A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples

The GLBTRT has been reviewing books and movies in its newsletter since the early 1990s. Trace the evolution of queer publishing through these historic reviews. This review was originally published in Vol. 3, No 3 & 4 Spring/Summer 1991. 

A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples. By Hayden Curry and Denis Gifford. Nolo, 1990. $17.95. (ISBN 0-87337-077-5)

Here is an informative, convenient, almost indispensable self help manual that will assist gay and lesbian couples confronted with the variety of legal choices, necessities, entanglements and prejudices they face as couples. The guide covers ‘living together” contracts and what they should contain; the practical realities of renting or buying; insurance; credit cards; joint ownership of property; wills, trusts and estate planning. The chapter on parenting discusses adoption, artificial insemination, foster parenting, guardianships and child custody. A list of lesbian and gay legal referrals is provided.

Recommended for all libraries but especially for public library collections.

Reviewed by Jane Jurgens
Northeastern Illinois University Library
Chicago, Illinois


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