What makes people gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual? And who cares? Written by one of the leading scientists in the research of sexual orientation, Queer Science looks at how scientific discoveries about homosexuality influence society's attitude toward gays and lesbians, beginning with the theories of the German sexologist and gay-rights pioneer Magnus Hirschfeld and culminating with the latest discoveries in brain science, genetics, endocrinology, and cognitive psychology.
About the Author
Simon LeVay, whose 1991 paper published in Science, "A difference in hypothalamic structure between homosexual and heterosexual men," attracted worldwide scientific and public attention, is Associate Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of California, San Diego. He is presently Chair of the Steering Committee of the Institute of Gay and Lesbian Education, West Hollywood, a new college for the gay and lesbian community in Southern California.
“Queer Science is a scholarly and measured review of a very complex subject. Simon LeVay is a highly gifted and dedicated individual.”
—Torsten N. Wiesel, M.D., F.R.S., Professor of Neurobiology, The Rockefeller University
“Simon LeVay is a neuroanatomist and pioneer of the study of the brain structures in sexual orientation. He is also a marvelous writer. In Queer Scinece he sums up a centruy of sex research including social learning, genes, brain structure, hormons and much more. He then addresses the morall and legal issue posed by this research. If you have been waiting for a clear and readable exposition of sex orientation research that integrates science and politics, get this book.”
—Richard C. Pillard, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
“Queer Science is the best book to date on the science of homosexuality. Abd Simon LeVay is a very engasging, thoughtful writer. Everyone who wants to be informed about research into homosexuality and its political, social, and moral consequences should read this wonerful book.”
—Richard A. Isay, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College; author of Becoming Gay: The Journey to Self-Acceptance
“This book is an essential tool for those of us who are trying to forge a place of equality and respect or our gay loved ones. I read it all in one day. LeVay manages simultaneously to balance technical information, offer an unsettling historical perspective, and serve up a provacative analysis of the use and abuse of knowledge.”
—Catherine Tuerk, M.A., R.N., C.S., President, Washington DC Chapter of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
“Simon LeVay's review of what 'causes' homosexuality will be widely regarded as authoritative because it is thorough and fair. He not only lays out the sometimes conflicting evidence but also takes pains to assess the science as good or sloppy and to judge the assumptions behind theories. And it is wonderful to encounter a scientist who writes beautifully.”
—Richard E. Cytowic, Washington Post