The Gay Revolution

The Gay Revolution

The Story of the Struggle

Book - 2015
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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 Revolutiontells 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 Revolutionbegins 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 Revolutionpaints 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 :, Simon & Schuster,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781451694116
9781451694123
9781451694130
Branch Call Number: 306.766 FAD 2015
Characteristics: 794 pages : illustrations

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List - Gay Pride 2015 - Nonfiction
NWPL Jun 23, 2015

Based on over 150 interviews, this book studies the ongoing fight for gay, lesbian, and trans civil rights.


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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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