Everyday Activism: A Handbook for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People and their Allies

From same-sex marriages to hate-crime laws, gay, lesbian and bisexual people have fought an uphill battle to gain equal rights. Now a comprehensive new reference collects in one volume the strategies, hard data, and legal arguments that are central to the fight for equality in lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) life.Up-to-date and readable, Everyday Activism is the one essential book that provides the basic facts on the key questions faced by LGB citizens:* What are domestic partnership benefits?* Are lesbian and gay parents legally recognized?* Does civil rights legislation protect gays?Covering everything from school discrimination to custody agreements to hate crimes, Everyday Activism is the first book to provide current information on the policies, research, laws and regulations that affect the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Articles on housing, mental health, and military policy are written by experts in the field and highlighted by information that explains how anyone can effectively lobby for policy changes. Readers will learn:*How to join organizations that support LGB rights*How to create sound arguments that can influence policy makers*How to establish relationships with legislatorsEveryday Activism cuts through the political rhetoric, demystifies the process of policy development and arms readers with the ammunition they need to advocate for LGB causes.