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A lot of work and research went into this book! I really appreciated the ways that these authors divided the American LGBTQ Rights movement into eras and offered diverse perspectives from each time period. Within content on LGBTQ rights, it is... read more
A lot of work and research went into this book! I really appreciated the ways that these authors divided the American LGBTQ Rights movement into eras and offered diverse perspectives from each time period. Within content on LGBTQ rights, it is common to hear about a few main figures from New York or San Francisco, but this book also offers, for example, experiences of queer people from pre-Stonewall Texas and Ohio.
Content is accurate and well-chosen; authors do a good job of highlighting historical events and why they are important.
This book speaks to issues up until 2020, the year of publication. The final chapter may need to be reorganized to update in the future; perhaps the beginning of the 21st century will need to become its own particular era, with a different concluding chapter. Still, I think this book will be relevant without updates for several years.
Clear prose that uses terminology of queer communities without excessive jargon. Statements at the beginning of chapters clarify that the appropriateness of a given term changes over time, and explains how the terminology used in the era of the current chapter is or is not still used as of publication.
Chapters pertaining to different eras would be easily assigned as separate readings. Within the chapters, sections and special topics divide the reading into easily digestible chunks (rather than extensive text).
Clear chronological organization.
Consistent themes in graphic design, including font choices and color scheme, smoothly guide the reader through the material. Images are mostly medium-sized and embedded in the text, as opposed to having large images that break the text and create confusing navigation issues. It prints well - no strange breaks or page layouts. My one criticism is that there are large graphics at the beginning of each chapter that would look great as a two-page spread in a physical copy, but are somewhat confusing when scrolling vertically through a digital copy.
No grammatical issues.
The authors clearly made efforts to include diverse and intersectional perspectives from every era of American LGBTQ history.
This is an excellent resource. It is easily readable without being too introductory in tone, which makes it useful for classes at a variety of levels.
This text addresses most topic areas covered in an introductory LGBT course. I am impressed that the authors are very comprehensive in their topic coverage. They included the essential items and true stories within the chapters that make the... read more
This text addresses most topic areas covered in an introductory LGBT course. I am impressed that the authors are very comprehensive in their topic coverage. They included the essential items and true stories within the chapters that make the textbook more exciting and easy to read.
The definitions are accurate and accessible. They deliver essential information and history for thinking about and discussing LGBT.
Content is very relevant; however, this text was written in 2020, which is imperative; given the current conditions in the United States, it would probably need to arrange in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy to implement.
I find this text to be easy to read and enjoyable. Reading history can be difficult; however, this text is easy to comprehend, especially for students in introductory courses.
All the phrases and materials are consistent and clear.
I love the format. I appreciate the authors' way of developing the textbook as it is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections.
The text is very organized, and the topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion.
No significant interface issues. It is leisurely to navigate the book.
All looks good -- I didn’t find any grammatical issues in the text.
The author includes most examples of various races, ethnicities, and backgrounds in American's LGBT history.
This is an excellent text. It is easily readable. I always appreciate the personal narratives in the text to make it intriguing to the readers.
Table of Contents
- THE BEGINNINGS
- THE HOMOPHILE MOVEMENT
- GAY LIBERATION
- RESPONSE TO ADVERSITY
- THE AIDS ERA
- THE LGBTQ RIGHTS MOVEMENT
About the Book
The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction is a peer-reviewed chronological survey of the LGBTQ fight for equal rights from the turn of the 20th century to the early 21st century. Illustrated with historical photographs, the book beautifully reveals the heroic people and key events that shaped the American LGBTQ rights movement. The book includes personal narratives to capture the lived experience from each era, as well as details of essential organizations, texts, and court cases that defined LGBTQ activism and advocacy.
About the Contributors
Kyle Morgan is the Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Librarian at Humboldt State University. He facilitates the publication of research, scholarship, and creative works at Humboldt State University Press. Kyle previously worked as an archivist at ONE Archives at the University of Southern California.
Meg Rodriguez worked as an HIV researcher/educator for epidemiologists at UC San Francisco, where she worked with at-risk LGBTQ youth and homeless transgender people. She wrote biographical panels on lesbians for ONE National Lesbian and Gay Archives at the University of Southern California. She currently works as a librarian for a national law firm. She is a graduate of Antioch College Los Angeles.