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The Gay & Lesbian Atlas

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ISBN-10: 0877667217
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Editorial Reviews

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"...[A] must read for anyone, straight or gay, who wants to understand an increasingly important...aspect of American society." -- Richard Florida, author, The Rise of the Creative Class

"In the welter of emotions generated by debate on GLBT issues, facts are too often ignored." -- U.S. Congressman Barney Frank

"The Gay and Lesbian Atlas is a timely and powerful tool..." -- Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin

"Two words for this book--at last!." -- Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institution, author of Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America

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"...[A] must read for anyone, straight or gay, who wants to understand an increasingly important...aspect of American society." -- Richard Florida, author, The Rise of the Creative Class

"In the welter of emotions generated by debate on GLBT issues, facts are too often ignored." -- U.S. Congressman Barney Frank

"The Gay and Lesbian Atlas is a timely and powerful tool..." -- Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin

"Two words for this book--at last!." -- Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institution, author of Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Institute Press (May 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877667217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877667216
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,798,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
This atlas is clearly the gold standard in gay and lesbian demographics. The authors have used the most concrete data available to create one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly books available on the topic. The analysis and methodology is surprisingly readable. The maps are vivid and very easy to follow. I've left the book on my coffee table and everyone one of my friends has picked it up. I thoroughly enjoy watching them thumb through their home states and hearing them exclaim "There are gay people there?" This atlas is a useful tool for marketers, service providers, policy makers, and anyone looking to know more about their gay and lesbian neighbors.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "narwhal-dc" on June 24, 2004
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This book is amazing! It's content and presentation are both truly wonderful. Between the brilliant statistical slicing and dicing of the census data (thanks to Dr. Gates) and the wonderful and insightful maps and charts (thanks to Mr. Ost), this book really hits home. It gives a lay-person (straight or gay) the ability to understand where the gay and lesbian communities are, where the gay couples with kids are, where the gay seniors are, and so on. The text is surprisingly easy to read and understand (only surprising in that the topic and technical details have the potential to be intolerably dry). The authors cut no corners in making the data approachable and understandable and at the same time applicable and accurate--a really hard thing to do given the nature and complexity of the topic matter.
Bottom line, gay and lesbian couples are EVERYWHERE. And for the first time, thanks to Dr. Gates and crew, people outside the gay community can see and feel it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Jesdale on December 9, 2005
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Gary Gates and Jason Ost have presented a carefully crafted volume, filled with gist for tremendous insights. Their methodology is clearly explained, and they have done an admirable job of trying to portray cartographic imagery of the gay and lesbian population of the United States.

This volume certainly belongs in every public and school library in the country.

And yet, I experienced a certain amount of frustration while poring over the state-by-state and city-by-city maps portrayed in this volume. This frustration does not stem from the admirable work of the authors, but rather from three sources largely beyond their control.

First among these sources of frustration is that the census data collected on same sex coupling, enticing as it is, leaves much to be desired. The census methodology makes the imputation of lesbian and gay populations difficult, at best. The only enumeration is of co-habiting "unmarried" partners of like gender. Left out are couples where neither is the 'head of household', couples not living in the same residence, or who are living in group quarters (such as housing complexes, nursing homes, and correctional facilities). Also left out are single gay & lesbian people, those who do not declare their relationship as an "unmarried partnership", and those who are currently cohabiting with a partner of dissimilar gender, or are in some other form of less traditional relationship status.

The limitation of our knowledge base to cohabiting couples of similar gender is frustrating when trying to imagine the exhuberant diversity of our communities as displayed across geographic space.

My second frustration stems from the difficulty in displaying information that is highly dependent on population density.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "chris86315" on June 21, 2004
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This book makes it very easy to find information about where we live in the united states and presents it in such a way that arguments can now be backed up with factual data taken from the US census. It is easy to read and very informative. A must have for anyone interested in gay studies.
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