"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.
Addresses issues of sex and gender at the personal and the social level; examines issues of identity, status, class, ethnicity, race, and nation; of sexuality and the body; of social institutions and the structures of representation. Topics include changing conceptions of "the feminine, " the family and masculinity, religion, morality, cultural images, medical practice, public health, economy and society and many more.
"Aldrich and Wotherspoon are brave editors, as a 'who's who' for gay studies might be seen as concretizing in an area in which the constructionist/essentialist debate is still a minefield. Nevertheless, they provide an articulate rationale for this book in their introduction. In addition to justifying the 'who's who' approach in general at a time when social history moves the focus to 'unknown' people, they seek to include anyone of significance in the history of sexual minorities without any limits based on what the subjects did in bed. Well over 100 contributors have written the 500 entries, which range from Sappho to Andr? Gide; most entries are accompanied by a bibliography..." - Library Journal
The Companion breaks new ground for scholarship on gender and sexuality. Recognizing the multidisciplinary nature of the field, the editors gather new essays by established and emerging scholars, addressing the politics, economics, history, and cultural impact of sexuality.