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Gay Rights
The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students.

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Web Site Links     top

Human Rights Campaign

As America's largest gay and lesbian organization, the Human Rights Campaign provides a national voice on gay and lesbian issues.  The Human Rights Campaign effectively lobbies Congress ; mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities ; invests strategically to elect a fair-minded Congress ; and increases public understanding through innovative education and communication strategies.  HRC is a bipartisan organization.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

This site focuses on international human rights violations against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and persons with HIV and AIDS.  Web links are provided for gay and lesbian resources worldwide. 

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Founded in 1973, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is a leading, progressive civil rights organization for gays.  The NGLTF describes itself as "part of a broader social justice movement for freedom, justice and equality."  The site provides news and legislation links, and information regarding the NGLTF Policy Institute's programs and publications. 

Politics 1 -- Issue : Gay Rights

A resource of links to U.S. interest groups with contrasting positions on gay rights, from Christian Anti-Gay Rights organizations to the Freedom to Marry Coalition.

Public Agenda -- Gay Rights

Sponsored by a nonpartisan opinion research and civic engagement organization, this site helps Americans explore and understand critical issues.  The many links provide information, statistics, and state-by-state laws.

Same-Sex Marriage: A Selective Bibliography of the legal Literature

This is a frequently updated source for scholarly print and online resources about gay marriage from the Rutgers University Law Library.  The bibliography includes references to articles, books, the DOMA (Defence of Marriage Act), and information relating to specific states.  A helpful feature is the presentation "Articles Supporting Same-Sex Marriage" and "Articles Opposing Same-Sex Marriage."  Students will need to search for the articles in ProQuest or other databases, but the first section includes direct links to advocacy groups on the Web.  This site is regularly maintained, so as to remain current.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)    top

Gale Virtual Reference Library    
Type “Gay Rights” into the search field to retrieve results from reference titles including Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, Gender Issues and Sexuality: Essential Primary Sources, and Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America.

Issues & Controversies   
Employing the search word “gay” will produce four clickable tabs for resource selections, including several editorial cartoons, as well as charts with numerical data, articles, and selections extracted from reference works.

This popular database is best consulted after the topic has been narrowed using a database like SIRS. For example, type “gay rights movement” into the basic search box to produce thousands of current results from newspapers, journals, and magazines. Results can be narrowed by using the advanced search function to select particular resources, such as Los Angeles periodical, The Advocate.

Pro & Con
Enter the term “gay” to find Supreme Court cases relating to gay rights. Results include the arguments in the 2006 case challenging the Solomon Amendment, which denies federal funding to university campuses that restrict military recruitment. Also included in the results is a 2003 challenge to anti-sodomy laws, Lawrence, et al. vs. Texas

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The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Encyclopedia of homosexuality
Call number: Ref HQ76.25.E53 1990

Encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history in America
Call number: Ref HQ76.3.U5E53 2004

Homosexuality and religion : an encyclopedia
Call number: Ref BL65.H64H63 2007

Sexuality and the law : an encyclopedia of major legal cases
Call number: Ref KF9325.A7L46 1993

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Gay rights




Library Catalog     top
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Articles   top
The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our
online databases Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The sample searches and articles below are from the
ProQuest database. If you are viewing this subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the links below. To gain access if you are at home or off-campus, first click here: Input your student ID number and password [your birthdate]. You will see a list of all the online databases to which you have access. Click on ProQuest and enter the database. You may conduct your own searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and click on any of the links below:

(SUB(gay rights movement) )  (from Peer-Reviewed Journals only)
(SUB(gays & lesbians) ) (from Peer-Reviewed Journals only)
(SUB(gays & lesbians) and SUB(adoption) )
(SUB(gays & lesbians) and SUB(marriage) )
(SUB(gays & lesbians) and SUB(discrimination) and not SOURCE(The Advocate) )
(SUB(gays & lesbians) and SUB(military personnel) )
(SUB(gays & lesbians) and SUB(health care) )

Researched and evaluated by:
K. Bourgaize, Librarian 5/2002
last update:  M. Delatte, Librarian 5/2010


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