This groundbreaking set offers the most up-to-date international overview of key issues in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. More than 70 countries are represented, with a resource guide for each country provided. A thumbnail country map accompanies each chapter. In some regions and countries, such as the Middle East, homosexuality is taboo and not officially acknowledged as existing. Information in these areas and countries is hard to find or does not exist yet. In the West, information on LGBT issues is much more available. Yet to date, there has been no reference that covers LGBT issues worldwide - until now. The material in this set is especially needed in a cultural climate that supports and informs about LGBT populations. The content is useful for a paper on a hot topic, health classes, discussion groups, and gay/straight alliance groups. Each chapter devoted to a country offers standard coverage, which allows for comparison. The format per chapter includes the following essay sections: Overview; Education; Employment and Economics; Social/Government Programs; Sexuality/Sexual Practices; Family; Community; Law; Religion and Spirituality; Violence; and, Outlook for the 21st Century.