...attempts to substitute reason and scholarship for diatribe.-The Washington Post Are gay rights equal rights or special rights? Is homosexuality immoral? While contributors to Same Sex, including the late John Boswell, David M. Halperin, and George Chauncey, often clash in opinion, they share a fundamental commintment to careful, rational discussion. Essential reading for anyone looking towards a better understanding of gays, lesbians, and the issues that surround them.
Introduction Acknowledgments I. Morality and Religion 1 Why Shouldn't Tommy and Jim Have Sex? A Defense of Homosexuality 2 A Reply to Corvino 3 Law, Morality, and "Sexual Orientation" 4 Homosexual Conduct: A Reply to the New Natural Lawyers 5 The Homosexual Movement 6 A Reply to the Ramsey Colloquium 7 The Bible on Homosexuality: Ethically Neutral 8 Romans 1:26-27 and Biblical Sexuality II. Science and Identity 9 The Origins of Sexual Orientation: Possible Biological Contributions 10 The Exotic-Becomes-Erotic Theory of Sexual Orientation 11 The Ethical Relevance of Scientific Research on Sexual Orientation 12 Diversity and Variability in Women's Sexual Identities 13 Explaining Homosexuality: Who Cares Anyhow? III. Identity and History 14 Aristophanes' Speech from the Symposium Plato 15 Revolutions, Universals, and Sexual Categories 16 Sex Before Sexuality: Pederasty, Politics, and Power in Classical Athens 17 The Reproduction of Butch-Fem Roles: A Social Constructionist Approach 18 Christian Brotherhood or Sexual Perversion? Homosexual Identities and the Construction of Sexual Boundaries in the World War I Era 19 Strangers at Home: Bisexuals in the Queer Movement IV. Public Policy 20 Make Love, Not War: The Pentagon's Ban is Wise and Just 21 Dry-cleaning the Troops and Other Matters: A Critique of Don't Ask. Don't Tell 22 The Case for Outing 23 Outing, Ethics, and Politics: A Reply to Mohr 24 How Domestic Partnerships and "Gay Marriage" Threaten the Family 25 Who Needs Marriage? 26 Against Marriage 27 A Gay and Straight Agenda Notes Index About the Contributors