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Recommended Websites Listing LGBT Reading Materials
American Library Association Rainbow Project Reading List
"The ALA Rainbow Project Book List is a list of recommended books dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, trangendered and questioning issues and situations for children up to age 18."
American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards
"The ALA Stonewall Book Award--Barbara Gittings Literature Award and the Stonewall Book Award--Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award are presented to English-language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience."
GLBT Literature: Resources
"This site is devoted to literature about the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) experience."
Recommended Websites for LGBT Information
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The online edition of "The Advocate" magazine, which bills itself as "The world's leading gay news source."
The American Civil Liberties Union LGBT Project
"The mission of the ACLU LGBT Project is the creation of a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people enjoy the constitutional rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association."
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
"The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies provides a platform for intellectual leadership in addressing issues that affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and other sexual and gender minorities. As the first university-based LGBT research center in the United States, CLAGS nurtures cutting-edge scholarship, organizes colloquia for examining and affirming LGBT lives, and fosters network-building among academics, artists, activists, policy makers, and community members."
"Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives, and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit. Equality Forum produces these innovative events in collaboration with learning institutions, professional associations, research centers, for-profit companies, and nonprofit organizations."
GLAAD: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
"The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. ... For over 25 years, GLAAD has worked with news, entertainment and social media to bring culture-changing stories of LGBT people into millions of homes and workplaces every day."
GLSEN: The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
"GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community."
"The Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training."
Human Rights Campaign
"As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues."
It Gets Better Project
"The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better."
"Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work."
The Liberty Education Forum
"The Liberty Education Forum is a non-partisan 501(C) 3 organization that focuses on reaching out to conservatives and people of faith about issues facing gay and lesbian Americans, focusing on research, speaker series and educational programming. LEF works hand in hand to underscore the importance of individual liberty, freedom and fairness for all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation."
The National Black Justice Coalition
"The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black LGBT people. NBJC’s mission is to end racism and homophobia. As America’s leading national Black LGBT civil rights organization focused on federal public policy, the National Black Justice Coalition has accepted the charge to lead Black families in strengthening the bonds and bridging the gaps between straight and LGBT people and communities."
The National Coalition for LGBT Health
"The coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education, and training. The LGBT community includes individuals of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and age; regardless of disability, income, education, and geography. Our members are dedicated to effecting change by uniting this rich diversity at the national level."
The National Education Association Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Caucus
"The National Education Association Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Caucus was founded in the 1980's by a handful of NEA Members seeking to provide a means of professional support for gay and lesbian colleagues."
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
"The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the political power of the LGBT community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of our movement and generating groundbreaking research through our Policy Institute."
The Palm Center
"The Palm Center is a research institute committed to sponsoring state-of-the-art scholarship to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial issues of the day. For the past decade, the Palm Center's research on sexual minorities in the military has been published in leading social scientific journals."
PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
"Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 350 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors."
Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
"A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools."
The Trevor Project
"The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth."
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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights by
Publication Date: 2014-09-26
This book could be aptly entitled After Marriage--What Is Next for the LGBT Community? Now that marriage is increasingly being institutionalized in many states within the United States it is quite likely that marriage will be acceptable in all 50 states (dependent upon action of the U.S. Supreme Court). What lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender public policy issues then remain to be addressed? Based on the editor and his team of contributors' collective years of work and experience at the forefront of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America presents fresh information about the current status and insights into the future directions of the L.G.B.T. movement. The editors take a firm stance on equality and gauge the forward movement in favor of this equality as the metric of success. They present a contemporary analysis of LGBT civil rights based on the actions and policies occurring on the federal, state, and local level. The book discusses political party stances in the U.S. legislative and executive branches, highlighting state and national challenges and complexities. The coverage includes the successful LGBT effort to partner with organizations, including churches and educational institutions as well as non-profits, and presents the successes (and failures) of grassroots movements around the country. The legacy of a long-standing cultural war against GLBT people, as well as rampant discrimination, is reflected in many areas. As GLBT policies evolve and take shape, and new voices of the movement emerge, these issues can be shown to pervade a number of policy areas including mental and physical healthcare, race, poverty and homelessness, religion, immigration, senior issues, the role of family in the LGBT community, bisexuality and transgender issues, the effect of economics on creation of homicides and hate crimes, education, business, and workforce diversity. A collection of fascinating contemporary perspectives, this book explores the breadth and depth of the many "divides"--socioeconomic, race, age, healthcare, immigration, education, and income--including those that intersect within the GLBT community. For any reader who really wants to know about the current and future development of the LGBT community, this is an invaluable book.