Internet Resources on Sexual Orientation
Articles and Multimedia Relating to Sexual Orientation
Marriage: David Frum vs. Andrew Sullivan," Slate, April 4,
Marriages. Talk of the Nation. December
Sullivan. Talk of the Nation. September
5, 1995. Guest: Andrew Sullivan, Author of Virtually Normal [Knopf:
AIDS Exception: Privacy vs. Public Health," The Atlantic Monthly,
Marrianges. Talk of the Nation. April 9, 1996. Guests:
Paula Ettelbrick, Legislative Counsel and Primary Lobbyist,
Empire State Pride Agenda, Lawyer, Turkel, Forman and Zimmerman Law Firm, Adjunct
Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, Former Public Policy Director,
National Center for Lesbian Rights, Former Legal Director, Lambda Legal Defense
and Education Fund, New York City, NY; William Eskridge Jr.,
Author of The Case For Same-Sex Marriage: From Sexual Liberty to Civilized
Commitment (Free Press, 1996), Professor, Georgetown Law Center, Washington,
Court Gay Rights Decision," Talk of the Nation.
May 20, 1996. Guests: Jean Dubofsky, Lead Counsel in the legal
challenge to Colorado's Amendment 2; Jeff Rosen, Legal Affairs
Editor, The New Republic.
(National Defense Research Institute), "Sexual
Orientation and U.S. Policy: Options and Assessments." Classic study
on the anticipated effects of lifting the ban on gays in the military.
NPR's Talk of the Nation
Gay Rights: 30 Years After Stonewall
Host: Ray Suarez Guests: Adam
Nagourney, Co-author, Out for Good:The Struggle to Build a Gay
Rights Movement in America (Simon & Schuster l999), Journalist,
The New York Times Magazine; Lillian Faderman,
Author, To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America--A
History(Houghton Mifflin l999), Teacher, English & Lesbian Studies
at California State University at Fresno. Description: Thirty
years ago in a bar in Greenwich village, a group of gay men decided they'd
had enough of police harassment, and a raid turned into a riot. Since
then, the Stonewall Uprising has come to be considered the watershed event
that got the gay rights movement going. Thirty years after Stonewall,
gays have made tremendous strides in some areas, but social acceptance
in the American mainstream still seems a long way away. Join Ray Suarez
and guests for a look at the history of the gay rights movement in America.
June 29, 1999
Mainline Protestant Churches and Homosexuality
Host: Ray Suarez Guests:
Author, Congregations In Conflict [Rutgers University Press, 1996]; Reverend
Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Omaha, Nebraska;
Retired Bishop Kenneth Hicks, Little
Rock, Arkansas. Description: Slavery...abortion...the ordination
of women ... throughout history these have been some of the most divisive issues
for mainline Protestant Churches. Today it's homosexuality that is causing a
crisis in many congregations. Join Ray Suarez and guests for a look at how these
democratically structured churches grapple with contentious issues and avoid
breaking into factions. March 30, 1998.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Host: Ray
Suarez Guests: Dixon Osburn, Co-Executive
Director and Co-Founder, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network; Alec
Farr, Prosecutor, Rose Law Firm Representing Timothy R. McVeigh; Charles
Moskos, Northwestern University Professor of Sociology, Author, All That
We Can Be: Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way; Martha
Raddatz, NPR's Pentagon Correspondent. Description:
There's renewed controversy over the policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
for gays in the military. Pressured by a pending lawsuit, the Pentagon agreed
to delay discharge of a senior sailor whose alleged homosexuality was revealed
on-line. This case also brings up issues of privacy on the internet since the
on-line service, AOL, exposed confidential information to investigators. Join
Ray Suarez for a look at the latest dispute over "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
January 19, 1998
A Bibliographical Survey of Philosophical Literature on Sexual Orientation
Biliographical essays are drawn
from Lawrence M. Hinman, Contemporary
Review Articles and Bibliographies
For a short overview of some of the philosophical issues about homosexuality,
see Richard D. Mohr, "Homosexuality," Encyclopedia of Ethics,
edited by Lawrence C. Becker and Charlotte B. Becker (New York: Garland Publishing,
Inc., 1992), Vol. I, pp. 552-554. For a bibliographical survey, see Robert B.
Marks Ridinger, The Homosexual and Society: An Annotated Bibliography
(New York: Greenwood Press, 1990)
General Books, Anthologies, and Articles
Perhaps the best sympathetic philosophical approach to these issues is to be
found in Richard D. Mohr's Gays/Justice: A Study of Ethics, Society, and
Law (New York: Columbia University Press, 1988). For a much different perspective,
see Roger Scruton, Sexual Desire (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1985).
Also see Michael Ruse, Homosexuality: A Philosophical Inquiry (New York:
Basil Blackwell, 1968); Homosexuality and Ethics, edited by Edward Batchelor,
Jr. (New York : Pilgrim Press, 1980); Magnuson, Roger J., Are Gay Rights
Right?: Making Sense of the Controversy, Updated Edition (Portland, Or.:
On the "social construction" of the concept of homosexuality, see
Edward Stein, Forms of Desire: Sexual Orientation and the Social Constructionist
Controversy (New York: Routledge, 1992); David Halperin's One Hundred
Years of Homosexuality (London: Routledge, 1992); and John Thorp's "The
Social Construction of Homosexuality," Phoenix, Vol. 46, No. 1 (Spring,
1992), pp. 54- 61. On some of the moral issues surrounding
research in this area, see Udo Schuklenk
& Michael Ristow. "The Ethics of Research into the Cause(s) of Homosexuality,"
Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 31, No. 3 (1996), pp. 5-30.
On the issue of gay and lesbian marriages, see Susanne Sherman, Lesbian
and Gay Marriage (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992); John Stott,
Homosexual Partnerships?: Why Same-Sex Relationships Are Not a Christian
Option (Downers Grove, IL.: InterVarsity Press, 1985); Lesbian and Gay
Marriage: Private Commitments, Public Ceremonies, edited by Suzanne Sherman
(Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1992); Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer
Politics and Social Theory, edited by Michael Warner (Minneapolis : University
of Minnesota Press, 1993); Is Gay Good? Ethics, Theology, and Homosexuality,
edited by W. Dwight Oberholtzer (Philadelphia, Westminster Press, 1971); John
D'Emilio, Making Trouble: Essays on Gay History, Politics and the University.
(New York: Routledge, 1992); Henry Abelove, et. al., editors, The Lesbian
and Gay Studies Reader (New York: Routledge, 1993); Michael Nava and Robert
Dawidoff, Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America (New York:
St. Martin's Press, 1994).
Sexual Orientation and the Law
For an excellent introduction to some of the legal issues surrounding homosexuality,
see Harvard Law Review, Editors, Sexual Orientation and the Law (Cambridge:
Harvard University Press, 1989) and William B. Rubenstein, editor, Lesbians,
Gay Men, and the Law (New York: The New Press, 1993).
Homosexuality and the Natural Law Tradition
For a discussion of homosexuality and the natural law tradition, see
John M. Finnis.