Sociolegal Control of Homosexuality: A Multi-Nation Comparison

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Donald J. West, Richard Green
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 31, 1997 - Social Science - 354 pages
Despite the gains made by gay rights movements throughout the world, there are still areas in which homosexuals and their relationships are targeted as immoral and criminal. Sociolegal Control of Homosexuality, a comprehensive, up-to-date examination of governmental and religious reaction to issues of sexual orientation in regions - such as Asia and the Middle East - not often covered in English language publications, includes:
  • a sampling of international legislation, both proscriptive and liberal
  • the effects of fundamentalist religious movements
  • new scientific information concerning the origin of sexual orientation, and much more! £/LIST£
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    About the author (1997)

    Richard Philip Green was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 6, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1961. He specialized in psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he became a professor and researcher. In 1972, he wrote a paper in The International Journal of Psychiatry questioning the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association decided to drop homosexuality from its diagnostic manual. In 1975, he founded the International Academy of Sex Research and became the first editor of its journal, Archives of Sexual Behavior, a position he held until 2002. He wrote several books including The "Sissy Boy Syndrome" and the Development of Homosexuality. He appeared as an expert witness on behalf of gay or transgender people in more than a dozen trials. After receiving a law degree from Yale University in his 50s, Green relocated to Great Britain. He was a professor of psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College, London, and on the law and psychology faculties of Cambridge University. He died from esophageal cancer on April 6, 2019 at the age of 82.

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