Homosexuality: Research Implications for Public Policy

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John C. Gonsiorek, James D. Weinrich
SAGE Publications, May 3, 1991 - Social Science - 312 pages
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What does social science research tell us about homosexuality? Does this knowledge affect public policy? Despite scholarly research, homosexuality continues to be the subject of an intense, and often bitter, debate.

This volume summarizes academic knowledge about homosexuality and its relevance for public policy. Topics addressed include the nature and causes of sexual orientations; the reasons homosexuality is not an illness; the ethics of various mental health approaches to homosexuality; the effects of social and legal discrimination; newer biological and psychological understandings of homosexuality; homosexuals as parents; and the implications of the AIDS epidemic.

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About the author (1991)

James D. Weinrich holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University and an M.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University. He has published widely in scientific journals, and is the editor of the Journal of Bisexuality. He won the Hugo Beigel Award for co-authoring the best paper published in the Journal of Sex Research (1987)--for work which is described in this book. In 2011, he received a Career Achievement award at the annual meeting of the Western Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

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