In a New Century

In a New Century

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For gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States, the twenty-first century has brought dramatic changes: the end of sodomy laws, the elimination of a€œDona€™t Ask, Dona€™t Tell, a€ a move toward recognition of same-sex marriage, Gay-Straight Alliances in thousands of high schools, and an explosion of visibility in the media and popular culture. All of this would have been unimaginable to those living just a few decades ago. Yet, at the same time, the American political system has grown ever more conservative, and increasing economic inequality has been a defining feature of the new century. A pioneering scholar of gay history, John Da€™Emilio reflects in this wide-ranging collection of essays upon the social, cultural, and political changes provoked by LGBT activism. He offers provocative questions and historical analyses: What can we learn from a life-long activist like Bayard Rustin, who questioned the wisdom of a€œidentity politicsa€? Was Richard Nixon a a€œgay liberationista€? How can knowing local storiesa€”like those of Chicago in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970sa€”help build stronger communities and enrich traditions of activism? Might the focus on achieving actually be evidence of growing conservatism in LGBT communities? In a New Century provides a dynamic, thoughtful, and important resource for identifying changes that have occurred in the United States since 1960, taking stock of the work that still needs to be done, and issuing an urgent call to action for getting there.Essays on Queer History, Politics, and Community Life John Da#39;Emilio. Publication of this volume has been made possible, in part, through support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the University of Illinois at Chicago. 5 6 7 8 9 11anbsp;...

Title:In a New Century
Author:John D’Emilio
Publisher:University of Wisconsin Pres - 2014-05-07


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