Category: Gay Lesbian Nonfiction

Gay Rights at the Ballot Box by Amy L. Stone

By Amy L. Stone

The passage of the anti-gay marriage Proposition eight in California in 2008 shocked homosexual rights activists around the kingdom. even though dealing with a well-funded crusade in aid of the poll degree, LGBT activists had strong purposes for optimism, together with the dimensions and energy in their crusade. considering 1974, the LGBT stream has fought 146 anti-gay poll tasks backed through the spiritual correct and has built cutting edge ideas to oppose those measures. In Gay Rights on the poll Box, Amy L. Stone examines how the strategies of LGBT activists have advanced and unravels the advanced courting among poll degree campaigns and the wider objectives of the LGBT movement.

The first accomplished background of anti-gay poll measures, either these basically tried and people effectively placed sooner than citizens, this e-book attracts on archival learn and interviews with multiple hundred LGBT activists to supply an in depth account of the campaigns to forestall such poll measures from passing into legislation. As Stone indicates via in-depth case experiences, even if LGBT activists misplaced the majority of those fights, in addition they received major statewide victories in Oregon in 1992 and Arizona in 2006, and native successes, together with ones in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1998 and 2002.

Stone analyzes how LGBT activists consistently sophisticated their crusade strategies based on either victories and defeats. She additionally stresses that such campaigns have performed either a complementary and contradictory position in the LGBT move. particular anti-ballot campaigns and the wider stream do usually improve one another. notwithstanding, poll degree campaigns occasionally distract activists from the movement’s extra normal ambitions, and activists on the move point can strain neighborhood campaigns to tackle greater than they could deal with. With homosexual rights coming below expanding attack from the non secular correct, this publication is a crucial source for LGBT activists and others operating to dam their efforts.

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Jack Nichols, Gay Pioneer: “Have You Heard My Message?” by J. Louis Campbell III

By J. Louis Campbell III

One of the founders of the homosexual and lesbian liberation flow, Jack Nichols used to be a warrior for homosexual equality. Recounting his existence and paintings, Jack Nichols, homosexual Pioneer: “Have You Heard My Message?” skillfully weaves the tale of a guy, a stream, and a second that formed homosexual and lesbian historical past. This robust biography captures the knowledge, ardour, and spirit of a prolific activist and inspirational person who refused to be silent in a society that thought of homosexuality to be sinful and legal.


As a journalist, activist, and editor of the 1st homosexual weekly newspaper within the usa, Jack Nichols left a legacy of homosexual rights, homosexual satisfaction, and great braveness. masking episodes sooner than and after Stonewall, throughout the AIDS epidemic, and past, Jack Nichols, homosexual Pioneer charts the lifetime of this pivotal determine from his youth within the suburbs of Washington, DC, to his ultimate impassioned days in a Florida melanoma remedy middle in 2005. This ebook additionally explores Nichols’ relatives heritage and its particular impression on his activist traits, in addition to his progressive dating with Lige Clark and their prestige as “the most renowned homosexuals in America.”


Thoughtful and relocating, Jack Nichols: homosexual Pioneer additionally comprises the tips Nichols used to convey the circulation to severe mass, and the assets that have been influential to his paintings. many of the subject matters exact during this ebook are the early effect of Burns and Whitman at the gay stream, the combination of androgyny and anarchism into his activist philosophy, his assault at the psychiatric establishment’s concept of homosexuality as a “sickness”, and his paintings and imaginative and prescient in men’s liberation.


Jack Nichols, homosexual Pioneer: “Have You Heard My Message?” deals a compelling examine the fellow and the circulate, in addition to a wealth of hard-to-find summaries on underground homosexual journalism, special references, own pictures, and a whole bibliography of Nichols’s significant writings. This booklet is an critical source for someone attracted to the heritage and way forward for LGBT pursuits, in addition to scholars, educators, and researchers looking a accomplished and thorough remedy of this innovative figure.

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The Sea Is Quiet Tonight by Michael H. Ward

By Michael H. Ward

during this insightful and inspirational memoir, Michael Ward returns to the early years of the AIDS epidemic, while so little used to be identified and so few who have been clinically determined survived. He chronicles in candid element his companion Mark's decline and eventual loss of life. through on reflection on those devastating occasions, the writer not just honors a new release misplaced to the sickness but in addition opens an essential window onto the prior, sooner than drugs helped shop lives and while HIV/AIDS was once often a dying sentence.

About the Author

Michael is a retired psychotherapist. He used to be instrumental within the improvement of The Shared Heart (William Morrow, 1997), which offers the snap shots and coming-out tales of 40 homosexual and lesbian little ones. The Shared center won the yank Library Association's homosexual, Lesbian, and Bisexual ebook Award within the nonfiction classification in 1998. It used to be additionally on ALA's most sensible Books for teens record in 1999. fortunately married, Michael lives on Cape Cod along with his husband, Moe, and cat, Jack. stopover at Michael on-line at theseaisquiet.com

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On Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and the Rule of Law: by Mark Strasser

By Mark Strasser

The usa structure has already been interpreted to supply a number of family-related protections which, if utilized constantly, additionally shield same-sex and their young ones. purely by way of appreciably reformulating and seriously undermining current protections can courts and commentators justify the declare that the Federal structure doesn't provide a wealth of family members protections, together with the fitting to marry a same-sex partner.

Discussing the constitutional implications of civil unions with a unique specialise in how they may be handled within the interstate context, Strasser explains how the courts and commentators have remodeled and considerably weakened quite a few constitutional protections of their makes an attempt to set up that same-sex are usually not afforded constitutional protections. He additional means that the constitutional protections for faith help instead of undermine the constitutional safety of same-sex unions.

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Out of the Closet, Into the Archives: Researching Sexual by Amy L. Stone,Jaime Cantrell

By Amy L. Stone,Jaime Cantrell

The first ebook to target the adventure of LGBT archival research.

Out of the Closet, Into the Archives takes readers contained in the event of the way it feels to do queer archival examine and queer examine within the archive. The archive, very similar to the closet, exposes quite a few degrees of public and privateness—recognition, wisdom, refusal, impulse, disclosure, framing, silence, cultural intelligibility—each mediated and made up our minds via subjective insider/outsider methods of realizing. The members draw on their studies engaging in examine in disciplines comparable to sociology, African American stories, English, communications, functionality stories, anthropology, and women’s and gender reviews. those essays problem students to have interaction with their affective event of being within the archive, illuminating how the distance of the archive calls for a distinct type of deeply own, embodied research.

Amy L. Stone is affiliate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity collage and writer of Gay Rights on the poll Box.

Jaime Cantrell is traveling Assistant Professor of English on the collage of Mississippi.

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Censoring Sex Research: The Debate over Male by Thomas K Hubbard,Beert Verstraete

By Thomas K Hubbard,Beert Verstraete

This quantity sheds gentle on the most explosive episodes of censure of educational scholarship in contemporary many years. Bruce Rind, a former psychology professor at Temple college, investigated sexual relatives among male adults and teens via background and throughout cultures, from hugely institutionalized relationships in historic Greece and Rome, to 33 modern cultures together with the united states, and between numerous species. His conclusions that those kin, whilst consensual, will not be consistently unfavorable was once radical, yet established in his study findings. Even ahead of booklet of an invited article at the subject, he was once subjected to extensive assaults, censured, and censored. This booklet offers a considerably prolonged model of Rind’s unique, unpublished article, plus 12 scholarly responses to his paintings that argue for or opposed to Rind’s conclusions or provide priceless context on his paintings. For somebody attracted to intercourse study and the tutorial freedom concerns surrounding it, no matter if supportive of or vehemently against Rind’s rules, this publication is a must-read.

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Sexual Minorities and Politics: An Introduction by Jason Pierceson

By Jason Pierceson

The political illustration and involvement of sexual minorities within the usa has been hugely contested and fiercely debated. As fresh legislative and judicial victories create inroads in the direction of equality for this becoming inhabitants, individuals and advocates of those minorities navigate evolving political and felony platforms whereas carrying on with to struggle opposed to societal and institutional resistance. Sexual Minorities and Politics is the 1st textbook to supply scholars with an up to date, thorough, and complete assessment of the historic, political, and criminal prestige of sexual and gender minorities. Skillfully synthesizing the examine of political scientists, political theorists, and historians, Jason Pierceson describes the historical past of the LGBT rights circulation, chronicles the construction of political and criminal activities and the responses to them, examines philosophical debates inside of and concerning the flow, and assesses the present nation of the politics and regulations bearing on sexual minorities. In addition to scrupulously based analyses and contextual reasons, the textual content presents lists of key words and dialogue questions in every one bankruptcy to assist scholar comprehension and gas school room debate.

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The Lesbian Lyre: Reclaiming Sappho for the 21st Century by Jeffrey Duban

By Jeffrey Duban

Hailed by way of Plato because the “Tenth Muse” of old Greek poetry, Sappho is inarguably antiquity’s maximum lyric poet. Born over 2,600 years in the past at the Greek island of Lesbos, and writing amorously of ladies and males alike, she is the namesake lesbian. What’s left of her writing, and what we all know of her, is fragmentary. Shrouded in secret, she is still time and again translated and mentioned – no, appropriated – through all. Sappho has so much lately passed through numerous remedies by way of agenda-driven students and so-called poet-translators with very little wisdom of Greek. Classicist-translator Jeffrey Duban debunks the postmodernist scholarship in which Sappho is interpreted this present day and gives translations reflecting the allure and chic simplicity of the originals. Duban presents a reader-friendly evaluate of Sappho’s occasions and issues, exploring her eroticism and Greek homosexuality total. He introduces us to Sappho’s hugely cultured island domestic, to its lyre-accompanied musical legends, and to the fabled fantastic thing about Lesbian ladies. now not least, he emphasizes the proximity of Lesbos to Troy, making the interpretation and pleasure of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey yet another concentration. greater than anything, argues Duban, it really is loose verse and its rampant legacy – and no people greater than Walt Whitman and Ezra Pound – that undergo accountability for the damage of today’s classics in translation, to assert not anything of poetry within the 20th century. past issues of mirrored image for classicists, Duban presents a far-ranging beginner’s advisor to classical literature, with forays into Spenser and Milton, and into the colonial impulse of Virgil, Spenser, and the West at large.

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Awfully Devoted Women: Lesbian Lives in Canada, 1900-65 by Cameron Duder

By Cameron Duder

The lives of many lesbians ahead of 1965 stay cloaked in secret. Historians have became the highlight on upper-middle-class “romantic buddies” and on working-class butch and femme ladies, however the lives of the lower-middle-class majority stay within the shadows. Awfully committed Women bargains a portrait of middle-class lesbianism within the many years ahead of the homosexual rights circulate in English Canada. This intimate research of the lives of girls who have been compelled to like in mystery not just demanding situations the concept that lesbian relationships some time past have been asexual, it additionally finds the braveness it took to discover wish in an period whilst ladies have been purported to recognize little approximately sexuality.

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Forbidden Friendships: Homosexuality and Male Culture in by Michael Rocke

By Michael Rocke

"This is a wonderful paintings of scholarship, very unlikely to overpraise.... It marks a milestone within the 20-year upward push of homosexual and lesbian studies."--Martin Duberman, The Advocate

The males of Renaissance Florence have been so popular for sodomy that "Florenzer" in German intended "sodomite." within the past due 15th century, as many as one in Florentine males had come to the eye of the professionals for sodomy by the point they have been thirty. In 1432 The place of work of the evening was once created particularly to police sodomy in Florence. certainly, approximately all Florentine men most likely had a few form of same-sex event as part of their "normal" sexual life.

Seventy years of denunciations, interrogations, and sentencings left a very unique list, which writer Michael Rocke has utilized in his brilliant depiction of this bright sexual tradition in an international the place those same-sex acts weren't the deviant transgressions of a small minority, yet a vital part of a standard masculine identification. Rocke roots this sexual intercourse within the broader context of Renaissance Florence, with its social networks of households, juvenile gangs, friends, patronage, workshops, and confraternities, and its busy political existence from the early years of the Republic during the interval of Lorenzo de' Medici, Savonarola, and the start of Medici princely rule. His richly unique booklet paints a desirable photograph of Renaissance Florence and calls into query our glossy conceptions of gender and sexual identity.

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