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The Gay Revolution por Lillian Faderman
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The Gay Revolution (original 2015; edição 2015)

por Lillian Faderman (Autor)

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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.
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Título:The Gay Revolution
Autores:Lillian Faderman (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2015), Edition: First Edition, First Printing., 816 pages
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Etiquetas:LGBTT* LAW/POLITICS/LIBERATION/HOMOPHOBIA (LAW)

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The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle por Lillian Faderman (2015)

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I picked this title up to read for a book group, and liked it a lot more than I expected to. Faderman pulls together many, many threads and weaves them it into a narrative, mixing the familiar with stories of unknown people who represent many thousands of others--people whose lives were shredded in the dark, mid-century days and those who lived to experience triumphant outcomes in the Obama years. For 630 pages, the narrative is gripping and compelling: a real achievement in narrative non-fiction. There are many works of popular gay history, but it's hard to think of one that covers this much ground so well. Highly recommended. ( )
  STLreader | Aug 15, 2020 |
This book provides a historical overview of the gay rights movement in the United States from the post-World War II era to the present. This sprawling account covers numerous groups, individuals, movements, protests, and legal cases that changed the status for LGBTQ people. If one thing is clear, there is no one "great person" who lead the struggle, but it was a multi-generational effort of groups of people who stood up for equality.

The book starts in the 1950s when gays & lesbians were not only in danger of arrests, beatings, robbery, and sexual assault at the hands of the local police "Morals Squad," but a "Lavender Scare" saw the exposure and firing of numerous gay & lesbian people working for the US government. This occurred at the same time as the more famous "Red Scare," but may have had an even more widespread and devastating effect. In 1950, the Mattachine Society organized in Los Angeles as the first activist group to advocate for the rights of gay American citizens, with chapters in other cities established soon afterward. The Daughters of Bilitis, a lesbian civil rights group, was founded in San Francisco in 1956. Early activism focused on court cases to defend gay people from losing employment, with some success.

The Stonewall Uprising of 1969 was a turning point, where the patrons of the Greenwich Village gay bar - inspired by the Civil Rights and anti-war movements - decided to stand their ground against a police raid. The multi-day riots kicked off a decade of mass movement protests and pride parades. The 1970s also saw gay activists take on the American Psychiatric Association to stop having homosexuality classified as a mental disorder. Communities began to include gays and lesbians in their antidiscrimination codes, which prompted a backlash from conservative Christians. Most famously, entertainer Anita Bryant lead an anti-gay movement in Florida. Faderman credits Bryant as an accidental advocate for gay civil rights by bringing attention to their discrimination.

The 1980s is defined by the AIDS crisis and the deaths that devastated a generation of gay people. Faderman notes that AIDS had the effect of strengthening gay rights activism, with the shadow of death making previous infighting seem irrelevant, and prompting people to be greater radicalism. ACT UP, founded in New York in 1987, staged direct action events at government buildings, the New York Stock Exchanged, and churches to bring attention to the lack of action to treat people with AIDS and seek a cure. (Oddly enough, I had a run in with an angry conservative woman in the early 90s who said that gay men spit out communion at St. Patrick's Cathedral, which I'd always thought to be bigoted hyperbole, but it turns out it actually happened, although it makes more sense in the context of the protest).

I found the final chapters of the book that cover the 1990s and 2000s less interesting than the rest of the book, perhaps because it covered events that I remember living through. The focus here shifts from activist people and groups, to government action and becomes more a litany of court cases and presidential campaigns that affected gay civil rights, than the work of the people behind it. Still, this book is overall a good resource to get the big picture of struggle for LGBTQ equality. ( )
  Othemts | Jul 14, 2019 |
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 more about the change of people's views, laws, legislation as time goes by. And there is some of that, but the author seems more 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 more use to someone who has more knowledge than I. Recommend library for sure, although it would probably make a great purchase for the right person.
 
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  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
A fantastic completion of the stories of ordinary and extraordinary activists that transformed our society. Wonderfully composed into brief chapters and sections that draw you into the period and move you along into the next step of the revolution. ( )
  MichaelC.Oliveira | May 21, 2016 |
An essential book about the movement to include gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in U.S. society from the 1950s to the present.

Lillian Faderman has long been a leading figure researching and writing about lesbian history. In the early 1980s, she began publishing books that introduced us all to lesbians from the past giving a historical validation to the lesbians who were suddenly speaking out around us. Since then she continued her careful scholarship and has won numerous awards for her books. Now, in The Gay Revolution, she tells a comprehensive story of the movement for lesbians, gay men and other sexual outsiders to be fully accepted in U.S. society.

Read more: http://wp.me/p24OK2-1pF ( )
  mdbrady | May 17, 2015 |
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