Handbook of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Administration and Policy

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Preface

The aim of this book is to communicate to mainstream public administration students, practitioners, and academicians the growth of the subfield of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender public administrative theory and practice over the past few years. The era from the Stonewall rights revolution to the present involves a transformation from marginalized activity to mainstream public administrative practice not only in the United States and Canada, but also within Australia and the European Community. Even in countries where marginalized activity is still the rule, significant progress is being made.

The objective of the book is to communicate to administrators, students, and scholars that a paradigm shift has occurred, wherein a previously insignificant social movement has changed to a mainstream set of values that are being rapidly incorporated into governmental practice around the world. The values of tolerance of difference and willingness to accept a variety of sexual orientations are being incorporated into many governmental and non-profit organizations at the same time that racial, ethnic, and religious diversity is being recognized and validated.

The scope of the book is a wide variety of subject matter. Those who are interested in public policy, social work administration, public health administration, educational administration, and criminal justice administration as well as American and international developments in GLBT administrative activity will find significant new research. The book will serve as the most indepth resource in the field of GLBT administration and policy available today. But there are also some specific areas where little or no public administrative research has previously been completed (e.g., analysis of aging and queer youth issues, issues involving health administration and the preva-

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