The Rights of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender People

The Authoritative ACLU Guide to the Rights of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender People, Fourth Edition

218 pages

November, 2004

ISBN: 9780814736791


Nan D. Hunter is Professor of law at Brooklyn Law School.

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Courtney G. Joslin is a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

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Sharon M. McGowan is Brennan Fellow at the ACLU's National Legal Department in New York.

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In its fourth edition, this fully revised and updated survey covers the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people under present law, specifically in regard to freedom of speech and association, employment, housing, the military, family and parenting, and HIV disease. Utilizing an accessible question-and-answer format and nontechnical language, The Rights of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender People provides an overview for understanding both the general themes in legal doctrine and the way in which individuals can begin the process of asserting rights provided by the law.

The volume is a useful starting point for people facing discrimination or legal uncertainty and helps readers navigate the turbulent and constantly changing waters of the laws regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. New to this edition are two appendixes that include contact information for national and regional LGBT legal groups, an overview of the legal system to explain some of the terms and concepts that appear throughout the book, and a summary of highlights of the law state by state.