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  • ISBN: 1451694113

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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 h 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 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 Get A CopyKindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleKoboApple iBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoHalf.comAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 816 pages Published September 8th 2015 by Simon Schuster first published September 7th 2015 More Details ISBN 1451694113 ISBN13 9781451694116 Edition Language English Literary Awards Judy Grahn Award Nominee 2016 , Stonewall Honor Book for Non Fiction 2016 Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Gay Revolution, please sign up Recent Questions Does the Kindle Edition have all the photos of the hardbound edition Does it have the full index and bibliographies Or is the Kindle Edition lacking anything from the print edition Thanks like one year ago Add your answer See 1 question about The Gay Revolution Lists with This Book Best Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Non Fiction 580 books 298 voters Reading the Resistance 203 books 13 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews showing 1 30 filter sort default Rating Details 0 copy ratingGraph.clone j rating_details_tip_graph.remove copy.attr id , rating_details_tip_graph copy.find script.remove j rating_details_tip.prepend copy Dec 08, 2015 Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves history, usa, nonfiction, gender studies sexuality lgbt etc For those of you familiar with LGBT history, the basic outline of the story is familiar arrests in the 1940s and 1950s, attempts at respectability with the Mattachines, gay pride parades and Harvey Milk, removal from the DSM, Anita Bryant, AIDS, culture wars, hate crimes law, Lawrence v Thomas, Proposition 8, marriage Faderman s story is filling in the gaps For an earlier example, the Mattachine Society s flirtation with the radical left compared to its tack towards respectability politic For those of you familiar with LGBT history, the basic outline of the story is familiar arrests in the 1940s and 1950s, attempts at respectability with the Mattachines, gay pride parades and Harvey Milk, removal from the DSM, Anita Bryant, AIDS, culture wars, hate crimes law, Lawrence v Thomas, Proposition 8, marriage Faderman s story is filling in the gaps For an earlier example, the Mattachine Society s flirtation with the radical left compared to its tack towards respectability politics There are also early lesbian organizations, like the Daughters of Bilitis Their story follows sometimes a divergent and often parallel trajectories with other organizations for gay men There s also not really enough on trans people, but those who make their presence most known e.g at Stonewall are given their due This is a story of individuals, of the clashes of personality, of their triumphs and defeats, and how they endured There s less of a focus on organizational development, but of a human element to understanding LGBT politics.Life for us is better than it s ever been in the United States, but the revolution is in no sense over There is still no non discrimination law on a federal scale, the religious freedom bills in denying us service are still persistent, and there is still far too much violent homophobia Not to mention all of the other things trans people need, which take up far too much space for me to list here Still, I can only be impressed with this book The interviews date back 40 years, Faderman digs through archives from the federal government to the police at Stonewall It is a culmination of a life s work, and is, in my view, a necessary book flag 26 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 31, 2017 Nancy Regan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Compellingly clear and thoroughly readable It s organized by struggle , with the stories of movement heroes interwoven I learned what precipitated the Stonewall Inn actions and Edith Windsor s backstory I had been a little intimidated by the length, but it s only 635 pages, with the rest being notes A bracing ode to civil rights fighters flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 12, 2015 V Briceland rated it it was amazing review of another edition Most attempts to narrate a history of LGBT activism in the United States might be thwarted not only by the movement s lack of a single, galvanizing historical figure around whom to base it a Martin Luther King, Jr., for example, or a Susan B Anthony but also by a general disorganization born of the LGBT population s sheer diversity and often clashing goals Faderman makes her history effective by focusing on the threads of multiple individuals, then weaving them into a much broader tapestry By Most attempts to narrate a history of LGBT activism in the United States might be thwarted not only by the movement s lack of a single, galvanizing historical figure around whom to base it a Martin Luther King, Jr., for example, or a Susan B Anthony but also by a general disorganization born of the LGBT population s sheer diversity and often clashing goals Faderman makes her history effective by focusing on the threads of multiple individuals, then weaving them into a much broader tapestry By connecting injustices of discrimination and inequality to the human faces who have suffered under them, she fashions an engaging, exciting, and often tense story out of what could easily have read like a collection of dates and a plethora of court cases The Gay Revolution The Story of the Struggle not only hits the expected beats and does so with thorough research and documentation, but manages thoroughly to intertwine many seemingly disparate endeavors in the LGBT struggle to seize control of public perception and to labor for equality over the last eighty years I found the book remarkably moving in spots It s admirable that Faderman makes a convincing case that the seeds planted by the movement s earliest crusaders have, with cultivation, borne remarkable fruit flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 23, 2015 MeriBeth rated it it was ok Shelves history Book received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I wanted to like this book I really, really wanted to like this book because I thought it would be a wonderful addition to GLBTQ scholarship based on the blurb I read when I selected this book at NetGalley However, I could never really connect to the anecdotes told in the book as examples of the struggle for equality in the GLBTQ movement There was, for me at least, little to no context to the stories told in the book nor was there Book received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I wanted to like this book I really, really wanted to like this book because I thought it would be a wonderful addition to GLBTQ scholarship based on the blurb I read when I selected this book at NetGalley However, I could never really connect to the anecdotes told in the book as examples of the struggle for equality in the GLBTQ movement There was, for me at least, little to no context to the stories told in the book nor was there much emotional impact Again, for me Another reader may respond differently I do not know if this is a drawback of the writing style, the way the book was put together or just me For all I know, it s just me as I don t have as the saying goes a dog in the hunt.I read this book as an academic interested in the history of the gay civil rights movement Perhaps, that is why I had trouble with it I kept expecting context or explanation to the anecdotes told, perhaps to show how they advanced the movement, yet often felt like it was just a collection of stories sorted by era Additionally, there seemed to be a slight disconnect between one example and the next something that began with the prologue where we had a story from the 1940s and then popped to 2012 with little connecting the two It took me three tries to read this book I never did fully finish it I finally gave up since, as much as I liked some of the anecdotes told, I had no context for them nor did I often understand why those particular anecdotes were chosen Perhaps someone deeper into the movement or into the academia surrounding the GLBTQ equality movement will better connect with or enjoy this book It just wasn t for me flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 26, 2016 Carey Hanlin rated it liked it The Gay Revolution was interesting and informative enough, but definitely overbloated, and for no particularly good reason The title would also appropriately be The Gay Assimilation because it only clearly and thoroughly represents the narratives of wealthy white assimilationist gay and lesbian folk at the expense of radicals, queer people of color, and trans people altogether While it will occasionally especially in the chapter about marriage and military inclusion bring up radical The Gay Revolution was interesting and informative enough, but definitely overbloated, and for no particularly good reason The title would also appropriately be The Gay Assimilation because it only clearly and thoroughly represents the narratives of wealthy white assimilationist gay and lesbian folk at the expense of radicals, queer people of color, and trans people altogether While it will occasionally especially in the chapter about marriage and military inclusion bring up radical arguments against the focus on marriage and military inclusion, it s clear in both cases that Faderman doesn t take these radical critiques seriously She always gives the final word to the assimilationists, and presents radical arguments as pesky new wave trends flying in the face of original gay and lesbian mainstream goals, which isn t true For example, Faderman references lesbian feminist thought on the military as being a stronghold of male chauvinist piggery which leads me to believe she doesn t critically examine the military, or military inclusion as a noble goal Similarly, her final word on William Dobbs criticisms of the military inclusion movement is that those criticisms were gibberish to the gays and lesbians who had actually served in the military, as if their point of view was righteous than his, and that his opinions were out of touch.Faderman also seems out of touch with trans language and movements She references a genderqueer figure with genderqueer in quotes twice, as if genderqueer isn t just as real an identity as gay or lesbian She also refers to Matthew Shepherd as cisgendered again in quotes and with the unnecessary suffix It makes me wonder if she keeps up with trans language in the same way she keeps up with gay and lesbian language The book comes off as pretty trans exclusive either way In general, Faderman only pays periodic lip service to trans led movements in the same cursory way she only pays lip service to radical movements altogether The Stonewall riots turns away from the points of view of the rioters and only briefly brings up Marsha P Johnson or Sylvia Rivera to focus on the perspectives of cis white outsider journalists Absolutely an inexplicable to the point of bizarre narrative decision The book largely erases bisexuals folk, queers, people of color and trans folk from the narrative, and almost completely leaves out the stories of unpresentable or less palatable queer and trans folk The book also really clumsily evokes comparisons between black civil rights and gay civil rights without critically examining those comparisons or the ways in which the movements are different, and without looking into the perspectives of the people caught at the intersection.This all might sound nitpicky, but it s important when telling queer history to make sure we aren t telling whitewashed or ciswashed queer history, because all history we get taught is already whitewashed and ciswashed But Faderman s book continues that trope and continues to give us one sided history Overall an interesting read, but disappointing in its scope flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it I d call this a masterpiece, although I have some criticisms Faderman handles the large scope of the book well, reminding us about incidents from previous chapters when necessary, and managing to make it read like a mostly coherent narrative I wished there was some theory to it, e.g a stance on whether major changes happen because of individual leaders or combinations of forces And I wish she d stated deliberately that this is a history of legal rights and secondarily of formal organiz I d call this a masterpiece, although I have some criticisms Faderman handles the large scope of the book well, reminding us about incidents from previous chapters when necessary, and managing to make it read like a mostly coherent narrative I wished there was some theory to it, e.g a stance on whether major changes happen because of individual leaders or combinations of forces And I wish she d stated deliberately that this is a history of legal rights and secondarily of formal organizations Public opinion and pop culture are mentioned by the wayside see Joe Biden s crediting of Will Grace with changing social attitudes , but only as they intersect with happenings in Congress or in courtrooms While the history was fascinating, by the time I got near the end I was missing a sense of what it was actually like to live as a gay person in each of the eras she described Also, as the narration got to the 90s, Faderman s own beliefs became too clear she supports gradual legislative changes that often look timid to ordinary people who aren t politicians , and that felt frustrating Still, I never got sick of reading, despite the length of this book or should I say brick , and I learned a lot flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 22, 2015 Rambling Reader rated it it was amazing Shelves 2015 the year of reading women, 2015, queer, history, americana great flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 08, 2017 Kellye rated it really liked it Quite lengthy, but very eye opening Really digs deep into the gay fight for equality flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 06, 2017 Alex rated it really liked it Shelves queer books, history A comprehensive history of the struggle for gay civil rights in the US from the 1940s to present day Faderman has a gift for history in all the times I put the book down and wandered over to something else, I was able to keep track of all the players she mentioned, rather than coming back in confusion Who is Frank Kameny, anyway The book itself is well written and, at times, shocking having such a comprehensive review made me realize just how many gains have been made over my lifetime A comprehensive history of the struggle for gay civil rights in the US from the 1940s to present day Faderman has a gift for history in all the times I put the book down and wandered over to something else, I was able to keep track of all the players she mentioned, rather than coming back in confusion Who is Frank Kameny, anyway The book itself is well written and, at times, shocking having such a comprehensive review made me realize just how many gains have been made over my lifetime Having the timescale really helped.Do note that the focus in this book is gay lesbian, bisexual, and then transgender other in that precise order It s called the gay revolution for a reason I don t fault Faderman for writing what she knows, but it would ve been nice to have an additional chapter at the end detailing modern trans struggles and the ongoing fight for those civil rights It was somewhat glossed over in other chapters Brandon Teena s mentioned in the context of hate crimes, but that s a separate fight that s definitely nowhere close to being finished Acknowledgement of all that s yet to come would ve been helpful.The other thing I had a minor qualm with was the organization For the first half of the book or so, everything was chronological Around section seven or eight, it broke off into subject specific focuses, which was sort of nice but then each of those went chronologically, so you d end one section in 2003 and begin the next back in 1970 Not sure how else I would ve organized it, but those occasional shifts would be a wee bit jarring.Still, if you re looking for a good primer comprehensive review on the subject, this looks to be your best bet I d say use this as a springing off point, after which you can read detailed histories about some of the various subjects afterwards flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 02, 2017 Mike rated it really liked it In the interest of brevity, The Gay Revolution documents the separate threads of the radical versus incrementalist sects of the gay civil rights movement with an exhaustive acuity and yet with a certain breeziness As a sort of epic survey that unites these separate chapters of the movement, it s astonishing I disagree with Faderman s detractors that she gives short shrift to the radical movements and champions incrementalism in the courts, and find that her coverage of the radical theatrics of In the interest of brevity, The Gay Revolution documents the separate threads of the radical versus incrementalist sects of the gay civil rights movement with an exhaustive acuity and yet with a certain breeziness As a sort of epic survey that unites these separate chapters of the movement, it s astonishing I disagree with Faderman s detractors that she gives short shrift to the radical movements and champions incrementalism in the courts, and find that her coverage of the radical theatrics of the Gay Liberation Front demonstrates its efficacy in certain areas e.g., the stunning Anita Bryant chapter whereas the painstaking waiting game of the Lambda Legal Defense Fund reaped its benefits elsewhere This push and pull is my favorite part of the book, and it serves as an excellent primer as to why radicalism versus incrementalism can be characterized either as a conflict or as a toolbox of strategies that can unite a cause via different mechanisms I m also glad that Faderman shows equanimity in her portrayal of gays and lesbians as being opposed to each other she gives gay men their due for their misogyny when working with lesbians, but also shows the non committal mission of the Daughters of Bilitis There are fabulous nuggets of information about how communities ranging from the now heralded Democratic Socialists were highly discriminatory toward homosexuals, to the eerie resemblance of Bryan t rise to Trump s, to the stunning radicalism of unsung hero Dan Choi By the book s end, however, the chapters start to show the wear and tear of Faderman s repeated formula every saga is a short autobiographical snippet followed by the forming of a coalition to fight repeatedly every contention for gay civil rights in the courts The appeal reject appeal yes contest yes saga indubitably paints a picture of the frustrating stubbornness of democratic institutions, but I was surprised that a writer as gifted as Faderman wasn t able to imbue life into the back half of the book I was beginning to feel that she was as bogged down by the repetition of these arcs herself.My copy is ruthlessly highlighted with names of icons I should ve learned a long time ago This book is a much needed education and a highly recommended stepping stone I hope this inspires people to read into the diverse, niche areas of the community as well Now, off to Club Mattachine in DTLA Godspeed, Harry Hay Godspeed flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 21, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing Absolutely incredible A stunning work that reflects the love and devotion of the author to the issue The research she must have done to create this book is mind boggling I cannot recall reading such an impressively researched and written book since I discovered John Boswell s opus magnus than 25 years ago This book ranks up there with that one in its thoroughness Faderman had succeeded in doing what I think needs to be done she has put faces of real people to the history of the gay Absolutely incredible A stunning work that reflects the love and devotion of the author to the issue The research she must have done to create this book is mind boggling I cannot recall reading such an impressively researched and written book since I discovered John Boswell s opus magnus than 25 years ago This book ranks up there with that one in its thoroughness Faderman had succeeded in doing what I think needs to be done she has put faces of real people to the history of the gay struggle She tells the stories of people who have been bullied, in some cases to death, simply for being who they were born to be She tells the story of a retired admiral in the US Navy who was reactivated just so he could be kicked out and have his benefits taken away even though he had been retired for than 10 years She tells the story of a highly respected college professor who was admired by his students, colleagues, and everyone who came in contact with him, until he was accused of being gay Then he lost his job, his career, his identity, his friends, everything.She tells the stories of the founders of the Gay Activists Alliance in late 1969 Here is where I must fault Faderman She did such an impressive job researching this book so I wonder how she missed one of the original founders, Tom Doerr Tom s name and story should have been included since he was the person who gave us the lambda symbol, first as the brand of GAA and then as a symbol of gay pride worldwide for generations This story should have been included It could have been condensed to a couple of paragraphs, but it should have been included.Probably everyone has stories that could have been included because sadly there have been many casualties along the road to the revolution And despite the progress we ve made, the struggle goes on and will go on Faderman has given us a rich history to help us see the people who came before us, on whose shoulders we are standing now.Well done, Dr Faderman Well done and thank you for this impressive history For anyone thinking of reading it, stop thinking and just pick it up and read it You will be enriched by the experience flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 22, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing Lillian Faderman, six time Lambda Literary Award winning historian of gay and lesbian history and literature, vividly brings to life the fight for LGBT rights in the United States with The Gay Revolution The Story of the Struggle This mammoth undertaking runs than 800 pages, but it is highly readable, superbly researched and filled with fascinating stories.While many believe the history of LGBT rights in the United States began with the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, Faderman My Lillian Faderman, six time Lambda Literary Award winning historian of gay and lesbian history and literature, vividly brings to life the fight for LGBT rights in the United States with The Gay Revolution The Story of the Struggle This mammoth undertaking runs than 800 pages, but it is highly readable, superbly researched and filled with fascinating stories.While many believe the history of LGBT rights in the United States began with the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, Faderman My Mother s Wars begins her chronology with Henry Gerber forming the Society for Human Rights in Chicago in 1924 That short lived organization inspired Harry Hay to create the Mattachine Society for gay men in 1950, and Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon to create its lesbian counterpart, the Daughters of Bilitis, in 1955 Although both organizations were fraught with infighting, power struggles and legal troubles they were formed at the height of the McCarthy witch hunt era , they helped members find self esteem during very repressive times Post Stonewall, Faderman delves into the prickly relationship between lesbians and the homophobic early leadership of the National Organization for Women NOW the rise and fall of Anita Bryant and her Save Our Children campaign the election and assassination of Harvey Milk and the AIDS pandemic and the creation of ACT UP, with its savvy media committee Faderman enlivens the courtroom gains and losses in the new millennium with first hand testimonies of the backstage drama This is an essential guide to the gay and lesbian movement, brought to life by a meticulous historian who is also a natural storyteller Discover the fascinating people and their heroic actions behind decades worth of gradual change in the fight for LGBT civil rights in the United States flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 01, 2016 Joe Daniels rated it it was amazing Phenomenal taught me loads Excellent cursory book to understand lgbt equality Though I wish the author spent time discussing different movements and time periods, I m sure most people who read this text have different parts of her history that they would like to see expanded within the text But thats just what this book is an overview of the modern gay civil rights era The author did an excellent job, and I ll certainly read this book again flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 07, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was amazing Very well researched and not boring The author knows her stuff Should be required reading for high school history The gay revolution is just as important as women s suffrage and the civil rights movement for blacks flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 01, 2017 Jo Stafford rated it really liked it Lillian Faderman closes her comprehensive overview of the movement for gay, lesbian, and trans rights with pioneering gay activist Frank Kameny s 1997 observation, We started with nothing, and look what we have wrought SCOTUS s historic 2015 decision making marriage equality United States law was a long way from the 1948 persecution of University of Missouri academic Professor E K Johnston for his homosexuality As Faderman ably demonstrates, the SCOTUS ruling was the culmination of decade Lillian Faderman closes her comprehensive overview of the movement for gay, lesbian, and trans rights with pioneering gay activist Frank Kameny s 1997 observation, We started with nothing, and look what we have wrought SCOTUS s historic 2015 decision making marriage equality United States law was a long way from the 1948 persecution of University of Missouri academic Professor E K Johnston for his homosexuality As Faderman ably demonstrates, the SCOTUS ruling was the culmination of decades of hard work by countless activists who fought battles on many fronts The Gay Revolution takes the reader into the heart of many of these fights in environments including psychiatry conventions, military hearings, gay and lesbian bars, courtrooms, and the White House Faderman explores the diverse approaches to social and legislative change that continue to mark the LGBT community It is not a monolithic community, and heated ideological differences have always been a hallmark of LGBT activism Mattachine Society members were baffled by the Gay Liberation Front s radical politics lesbian separatists were dismayed by what they saw as gay male posturing Yet, in Faderman s account of the fight against the Briggs initiative in California, we see how sometimes warring groups were able to call a truce and work effectively to defeat a homophobic campaign There were times when I felt that Faderman gets bogged down in her insistence on detailing the minutiae of the movement, such as when she recounts discussions about choosing the name for an organization set up to fight Anita Bryant s campaign to repeal an anti discrimination amendment in Dade County, Florida This is a minor criticism of a mighty book, however I learned a great deal from reading The Gay Revolution, and I was reminded that the fight for justice is waged by many people, on many fronts, and we must be vigilant in protecting hard won gains The inspiring history told in this book testifies to the truth of Margaret Mead s famous words Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has flag Like see review Jul 22, 2017 Alex rated it really liked it Shelves audio book This is a solid overview from 1948 to pretty close to the publication date of 2015 It contains lots of stories about individual people I like it.The audio book is 17 discs long But, it is a big story done well flag Like see review May 25, 2017 Adam rated it really liked it The Gay Revolution is an LGBTQ magnum opus, a tour de force, and a historic feat This dense book is compelling, thorough, and absolutely necessary Our history will not be swept under the rugor back in the closet 4.5 stars flag Like see review Jan 25, 2016 Richard Jespers rated it it was amazing There are two things the world may not realize one, that homosexuality has been in existence since the beginning of time with variations worldwide of how homosexuals are treated throughout history and by which culture , and two, that being gay of a political declaration someone once said is not much than a half century old Lillian Faderman, noted LGBT author, addresses the latter struggle with great clarity and insight As with much of the nonfiction I read, I first hear about t There are two things the world may not realize one, that homosexuality has been in existence since the beginning of time with variations worldwide of how homosexuals are treated throughout history and by which culture , and two, that being gay of a political declaration someone once said is not much than a half century old Lillian Faderman, noted LGBT author, addresses the latter struggle with great clarity and insight As with much of the nonfiction I read, I first hear about this tome through C SPAN s forty eight hour weekend programming, Book TV If your cable system doesn t carry C SPAN, you can access Faderman s reading on Book TV by clicking this link Her presentation is very compelling.I m also not sure the citizen at large understands how, legally, the deck has been stacked against gay people in this culture for decades if not centuries There is a time, according to Faderman, when not even the ACLU would handle Gay Rights cases There is a time that the mere whisper of your name in the wrong circles could cost you your job or career She documents this assertion with notable case after case The first real fighter for men is the Mattachine Society established in the 1950s For lesbians it is the Daughters of Bilitis.Faderman s book, including copious Notes and Index, is nearly 800 pages long, but she leaves no story untold Gay Liberation of the jubilant seventies, the AIDS crisis of the eighties and nineties which is ongoing The struggle for gay men and lesbian women to serve in the military The struggle to achieve the right to marry The transgendered She documents every stage of our struggle with accurate, historical detail, yet with a prose that is compelling.A few golden nuggets concerning this valiant struggle In California, there was Atascadero State Hospital, constructed in 1954 at the cost to taxpayers of over 10 million almost 110 million in today s money Atascadero was a maximum security psychiatric prison on the central coast where mentally disordered male lawbreakers including homosexuals from all over California were incarcerated Inmates were treated at Atascadero by a variety of methods, including electroconvulsive therapy lobotomy sterilization, and hormone injections Anectine was used often for behavior modification It was a muscle relaxant, which gave the person to whom it was administered the sensation of choking or drowning, while he received the message from the doctor that if he didn t change his behavior he would die 10 They agreed the manifesto must say that lesbians are just like other women, but so A lesbian is the rage of all women condensed to the point of explosion would be their opening line They d say that heterosexual women become feminists when they finally understand that society doesn t allow them to be complete and free human beings but lesbians had always understood that Feminists are finally realizing that sex roles dehumanize women but lesbians had always understood that they d always refused to accept the limitations and oppressions imposed by the womanly role 233 To be sure, in the years after Frank Kameny s one of the pioneering activists death the advance in rights hasn t been without setback and confrontation For instance, the continued failure of Congress to pass a no exemption Employment Non Discrimination Act wreaked mischief, as in the case of a much loved fifty seven year old physical education teacher at a Catholic school in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio 631 Even as late as 2013, this long time teacher, Carla Hale, loses her job because her sexuality is made known by way of her lover s newspaper obituary Private school or no, this kind of action must stop.For anyone, old or young, struggling to understand the history of the LGBT community in this country, Faderman s book is required reading I found a copy at our local B N Go figure flag Like see review Aug 31, 2015 Jean Marie Angelo rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves history politics I wanted to love this book, because I love the history of LGBTQ people The people and actions chronicled in The Gay Revolution are covered with a respect and reverence that can t be found in other history books Our story is too new and, in some cases, too fringe, to really capture the scholarship dedicated to other histories We rely on writers and historians like Lillian Faderman.So, I am resigned to write that I liked this book That is as good as it gets Faderman has written other importan I wanted to love this book, because I love the history of LGBTQ people The people and actions chronicled in The Gay Revolution are covered with a respect and reverence that can t be found in other history books Our story is too new and, in some cases, too fringe, to really capture the scholarship dedicated to other histories We rely on writers and historians like Lillian Faderman.So, I am resigned to write that I liked this book That is as good as it gets Faderman has written other important histories that read like page turners I loved Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers I think she took on too much by covering the entire LGBTQ movement from 1948 on Or perhaps, she is just not as passionate on the subject as she is about women s history.Still, this is a must read LGBTQ activists need to know how marriage equality was won and about all the players behind the scenes We need to know just how dangerous it was to serve in silence in the armed forces post WWII and before the order to strike Don t Ask, Don t Tell And we need to remember just how cruel the police and FBI were in witch hunting for gays and lesbians At Stonewall in 1969, the community especially the trans community finally fought back Ours is a glorious, hard scrabble history whose advocates and politicians are aging That is all the move reason to read The Gay Revolution We have to tell the stories while there is time to interview the principals This is the I am delighted Faderman wrote this book I just wish it had been better organized and the prose riveting.As always, I have my favorite passages Here are just a few NOW Is The Time To Fight, the leaflets proclaimed The issue is CIVIL RIGHTS, they declared Almost nobody ever before had dared to suggest that homosexuality might have anything to do with civil rights Gays needed to riot, to tear things up a bit, like black people were doing Then the media would have to take notice In newspaper terms, no news is bad news good news is no news and bad news is good news.In 1979, twenty years after she d discovered The Ladder, Robin Tyler, a well known lesbian activist by then, called for the first March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.Yet despite the virulent prejudice that remains despite Congress s failure to pass an Equality Act, such as Bella Abzug and Ed Koch had proposed than forty years earlier, that would in one fell swoop give LGBT people complete, first class citizenship despite occasional setbacks, it s undeniable the arc of the moral universe has been bending toward justice Frank Kameny s observation bears repeating We started with nothing, and look what we have wrought flag Like see review Sep 20, 2016 Lori Morgan rated it liked it So I started this a while ago, and I was enjoying it but always looking for about transgender history as well as LGB history It is very much focused on the LGB aspect, pouring so much information I was overwhelmed by the early chapters when I realised that people are still fired for being LGBT The AIDs crisis needed explanation and seemed lost beneath the tidal wave of other information I recently tried to go back and finish this after losing my place I was just bombarded, and ove So I started this a while ago, and I was enjoying it but always looking for about transgender history as well as LGB history It is very much focused on the LGB aspect, pouring so much information I was overwhelmed by the early chapters when I realised that people are still fired for being LGBT The AIDs crisis needed explanation and seemed lost beneath the tidal wave of other information I recently tried to go back and finish this after losing my place I was just bombarded, and overwhelmed again May come back to this when I m in a better mood headspace flag Like see review Nov 08, 2015 Bookworm rated it it was ok A collection of stories, and will be of interest to some After reading Then Comes Marriage I thought I should supplement my reading with a broader contextual view Unfortunately this book wasn t quite it It s a collection of stories anecdotes of the struggles of the LGBT movement in the US It was difficult for me to know what I should be learning from the various stories without any further context or a greater structural knowledge of the history of the time They were frustrating, infuriat A collection of stories, and will be of interest to some After reading Then Comes Marriage I thought I should supplement my reading with a broader contextual view Unfortunately this book wasn t quite it It s a collection of stories anecdotes of the struggles of the LGBT movement in the US It was difficult for me to know what I should be learning from the various stories without any further context or a greater structural knowledge of the history of the time They were frustrating, infuriating, enraging stories that should be told and need to be told But I m not sure what the author was trying to convey I was hoping I d learn about the change of people s views, laws, legislation as time goes by And there is some of that, but the author seems interested in telling these individual stories And there s nothing wrong with doing so in this format, because many wouldn t necessarily be able to fill out their own books on the subject However, the front flap calls this the defining account and is the most authoritative and complete history of the movement I would hesitate to agree with this statement I feel the book really assumes a level of knowledge that the reader might not have and would be unable to fill in the gaps Towards the end of the book the author does include the story that is covered by Then Comes Marriage United States v Windsor and I felt I did understand that part better since it was recent and I read a book about it But I didn t think the same with many other parts of the book and that s a shame I think this book is important but would have to be used in conjunction with other texts to supplement it It s probably a book that would pop up on class syllabi about LGBT history which is not bad, but I just think it s a book that needs to be read in the context of others or is of use to someone who has knowledge than I Recommend library for sure, although it would probably make a great purchase for the right person flag Like see review Dec 13, 2016 Devon rated it liked it Lillian Faderman really believes in incrementalism Often, she ll be explaining the legal efforts that went into building a case for some policy act, whether it s non discrimination ordinances or the right for folks to serve openly in the military, and then she ll mention that some people opposed these efforts for not being radical enough Cue the blithe dismissal of radical concerns It s especially irritating when she s describing Barney Frank s efforts to decouple employment protections for t Lillian Faderman really believes in incrementalism Often, she ll be explaining the legal efforts that went into building a case for some policy act, whether it s non discrimination ordinances or the right for folks to serve openly in the military, and then she ll mention that some people opposed these efforts for not being radical enough Cue the blithe dismissal of radical concerns It s especially irritating when she s describing Barney Frank s efforts to decouple employment protections for trans people from protections for LGB people She nearly outright endorses Frank s view that trans folks need to wait their turn, wait until their movement is bigger, before they should be accorded any rights Not to mention the scare quotes Faderman places around genderqueer and her tendency to use transgender as a noun This is all very annoying to my radical queer heart But I also think this book is a pretty good primer on American gay and lesbian history, and especially in the pre 80s sections of the book, Faderman casts the agitators and proto wonks in colorful detail I found her profile of Harry Hay especially interesting, and it made me want to read much about the separatist femme socialist who formed the first organization of gay people in the United States In the end, I wish I d read a queer history from that perspective, instead of Faderman s But the comprehensive review of gay and lesbian political gains is still illuminating, and if you re like me and your knowledge of American LGB history comes in disconnected bursts, you ll probably learn a lot from this book flag Like see review Oct 20, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it Shelves history, social sciences, index, plates An excellent overview of the gay civil rights struggle over the last half century The early chapters are a bit chronologically organized, probably because there were fewer people and groups involved and the rather than multiple issues, there was just basic survival The latter half of the book seemed issue focused military service, city non discrimination legislation, marriage equality, AIDS and jumped around a bit .Faderman does that thing I love in overarching histories like t An excellent overview of the gay civil rights struggle over the last half century The early chapters are a bit chronologically organized, probably because there were fewer people and groups involved and the rather than multiple issues, there was just basic survival The latter half of the book seemed issue focused military service, city non discrimination legislation, marriage equality, AIDS and jumped around a bit .Faderman does that thing I love in overarching histories like this, using small personal stories as an entree into a larger movement Some of the stars of this book were people I had heard of and read about before, many were new to me It was shame that the major writing was finished just before last summer s landmark Supreme Court marriage equality ruling it had to be handled in the epilogue and didn t get her full treatment, which I would have enjoyed.One theme that I didn t anticipate and that really stuck out for me was the struggle between factions within the gay right movement between radicals and the establishment and how radicals became established over time Faderman addresses a lot in the book, and it was an eye opener Both approaches have done so much to further gay rights, and the division is still there Maybe that s just a fixture of social movements in general.A personal observation there seemed to be a lot of attention paid to the style of clothes and types of cars that gay rights pioneers wore and drove It was almost funny at times flag Like see review Feb 08, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it Shelves history, nonfiction This was a great overview of the changing place of gays in American society and the various people and groups involved in making it happen It was engaging and well written.The only quibble I have with the book is that it seems biased in certain respects not that I begrudge the author taking sides in the same way that I don t think authors writing about slavery should show some sort of balanced view on that institution but it seems to me that in many cases the actual facts don t seem to 10 This was a great overview of the changing place of gays in American society and the various people and groups involved in making it happen It was engaging and well written.The only quibble I have with the book is that it seems biased in certain respects not that I begrudge the author taking sides in the same way that I don t think authors writing about slavery should show some sort of balanced view on that institution but it seems to me that in many cases the actual facts don t seem to 100% add up, or are interpreted generously in favor of the people on the right side.For example, when talking about the entrapment stings the cops pulled on gay men in the 50s and 60s, the author always made it sound like the guys were just standing around when cops came up and arrested them for made up gay crimes This may be true, but it left a weird gap given that she seemed to indicate that straight people had no idea this shit was happening how did the cops manage to frame a straight person every time instead of these innocent guys hanging around in cruising spots just to get some air Mind you, it s just as reprehensible to me that there were anti sodomy laws in the first place, and I m no friend to police, but I m not a fan of making villains out to be villainous than they actually are.Still, it s definitely worth reading, and a pretty inspiring story of how, in at least this one respect, people in America have at least started to learn to mind their own god damned business and stop trying to run other peoples lives flag Like see review May 02, 2016 Mirrordance rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook, essay, lgbt, english, svuota scaffale 2016, mai letto prima Non esattamente un saggio ma una storia del movimento e della lotta per i diritti LGBT in America raccontata attraverso le storie personali di tanti attivisti e cittadini normali Una composizione di storie personali che si ricompongono e si intrecciano nel tempo e nello spazio per ricostruire il quadro completo Questo modo di organizzare la narrazione, che ad alcuni apparso la sua debolezza a me invece sembrato la sua forza L autrice parte sempre dalle storie personali, dalle persone co Non esattamente un saggio ma una storia del movimento e della lotta per i diritti LGBT in America raccontata attraverso le storie personali di tanti attivisti e cittadini normali Una composizione di storie personali che si ricompongono e si intrecciano nel tempo e nello spazio per ricostruire il quadro completo Questo modo di organizzare la narrazione, che ad alcuni apparso la sua debolezza a me invece sembrato la sua forza L autrice parte sempre dalle storie personali, dalle persone come esseri umani per spiegare come le lotte hanno influenzato e condizionato la loro vita e, in pochi casi fortunati, quando i cambiamenti ci sono stati, come l hanno migliorata.Gli stati uniti, che per alcuni aspetti appaiono terra di libert non sono questo paese cos illuminato e sono stati molto condizionati dalla religione nelle loro battaglie per i diritti civili Le leggi dei singoli stati differiscono e ci vuole temnpo affinche alcuni principi vengano regolati dalle leggi federali.L aver letto il libro in forma audio e narrazione ha contribuito alla sua scorrevolezza E un libro molto lungo e una lettura tradizionale forse sarebbe stata pi arida e meno partecipata Preciso e puntuale nella ricostruziuone storica attraverso un ampio numero di casi, alcuni tanto eclatanti da raggiungere anche la vecchia europa, altri marginali ma che danno un quadro variegato del paese Con la speranza che i passi avanti non vengano mai percorsi all indietro flag Like see review Mar 23, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing An incredibly comprehensive look at the struggle for gay rights in the United States, The Gay Revolution evaluates gay rights issues from a topical perspective This means that rather than doing everything chronologically, the book is organized by major topics However these topics follow a logical, chronological pattern so the book doesn t feel like it s skipping around that much The Gay Revolution covers the homosexual witch hunts of the 1940s and 50s, the beginnings of both conventional and An incredibly comprehensive look at the struggle for gay rights in the United States, The Gay Revolution evaluates gay rights issues from a topical perspective This means that rather than doing everything chronologically, the book is organized by major topics However these topics follow a logical, chronological pattern so the book doesn t feel like it s skipping around that much The Gay Revolution covers the homosexual witch hunts of the 1940s and 50s, the beginnings of both conventional and radical gay activism, the zap protests of the 1960s and 70s, gays in the military, Anita Bryant and her anti gay crusade in Miami, the AIDS epidemic, the reclassification of homosexuality by psychiatrists, the repeal of sodomy laws and the eventual rejection of the notion that homosexuals are criminals, and marriage equality among other topics If this seems like a lot to cover, bear in mind it is a 600 page book Though the book is long, the martial is so compelling that reading the book never feels like a slog If you want to learn about the history of the fight for gay rights this is the book to read flag Like see review Feb 11, 2016 S rated it it was amazing Shelves read and do not own I feel that many LGBT people are totally unaware of our history to a frightening degree If we are complacent, careless, and dazed then we will not appreciate what we have won We will become slack and disinterested in fighting inequality We need to be mad We need to stay mad We need to be radical.Being gay is than Beyonce and RuPaul drag shows Try not to be overtly entertained and therefore miss something that may warrant real concern In reading this book I am even convinced than I feel that many LGBT people are totally unaware of our history to a frightening degree If we are complacent, careless, and dazed then we will not appreciate what we have won We will become slack and disinterested in fighting inequality We need to be mad We need to stay mad We need to be radical.Being gay is than Beyonce and RuPaul drag shows Try not to be overtly entertained and therefore miss something that may warrant real concern In reading this book I am even convinced than ever that radicalism is the only thing that has ever gotten anything done The mainstream, easy goes it, measured, Gay Inc might be good for business and might make us feel comfortable but at every step of the way, it has been radical ideals and methods that have pushed the issues forward and made the biggest strides in equality.That being said, this book is very dense and highly researched It was obviously designed to be a textbook for a college level gay history course The different parts are separated loosely chronologically but mainly defined by topic flag Like see review Dec 06, 2015 Al Zaquan rated it really liked it This is a very comprehensive book that provides the backstory of the gay struggle in the US For all the achievements the movement has accomplished, little and big, there were actual lives destroyed by systemic oppression and prejudice, there were people who took big risks by saying enough was enough The author has provided a version of this history that feels full and inclusive, but because this was such a lengthy story with so many individuals involved, inevitably the personal histories and b This is a very comprehensive book that provides the backstory of the gay struggle in the US For all the achievements the movement has accomplished, little and big, there were actual lives destroyed by systemic oppression and prejudice, there were people who took big risks by saying enough was enough The author has provided a version of this history that feels full and inclusive, but because this was such a lengthy story with so many individuals involved, inevitably the personal histories and backstories of each person could not be covered The tone of this book is factual and pragmatic, and as a result it appears impersonal and unfeeling a lot of times It has all the knowledgable and methodical approach of a good textbook While I wish I was given specifics on the individual lives of those involved in the fight, I think this was a good summary of the big picture which covers thousands of people who fought and won or loss, and a timeline that covers over 40 years flag Like see review Jul 22, 2015 David rated it it was amazing Shelves back to library This wonderful book is too long for me to read at the moment, but I read enough of it to know that it s a great read, so I look forward to reading it all at some point After reading the prologue and the epilogue, I dipped in here and there, and am very impressed I had never read about Dore Legg s four horseman concept of our enemies back then The Social, the Scientific, the Religious, and the Legal And it was great to read about a series of early engagements that put us on the way to the This wonderful book is too long for me to read at the moment, but I read enough of it to know that it s a great read, so I look forward to reading it all at some point After reading the prologue and the epilogue, I dipped in here and there, and am very impressed I had never read about Dore Legg s four horseman concept of our enemies back then The Social, the Scientific, the Religious, and the Legal And it was great to read about a series of early engagements that put us on the way to the amazing progress that has been made in my lifetime Plenty still to do, of course, but we really have come an amazingly long way in a very short time Another part of the story that I read was about Lesbian Feminism, and it was fascinating Chapter 14 I m taking it back to the library now, so others can read it, satisfied that it will be there for me to pick up again, when I have time for such a major tome Highly recommended, based on what I read so far flag Like see review Jul 22, 2016 Just A Bean rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves lgbt, history, american The book starts with two stories One of an acclaimed professor being dismissed from his job and blacklisted for being gay, another of a military officer inviting her legal wife to her pinning ceremony, both set in the US, about sixty years apart, and then goes on to tell stories about how we all got here from there.As other reviewers have noted, it s far from comprehensive, is mostly LGB focused until the end, tends to lean pretty hard on anecdotes and storytelling, and only covers the USA from The book starts with two stories One of an acclaimed professor being dismissed from his job and blacklisted for being gay, another of a military officer inviting her legal wife to her pinning ceremony, both set in the US, about sixty years apart, and then goes on to tell stories about how we all got here from there.As other reviewers have noted, it s far from comprehensive, is mostly LGB focused until the end, tends to lean pretty hard on anecdotes and storytelling, and only covers the USA from 1950 2015 Within those limits, it does a good job, is highly entertaining, and fills in a lot of blanks in my LGB history It would give a nice starting place for people who wanted an overview, and then later wanted to read about one aspect or another in depth.The narrator was very good I especially liked her voices for known political figures flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed.



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The Gay Revolution
Hadrian

For those of you familiar with LGBT history, the basic outline of the story is familiar arrests in the 1940s and 1950s, attempts at respectability with the Mattachines, gay pride parades and Harvey Milk, removal from the DSM, Anita Bryant, AIDS, culture wars, hate crimes law, Lawrence v Thomas, Proposition 8, marriage Faderman s story is filling in the gaps For an earlier example, the Mattachine Society s flirtation with the radical left compared to its tack towards respectability politic

The Gay Revolution
Nancy Regan

Compellingly clear and thoroughly readable It s organized by struggle , with the stories of movement heroes interwoven I learned what precipitated the Stonewall Inn actions and Edith Windsor s backstory I had been a little intimidated by the length, but it s only 635 pages, with the rest being notes A bracing ode to civil rights fighters.

The Gay Revolution
V. Briceland

Most attempts to narrate a history of LGBT activism in the United States might be thwarted not only by the movement s lack of a single, galvanizing historical figure around whom to base it a Martin Luther King, Jr., for example, or a Susan B Anthony but also by a general disorganization born of the LGBT population s sheer diversity and often clashing goals Faderman makes her history effective by focusing on the threads of multiple individuals, then weaving them into a much broader tapestry By

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MeriBeth

Book received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I wanted to like this book I really, really wanted to like this book because I thought it would be a wonderful addition to GLBTQ scholarship based on the blurb I read when I selected this book at NetGalley However, I could never really connect to the anecdotes told in the book as examples of the struggle for equality in the GLBTQ movement There was, for me at least, little to no context to the stories told in the book nor was there

The Gay Revolution
Carey Hanlin

The Gay Revolution was interesting and informative enough, but definitely overbloated, and for no particularly good reason The title would also appropriately be The Gay Assimilation because it only clearly and thoroughly represents the narratives of wealthy white assimilationist gay and lesbian folk at the expense of radicals, queer people of color, and trans people altogether While it will occasionally especially in the chapter about marriage and military inclusion bring up radical

The Gay Revolution
Karen

I d call this a masterpiece, although I have some criticisms Faderman handles the large scope of the book well, reminding us about incidents from previous chapters when necessary, and managing to make it read like a mostly coherent narrative I wished there was some theory to it, e.g a stance on whether major changes happen because of individual leaders or combinations of forces And I wish she d stated deliberately that this is a history of legal rights and secondarily of formal organiz

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Rambling Reader

great

The Gay Revolution
Kellye

Quite lengthy, but very eye opening Really digs deep into the gay fight for equality.

The Gay Revolution
Alex

A comprehensive history of the struggle for gay civil rights in the US from the 1940s to present day Faderman has a gift for history in all the times I put the book down and wandered over to something else, I was able to keep track of all the players she mentioned, rather than coming back in confusion Who is Frank Kameny, anyway The book itself is well written and, at times, shocking having such a comprehensive review made me realize just how many gains have been made over my lifetime.

The Gay Revolution
Mike

In the interest of brevity, The Gay Revolution documents the separate threads of the radical versus incrementalist sects of the gay civil rights movement with an exhaustive acuity and yet with a certain breeziness As a sort of epic survey that unites these separate chapters of the movement, it s astonishing I disagree with Faderman s detractors that she gives short shrift to the radical movements and champions incrementalism in the courts, and find that her coverage of the radical theatrics of

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