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Williams Institute Subcollection in LGBTQ+ Rights

Within the LGBTQ+ Rights database, users can access more titles from UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, the leading research center on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.

About the Williams Institute

The Williams Project was founded in 2001 by businessman and philanthropist Charles Williams, Bill Rubenstein, Brad Sears, and scholars at UCLA School of Law. Their goal was to replace the pervasive bias against LGBT people in law, policy, and culture with independent research on LGBT issues. In 2006, the Williams Project merged with the Institute for Gay & Lesbian Strategic Studies, becoming the Williams Institute.

For nearly two decades, policymakers, lawmakers, advocates, and the courts have relied on the Williams Institute’s expertise. Williams Institute scholars have consulted with government agencies to improve federal data collection of LGBT people. They have provided testimony to Congress in hearings on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Justice Anthony Kennedy cited Williams Institute estimates on the number of same-sex couples raising children as a deciding factor in the landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted marriage equality in the U.S.

Today, the Williams Institute has an annual budget of over $4.5 million and a staff of 25 with expertise in economics, public health, demographics, public policy, psychology, and law.

About HeinOnline’s Social Justice Suite

Free of charge to HeinOnline Core subscribers and any interested organizations.

To honor our core value of corporate citizenship, Hein offers five of its databases free of charge to its core American and international subscribers, and to the libraries of any other interested organizations or institutions. Our cataloging partner, Cassidy Cataloguing Services, Inc., also offers free MARC records for all of these databases, which are available upon request.*

The Social Justice Suite consists of the following resources:

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Registering for free access to any one of these databases will provide complimentary access to the entire suite. We hope that in making these materials accessible to all, we can help foster knowledge, facilitate civil discourse, and encourage action for the betterment of our nation.

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