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Policy and Law

MUSCAT Plus subject search term: Gays--Legal status, laws, etc.

Highlighted Resources:

Book: The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation 

Documentary: ABC News Nightline: Gay Rights, Marriage, and the Supreme Court

Online Resource: Human Rights Campaign: Map of State Laws and Policies

Coming Out

MUSCAT Plus subject search term: Coming out (Sexual orientation)

Highlighted Resources:

Book: Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child

Documentary: Being Gay: Coming Out in the 21st Century

Online Resource: RU Coming Out


MUSCAT Plus subject search term: Homophobia and heterosexism

Highlighted Resources:

Book: Homophobia: A History

Online Resources: The Anti-Defamation League's efforts on behalf of LGBTQ individuals has a number of links to other useful              



MUSCAT Plus subject search terms: Homosexuality and education, Gender identity in education

Highlighted Resources:

Books: Acting Out! Combating Homophobia through Teacher Activism

Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender College Students: A Handbook for Faculty and Administrators (It may have been published in 1998, but this is one of the most comprehensive and inclusive titles in our collection.)

Documentary: From the Hallowed Halls of Ivy: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Students Speak Out About their Lives on Campus  (Written, directed, and produced by a Gettysburg College faculty member!)

Online Resources: The Point Foundation 

        The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network

Queer Youth and Adulthood

MUSCAT Plus subject search terms: Gay youth, Older sexual minorities

Highlighted Resources:

Books: Queer Youth Cultures 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging: Research and Clinical Perspectives

Documentary: Bullied: A Student, a School, and a Case that Made History


Online Resource:  The Trevor Project

                    National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

Just for fun: Gettysburg College's very own It Gets Better video! (Created spring semester 2012 and posted by GBurg TV)


MUSCAT Plus subject search term: Same-sex marriage

Highlighted Resources:

Book: Gay Marriage: Why it is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America

Documentary: Tying the Knot

Online Resource: Freedom to Marry

Just for Fun: Hitched! Wedding Stories from San Francisco City Hall

Family and Relationships

MUSCAT Plus subject search term: Sexual minorities--Family relationships

Highlighted Resources:

Book: Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle

Documentary: This is Family

Online Resource: PFLAG 

Workplace Issues

MUSCAT Plus subject search term: Gays--Employment

Highlighted Resources:

Book: Changing Corporate America from Inside Out: Lesbian and Gay Workplace Rights

Documentary: Out at Work: A Documentary

Online Resource: ACLU Map of Employment Non-Discrimination Laws

Gettysburg's Employee Standards of Conduct and commitment to a harrassment and discrimination-free workplace can be found here. (Sexual orientation and gender identity are protected categories: see Section II)

Gay in the Military

MUSCAT Plus subject search term: Gays in the military

Highlighted Resources:

Book: Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America

Documentary: Ask Not

Online Resource: news articles on the topic

Just for fun: Here's what Admiral Percy Fitzwallace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs from the TV show The West Wing has to say about LGBT service in the military (starts at 1:21 and ends at 2:07). To read the quotation, go here (from the episode "Let Bartlett be Bartlett").