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The Gay & Lesbian Atlas / Review Comments

The Gay and Lesbian Atlas book cover

"Two words for this book: at last! Thanks to the detailed, meticulous, and often surprising work of Gary Gates and Jason Ost, the invisible minority is invisible no longer. Where do the most gay couples live? (California.) Are they richer than straight couples? (No.) Where are gay partners likeliest to be raising kids? (Would you believe, Mississippi?) For the first time, Gates and Ost provide comprehensive answers based on the demographer's gold standard--the U.S. Census. The result is a new benchmark for research and public debate."
—Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institution,

author of Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America

"In the welter of emotions generated by debate on GLBT issues, facts are too often ignored. This impressive, useful volume goes a long way to countering that situation by providing the sort of data that informs thoughtful discussion."
—U.S. Congressman Barney Frank

"Gary Gates and Jason Ost dispel ignorance with accurate information. Through sound data, crisp graphics, and understandable maps, their analysis explores the population roadmap given us by Census 2000."
—Elizabeth Birch, from her Foreword

"For years we've been saying that counting matters in debates about lesbian and gay issues. Now Gary Gates and Jason Ost have used the biggest and best dataset available on same-sex couples to show why in this remarkable book. In addition to being incredibly useful for researchers, policymakers, businesspeople, and activists, The Gay and Lesbian Atlas also has some fun surprises tucked inside its rankings that will challenge many stereotypes."
—M. V. Lee Badgett

University of Massachusetts Amherst and Institute for Gay & Lesbian Strategic Studies, and author of Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men

"The Gay and Lesbian Atlas is a must read for anyone, straight or gay, who wants to understand an increasingly important and controversial aspect of American society. In a time of growing polarization and polemic, Gary Gates and Jason Ost provide a deep and enlightening portrait of the evolving role of gay men and lesbians in American life."
—Richard Florida

author, The Rise of the Creative Class

"The main purpose of The Gay and Lesbian Atlas is to explore the regional diversity in gay and lesbian living arrangements but the Atlas by Gary Gates and Jason Ost provides much, much more. We learn not only about the geographic patterns of gay and lesbian households but also gain insight into the racial and ethnic diversity of this population, its age distribution, and socioeconomic variation."
—Suzanne M. Bianchi

Professor of Sociology and Director, Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland

"Gates and Ost have used the numbers to tell a powerful story about same-sex couples and their families in America. The Gay and Lesbian Atlas will be indispensable for policymakers, marketers, and educators."
—Bob Witeck and Wes Combs

Marketing communications experts and founders of Witeck-Combs Communications

"Landmark advances in civil rights protections for gays and lesbians are attributable in large part to the courage of individuals who chose to 'come out' and be visible. With the data in The Gay and Lesbian Atlas, we can now demonstrate to America the truth about our lives as committed partners and parents. Once Americans discover they know gay and lesbian families, they will increasingly support equal protections for those families as well. The Gay and Lesbian Atlas is a timely and powerful tool in telling that story."
—Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin


The Gay & Lesbian Atlas, by Gary J. Gates and Jason Ost, is available from the Urban Institute Press (Paper, 11" x 8.5", 242 pages, ISBN 0-87766-721-7, $49.50).

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