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
Online Databases (RHC Students
Web Site Links
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.
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.
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.
Databases (Rio Hondo Students only) top
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Type “Gay Rights” into the search
field to retrieve results from reference titles including
of Sex and Gender,
and Sexuality: Essential Primary Sources,
of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America.
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
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.
The following books can be located in the
Rio Hondo College Library.
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:
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo
The Rio Hondo College Library
provides online access to full-text articles through our
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:
https://rioweb.riohondo.edu/library/. 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
(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