South as related to queer issues, and efforts to introduce queer literature to libraries and queer collections to archives. Authors in this volume examine what realities exist in education in the U.S. South currently, and what possibilities might be imagined in the future.