LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1

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John C Hawley
Greenwood Press, Nov 30, 2008 - Social Science - 1436 pages
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer culture is a vibrant and rapidly evolving segment of the American mosaic. This book gives students and general readers a current guide to the people and issues at the forefront of contemporary LGBTQ America. Included are more than 600 alphabetically arranged entries on literature and the arts, associations and organizations, individuals, law and public policy concerns, health and relationships, sexual issues, and numerous other topics. Entries are written by distinguished authorities and cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. Students in social studies, history, and literature classes will welcome this book's illumination of American cultural diversity.

LGBTQ Americans have endured many struggles, and during the last decade in particular they have made tremendous contributions to our multicultural society. Drawing on the expertise of numerous expert contributors, this book gives students and general readers a current overview of contemporary LGBTQ American culture.

Sweeping in scope, the encyclopedia looks at literature and the arts, associations and organizations, individuals, law and public policy concerns, health and relationships, sexual practices, and various other areas.

Entries cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. While extensive biographical entries give readers a sense of the lives of prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans, the many topical entries provide full coverage of the challenges and contributions for which these people are known. The encyclopedia supports the social studies curriculum by helping students learn about cultural diversity, and it supports the literature curriculum by helping students learn about LGBTQ writers and their works.

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Contents

List of Entries ix
423
Guide to Related Topics xv
510
Index 1307
524
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JOHN C. HAWLEY is Associate Professor of English at Santa Clara University. His previous books include Reform and Counter-Reform (1994), Cross-Addressing: Resistance Literature and Cultural Borders (1996), Writing the Nation (1996), Through a Glass Darkly (1996), The Postcolonial Crescent: Islam's Impact on Contemporary Literature (1998), and Christian Encounters with the Other (1998).

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