The New York Times named three of her books on its "Notable Books of the Year" list:
SURPASSING THE LOVE OF MEN
ODD GIRLS AND TWILIGHT LOVERS
THE GAY REVOLUTION
Her work has been translated into numerous languages, including German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, Czech, and Slovenian.
Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship, including Yale University's James Brudner Award, the Monette/Horwitz Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Culture Hero Award, and the American Association of University Women's Distinguished Senior Scholar Award.