Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 1999


Published in Great Plains Research 9 (Spring 1999). Copyright © 1999 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Rural gay men and lesbians face unique challenges when seeking resources and services in times of need, as do the social workers attempting to offer them aid. Written by and for social services audiences, Rural Gays and Lesbians includes articles about these issues, as well as poetry about rural life from the perspective of lesbians and gays. Editors Smith and Mancoske attempt to fill a void in writings about contemporary social work. Unfortunately, the volume's significant weaknesses leave the reader without the understanding of ways to build on community strengths promised in the title.