The Gay Revolution

The Gay Revolution

The Story of the Struggle

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A chronicle of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian and transgender rights draws on interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists and members of the LGBT community to document the cause's struggles since the 1950s.

Baker
& Taylor

A chronicle of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights draws on interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists, and members of the LGBT community to document the cause's struggles since the 1950s.

Simon and Schuster
“The most comprehensive history to date of America’s gay-rights movement.” —The Economist

A New York Times Notable Book of 2015

The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rights—from the 1950s to the present—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day.

The fight for gay, lesbian, and trans civil rights—the years of outrageous injustice, the early battles, the heart-breaking defeats, and the victories beyond the dreams of the gay rights pioneers—is the most important civil rights issue of the present day. Based on rigorous research and more than 150 interviews, The Gay Revolution tells this unfinished story not through dry facts but through dramatic accounts of passionate struggles, with all the sweep, depth, and intricacies only an award-winning activist, scholar, and novelist like Lillian Faderman can evoke.

The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when law classified gays and lesbians as criminals, the psychiatric profession saw them as mentally ill, the churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with irrational hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond. Faderman discusses the protests in the 1960s; the counter reaction of the 1970s and early eighties; the decimated but united community during the AIDS epidemic; and the current hurdles for the right to marriage equality.

In the words of the eyewitnesses who were there through the most critical events, The Gay Revolution paints a nuanced portrait of the LGBT civil rights movement. A defining account, this is the most complete and authoritative book of its kind.

Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2015
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451694116
1451694113
Branch Call Number: 306.766 F123gr
Characteristics: xx, 794 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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jacqui_a Mar 16, 2018

Historian Lillian Faderman has built a stunning narrative of the gay rights movement in the USA. She describes the lives and actions of key organisers in the movement, bringing events together in context. From McCarthyism in the 1950s, through the Stonewall riots and the AIDS crisis, to marriage equality in the 21st century, Faderman describes the history of the modern American LGBT community in vivid detail. Her work is fantastically well-researched and well-referenced, covering the protests, campaigns, riots and legal battles that paved the way for LGBT rights in the United States and around the world.

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ladxcore
Jan 27, 2016

I think "revolution" is not a good choice of words, this is an excellent chronicle of legal reform, focusing on civil rights such as marriage and the military, and generally giving short shrift to more radical activism, AIDS activism, and trans history (which happen to be the things I'm most interested in). It is extremely well-researched and well-written, if those are the things you are interested in.

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