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Gay and Lesbian Issues: A Reference Handbook

by Chuck Stewart

Explores the contentious history of the international gay rights movement from its inception in Germany in the 1800s to today. There always have been and always will be people who engage in homosexual activities and relationships. But being "gay" is a modern political concept. It reflects the efforts made by homosexuals to fight against a heterosexist society that tells them they are deviant and not deserving of full human rights. Gay rights is the process of claiming the respect due all citizens.

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