French journalist Frédéric Martel traveled to almost 60 countries to interview activists, artists, business owners, politicians and average citizens to document how gay culture develops around the world. Martel describes community structures; business development; legal and political landmarks; the impact of the Internet and social networking; national, regional and international politics; the role of TV, movies and music; and religious and cultural constraints. While gay men are Martel’s primary focus, he also addresses the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. This is an important reference work, translated from the original French by Patsy Baudoin. getAbstract recommends it to readers interested in international and intercultural understanding, to marketers and business development specialists, and to activists, managers and HR specialists concerned with LGBT rights.
In this summary, you will learn
- How gay culture and businesses have developed in various countries,
- How landmark events moved gay rights forward, and
- How legal and political provisions around the globe do or do not protect LGBT people.
About the Author
Frédéric Martel, the author of nine books, is a foreign affairs columnist for Slate.fr, the producer/host of Soft Power, a French radio show, and a researcher at ZHdK Zurich and Sciences Po Paris. Patsy Baudoin translated the book from the original French.