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Encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history in America / [Marc Stein, editor in chief].

Contributor(s): Stein, Marc.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, NY : Charles Scribner's Sons/Thomson/Gale, c2004Description: 3 v. : ill. ; 29 cm.ISBN: 0684312611 (hardcover set : alk. paper); 9780684312613 (hardcover set : alk. paper); 068431262X (v. 1); 9780684312620 (v. 1); 0684312638 (v. 2); 9780684312637 (v. 2); 0684312646 (v. 3); 9780684312644 (v. 3); 0684314274 (set); 9780684314273 (set).Other title: LGBT [At head of title:].Subject(s): Homosexuality -- United States -- History -- Encyclopedias | Gays -- United States -- History -- Encyclopedias | Bisexuals -- United States -- History -- Encyclopedias | Transgender people -- United States -- History -- EncyclopediasAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history in America.; Online version:: Encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history in America.; Online version:: Encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history in America.; Online version:: Encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history in America.DDC classification: 306.76/6/097303
Contents:
v. 1. Actors to gyms -- v. 2. H.D. to queer theory -- v. 3. Race to Zulma, appendix, index.
Review: "Authored by community-based researchers and academics, the articles in this set treat various aspects of LGBT history, culture, politics, and society in America. Some 550 entries cover workplace movements, Queer Nation, fashion and clothing, coming out and outing, family issues, health care and clinics, and federal law and policy. Also included are more than 200 biographies, 230 photographs, a 400-year chronology of LGBT history, and an appendix of repositories in the United States and Canada."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

v. 1. Actors to gyms -- v. 2. H.D. to queer theory -- v. 3. Race to Zulma, appendix, index.

"Authored by community-based researchers and academics, the articles in this set treat various aspects of LGBT history, culture, politics, and society in America. Some 550 entries cover workplace movements, Queer Nation, fashion and clothing, coming out and outing, family issues, health care and clinics, and federal law and policy. Also included are more than 200 biographies, 230 photographs, a 400-year chronology of LGBT history, and an appendix of repositories in the United States and Canada."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.

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Library Journal Review

This invaluable work isn't just a fascinating read; it goes a long way toward alleviating the dearth of basic resources in the burgeoning field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) studies. Stein (history, York Univ.; City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves) has compiled more than 500 topical and biographical entries on the major events, personalities, places, and themes in a queer reading of more than 400 years of U.S. history. Alphabetically arranged and varying in length from a few paragraphs to several pages, the generally well-written entries are accessible enough for high school and college students new to the subject but sufficiently solid to serve as a departure point for scholarly research. Each entry includes a bibliography and See also references. Also included are a cross-referenced historical chronology, a directory of repositories of LGBT materials in the United States and Canada, a systematic outline of contents that groups all entries thematically, and a detailed index. One might cavil that the choice of entries, while emphasizing broad appeal, seems somewhat arbitrary, that some show business performers and icons (e.g., Rock Hudson, James Dean, Judy Garland) receive only cursory examination under broad subjects such as "Actors and Actresses," and that the odd entry is off the mark (Blanche Wiesen Cook's discussion of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok comes across as a defensive apologia rather than reasoned research). But these drawbacks do not seriously detract from the most significant and comprehensive reference work in this field since the fine Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies, edited by Timothy Murphy, was published in 2000. An essential purchase for any library serving LGBT researchers or readers.-Richard J. Violette, Special Libs. Cataloging, Victoria, B.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

The initial problem with this mammoth work is its title; the work really covers only the US, not the Americas. Stein, one of the foremost gay historians in the US, has an impressive track record trying to bring gay history into the mainstream while promoting its separate development. The encyclopedia has more than 500 signed entries, each with a bibliography; many also have illustrations, of which there are over 200--photographs, reproductions of posters, and the like. Cross-references and index are thorough. See references would be useful; it would help to be able to look up "Dignity" and find a see reference instead of having to go to the index (in another volume) to find it under "Churches and Catholicism." The introduction is useful, as is the chronology at the beginning. Some entries seem more sociological than historical (e.g., "bears," "camp," "feminism"). Sidebars that highlight particular issues ("lesbians in the AIDS action community") or that contain an excerpt from an author's work are a bonus, and the appendix on gay and lesbian archives of the US and Canada is a nice finishing touch. One wonders about the continued usefulness of such encyclopedias. Would it not have been more productive to merge this work with the online resource glbtq (CH, Sep'03)? ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. S. J. Stillwell Jr. University of Texas at Arlington

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