LESBIAN AND GAY RIGHTS by Mark McCauslin

LESBIAN AND GAY RIGHTS

Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In ``The Facts About'' series, a brief survey of the present status of scientific opinion on the nature of homosexuality, prejudice in the US today, and the current spectrum of state laws. Beginning with the questions of a teenager who is ``a little shocked'' to happen on a Lesbian and Gay Pride Day parade (``What is homosexuality?...Is it a sin to be gay?''), McCauslin explains that, whether the causes are biological, cultural, or both (``There is no simple explanation,'' he concludes), ``most psychologists now agree that homosexuality is a normal and natural expression of sexuality.'' Quickly summarizing homosexuality's status throughout history, he points out that the recent drive for civil rights parallels the struggles of women and minority groups in the 60's, describes discrimination in housing, the military, religion, and business, mentions that only six states have civil rights laws for homosexuals, suggests that the recent rise in homophobia results largely from fear of AIDS (a more forceful statement emphasizing that gays are not the only victims of AIDS is needed here, however), and concludes with the importance of education in countering negative stereotyping and prejudice. Clear and evenhanded; good color photos support the text. List of organizations ``For More Information''; glossary/index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-89686-751-X
Page count: 48pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1992