The Gay Revolution

The Gay Revolution

The Story of the Struggle

Book - 2015
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The sweeping story of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights--based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day: "This is the history of the gay and lesbian movement that we've been waiting for" ( The Washington Post ).

The fight for gay and lesbian 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. In "the most comprehensive history to date of America's gay-rights movement" ( The Economist ), Lillian Faderman tells this unfinished story through the dramatic accounts of passionate struggles with sweep, depth, and feeling.

The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when gays and lesbians were criminals, psychiatrists saw them as mentally ill, churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with 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.

"A compelling read of a little-known part of our nation's history, and of individuals whose stories range from heart-wrenching to inspiring to enraging to motivational" ( Chicago Tribune ), 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 :, Simon & Schuster,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781451694123
Branch Call Number: 306.766 FAD 2015
Characteristics: 794 pages : illustrations


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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.

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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