(12) Book/ Site Review

Law: What LGBT Youth Should Know about Their Legal Rights

Author: Lisa Keen, Published by Beacon Press, 2007, 158pages

0807079669, 9780807079669

Keen as a journalist has been covering LGBT issues and gay
legislation for more than 20 years. In this work, Keen delivers a
sharp and coherent analysis of legal issues affecting LGBT kids
today. After expertly guiding readers through a brief, easily
digestible history of gay legislation, Keen empowers young gay people
to not only know what their rights are but to stand up for
them—whether facing threats or harassment from police, a teacher or
a kid at school. In each case, she spells out what those rights are
and how to properly assert them.

Along the way, Keen
relates some horrifying and tragic accounts of civil and
constitutional rights abuse against LGBT kids, as well as
extraordinary examples of those who stood up and made a difference,
not only in their own communities, but in shaping the overall climate
of gay legislation today. Geared to LGBT teenagers, this important,
eye-opening book is also an essential read for any parent with a gay
child. Loaded with appendixes, Keen's book gives useful information
such as how to look up a law, a time line of legal landmarks, how and
where to find legal help and organizations for LGBT youth. (June)


NOW and Lesbian Rights

NOW is committed to
fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender
identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public
accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies.
NOW is committed to educational efforts that combat the adverse
effects of homophobia, promote positive images in the media and
ultimately ensure civil rights protection for all. NOW asserts the
right of lesbians to live their lives with dignity and security, and
the rights of equal marriage for all.


Amnesty International,

The Amnesty
International, United States chapter, also has very informative web
pages which could serve as a resource for LGBT activists and groups
including the latest happenstances all over the world.


International Gay and
Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)

The mission of the
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is to
secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and
communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual
orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV
status. IGLHRC, a US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization
(NGO), effects this mission through advocacy, documentation,
coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.



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