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LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia (3 volume set)

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• Hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries help students in social studies classes learn about the present state of LGBTQ American culture.

• Entries on literature and the arts help students in literature classes learn about the artistic achievements of LGBTQ Americans.

• An alphabetical list of entries conveniently overviews the contents of the encyclopedia.

• A guide to related topics directs readers to entries likely to interest them the most and helps facilitate student research.

• Entry bibliographies and a closing bibliography aid student research by noting the most important and exciting places to look for additional current information.

"Tracing the history and covering what is occurring today, the work is both historical and current, focusing on LGBTQ life in the United States in all its aspects. Bolded terms in each entry indicate cross-references, although a listing of these at the end of the entry would be clearer for the average user. …Bottom Line: The writing is simple enough for high school students to comprehend yet academic enough for college students and scholars to reference. The coverage is sufficient for a basic background and understanding of the topic, and additional readings enable the work to be used as a starting point for additional research. Suitable for larger public libraries, academic libraries, and high school libraries."


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"Hawley and a host of contributors address more than 600 topics of importance to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GLBTQ) history in the last 60 years. Contemporary individuals and concepts key to understanding GLBTQ culture and contributions to US society form the crux of the work and create a context in which one may view the GLBTQ community. The alphabetically arranged, signed entries are descriptive in nature, ranging in length from 100 to 2,000 words… The title's emphasis on the popular and contemporary is its greatest strength. Overall, this is a welcome addition to the canon of GLBTQ encyclopedias. Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers."



"Directed toward academics and students in high school and beyond, LGBTQ America Today is an impressive three-volume encyclopedia that would make an excellent contribution to any academic reference collection."



"…This comprehensive encyclopedia traces not only the history of the momentum toward gay rights and broader cultural acceptance but also the impact that this force has had, and continues to have, on twentieth- and twenty-first-century American culture. The encyclopedia purports to be 'an interdisciplinary record of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer life,' and to a great extent succeeds in being so. …Each entry ends with a bibliography of both print and electronic works, and cross-referencing, denoted by terms in bold within the text, is superb. The first volume begins with a list of entries and a detailed guide to related topics, while the third volume concludes with a general bibliography and a comprehensive index. Black-and-white illustrations, though relatively infrequent, do serve to extend the text. With a narrower focus and a broader topical treatment than Great Events from History: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Events, 1848–2006 (2006), LGBTQ America Today is a sound purchase for college and university libraries, especially those with strong gay studies programs."



"If comprehensiveness is a collection development goal, then LGBTQ America Today is a worthwhile purchase."


Reference & User Services Quarterly

"LGBTQ America Today is a great resource for secondary-school and academic libraries because of its interdisciplinary focus and cross-references. With its focus on the past sixty years in the United States, it is an ideal reference work on popular LGBTQ culture as well as on historical events and movements."


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"LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia provides a powerful 3-volume set of A to Z detailed references that are more article collections than brief encyclopedia entries. . . this is an extensive survey that's a 'must' for any college-level library strong in LGBTQ social issues and reference collections."


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Hundreds of alphabetically arranged biographical and topical entries survey the current state of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer American culture.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1436 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (November 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313339902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313339905
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,529,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In the midst of fluid and ever-changing identifications and positions, I have chosen to self-label myself as an "academic" researching queer theories (always already in plural!), social movements, national and sexual identities. Inspired by Foucault, I am interested in the socio-cultural conditioning of knowledge production, but also want to look further at geo-temporalities of activism and knowledge circulation. Finally, I have been recently influenced by the post-colonial theories and think about their applicability in the study of "post-communist transformations".

Except of the listed books, I have contributed to the following academic journals and magazines: "Times Higher Education", "Identities", "Europe-Asia Studies", "Slavonic and East European Review", "Graduate Journal of Social Science".

My Ph.D. thesis was about the figure of the "Homosexual" in its signification/symbolisation of the conflict over the meaning of the "National" in the Polish post-1989 reality. Therefore, the central research problem of this project was: What is the relation between the "National" and the "Homosexual" in Poland after 1989? And how this relation is exemplified in three arenas of: The Sovereignty, The Otherness, and Values.

For further details about my writings and other activities, please visit my website:

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LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia provides a powerful 3-volume set of A to Z detailed references that are more article collections than brief encyclopedia entries. From lesbian autobiography and authors to Asian American feminism, individuals key to LGBTQ community events, drag queens, political campaigns and social issues, this is an extensive survey that's a 'must' for any college-level library strong in LGBTQ social issues and reference collections.
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