Sexual Strangers: Gays, Lesbians, and Dilemmas of Citizenship
January 15th, 2001
ISBN 1566398282 (ISBN13: 9781566398282)
Raises the issue of whether lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people can be seen as American citizens. Phelan argues that homosexuals are seen as strangers, ambiguous figures who trouble the border between us and them.
Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States
April 26th, 2013
ISBN 0199982171 (ISBN13: 9780199982172)
In Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States, Robert J. Hume examines how the democratization of state courts and state constitutional systems has influenced the capacity of judges to protect minority rights. Through an intensive examination of same-sex marriage policy, Hume shows that democratic innovations like judicial elections and initiative amendment procedures have conditioned the impact of judges on state marriage laws. Using a combination of original and publicly available data, Hume demonstrates that "courthouse democracy" has influenced the behavior of state judges, the reactions of the public to state court decisions, and the long-term policy consequences of these decisions, including the passage of state constitutional amendments.
The People's Victory: Stories from the Front Lines in the Fight for Marriage Equality
August 15th, 2017
In 1996, a small group of Americans from all walks of life banded together to create one of the most miraculous political victories in modern American history. Opponents attacked the issue of marriage equality as amoral and a direct threat to families. Allies warned that it was a generation away from being practicable and a selfish drain of precious political capital. A stirring oral history told by those who almost inexplicably found themselves fighting on the front lines, The People's Victory recounts the successes – and the setbacks – that only served to strengthen everyone’s resolve to resist, fight, and bring equal marriage rights to an entire nation.
Courting Justice: Gay Men and Lesbians V. The Supreme Court
November 30th, 2000
ISBN 046501514X (ISBN13: 9780465015146)
Since 1958, twenty-five men and two women have forced the Supreme Court to consider whether the Constitution's promises of equal protection apply to gay Americans. Here Joyce Murdoch and Deb Price reveal how the nation's highest court has reacted to these cases--from the surprising 1958 victory of a tiny homosexual magazine to the 2000 defeat of a gay Eagle Scout. A triumph of investigative reporting, Courting Justice gives us an inspiring new perspective on the struggle for civil rights in America.
De-Moralizing Gay Rights: Some Queer Remarks on LGBT+ Rights Politics in the Us
June 24th, 2018
ISBN 3319788396 (ISBN13: 9783319788395)
This book critically interrogates three sets of distortions that emanate from the messianic core of 21st century public discourse on LGBT+ rights in the United States. The first relates to the critique of pinkwashing, often advanced by scholars who claim to be committed to an emancipatory politics. The second concerns a recent US Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), a judgment that established marriage equality across the 50 states. The third distortion occurs in Kenji Yoshino's theorization of the concept of gay covering. Each of these three distortions, I argue, produce their own injunctions to assimilate, sometimes into the dominant mainstream and, at other times, into the fold of what is axiomatically taken to be the category of the radical. Using a queer theoretic analysis, I argue for the dismantling of each of these three sets of assimilationist injunctions.
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Legal Inversions: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Politics of the Law
November 29th, 1995
ISBN 1566393779 (ISBN13: 9781566393775)
Law reform struggles have always been a part of the grassroots lesbian and gay agenda. These critical essays examine the politics of these engagements, of lesbians, gay men, and the law in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. From a wide range of perspectives, the contributors combine new conceptual insights with a concern for the practicalities of political engagements, tackling such vital topics as legal definitions of homosexuality, AIDS activism, and race and sexuality.
America's War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust and Liberty
August 1st, 2006
ISBN 027598785X (ISBN13: 9780275987855)
President George W. Bush says that, In our free society, people have the right to choose how they live their lives. But our government and the Religious Right are successfully censoring what you read, hear, and see; limiting your access to contraception; legislating good moral values; and brainwashing your kids that God hates premarital sex. The Right has politicized private life, expanding the zone of public sexuality. This guarantees policies that will "worsen" social problems and "increase" personal anxiety, providing proof that sexuality is fundamentally negative--so citizens demand "more" sex-negative "policies." With examples ripped from today's headlines, with brutal honesty and a wicked sense of humor, Marty Klein names names, challenges political hypocrisy, and shows the financial connections between government and conservative religious groups that are systematically taking away your rights. And, in the process, changing American society--forever.
Intimacy and Responsibility: The Criminalization of HIV Transmission
December 7th, 2007
ISBN 1904385702 (ISBN13: 9781904385707)
In what circumstances and on what basis, should those who transmit serious diseases to their sexual partners be criminalized? In this new book Matthew Weait uses English case law as the basis of a more general and critical analysis of the response of the criminal courts to those who have been convicted of transmitting HIV during sex. Examining cases and engaging with the socio-cultural dimensions of HIV/AIDS and sexuality, he provides readers with an important insight into the way in which the criminal courts construct the concepts of harm, risk, causation, blame and responsibility.
Making Trouble: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and the University
August 14th, 1992
ISBN 0415905109 (ISBN13: 9780415905107)
Combining historical and political analysis with autobiography and memoir, Making Trouble brings together the essays of John DEmilio, a pioneering gay historian and long-time movement activist.
Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution
September 15th, 2003
ISBN 0521811007 (ISBN13: 9780521811002)
Does the Constitution protect the right to same-sex marriage? Taking a careful look at the issue, Evan Gerstmann looks at the legal debate, and asks whether, in a democratic society, the courts, rather than voters, should resolve the question. Gerstmann also asks whether such a court-created law could be effective in the face of public opposition. Evan Gerstmann argues that this problem is one of the most significant constitutional issues facing society because it challenges society's commitment to true legal equality. After graduating with honors from the University of Michigan Law school in 1986, Evan Gerstmann practiced law in New York City for five years.
Dying to Be Normal: Gay Martyrs and the Transformation of American Sexual Politics
March 8th, 2019
ISBN 0190685212 (ISBN13: 9780190685218)
On October 14, 1998, five thousand people gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to mourn the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student who had been murdered in Wyoming eight days earlier. Politicians and celebrities addressed the crowd and the televised national audience to share their grief with the country. Never before had a gay citizen's murder elicited such widespread outrage or concern from straight Americans. In Dying to Be Normal, Brett Krutzsch argues that gay activists memorialized people like Shepard as part of a political strategy to present gays as similar to the country's dominant class of white, straight Christians. Through an examination of publicly mourned gay deaths, Krutzsch counters the common perception that LGBT politics and religion have been oppositional and reveals how gay activists used religion to bolster the argument that gays are essentially the same as straights, and therefore deserving of equal rights.
Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation
January 5th, 2001
ISBN 0674008758 (ISBN13: 9780674008755)
We commonly think of marriage as a private matter between two people, a personal expression of love and commitment. In this pioneering history, Nancy F. Cott demonstrates that marriage is and always has been a public institution. From the founding of the United States to the present day, imperatives about the necessity of marriage and its proper form have been deeply embedded in national policy, law, and political rhetoric. Legislators and judges have envisioned and enforced their preferred model of consensual, lifelong monogamy--a model derived from Christian tenets and the English common law that posits the husband as provider and the wife as dependent.
Sexual Identities, Queer Politics
January 28th, 2001
ISBN 0691058679 (ISBN13: 9780691058672)
In this collection, political and public policy analysts explore the social concerns of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and the transgendered--what has come to be known as "lgbt" or "queer" politics. Compared to the humanities and to other social sciences, political science has been slow to address this phenomenon. Issues ranging from housing to adoption to laws on sodomy, however, have increasingly raised important political questions about the rights and status of sexual minorities, particularly within liberal democracies such as the United States, and also on an international level.
The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America
June 1st, 2009
ISBN 0691135983 (ISBN13: 9780691135984)
Canaday looks at three key arenas of government control--immigration, the military, and welfare--and demonstrates how federal enforcement of sexual norms emerged with the rise of the modern bureaucratic state. She begins at the turn of the twentieth century when the state first stumbled upon evidence of sex and gender nonconformity, revealing how homosexuality was policed indirectly through the exclusion of sexually "degenerate" immigrants and other regulatory measures aimed at combating poverty, violence, and vice. Canaday argues that the state's gradual awareness of homosexuality intensified during the later New Deal and through the postwar period as policies were enacted that explicitly used homosexuality to define who could enter the country, serve in the military, and collect state benefits.
The Long Arc of Justice
April 1st, 2007
ISBN 0231135211 (ISBN13: 9780231135214)
Engaging the whole spectrum of public-policy issues affecting gays and lesbians from a humanistic and philosophical approach, Richard Mohr uses the tools of his trade to assess the logic and ethics of gay rights. Focusing on ideas and values, Mohr's nuanced case for legal and social acceptance applies widely held ethical principles to various issues, including same-sex marriage, AIDS, and gays in the military. By drawing on cultural-, legal-, and ethical-based arguments, Mohr moves away from tired political rhetoric and reveals the important ways in which the struggle for gay rights and acceptance relates to mainstream American society, history, and political life.
With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful
August 16th, 2011
ISBN 0805092056 (ISBN13: 9780805092059)
From the nation's beginnings, the law was to be the great equalizer in American life, the guarantor of a common set of rules for all. But over the past four decades, the principle of equality before the law has been effectively abolished. Instead, a two-tiered system of justice ensures that the country's political and financial class is virtually immune from prosecution, licensed to act without restraint, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in greater numbers than in any other country in the world. Starting with Watergate, continuing on through the Iran-Contra scandal, and culminating with Obama's shielding of Bush-era officials from prosecution, Glenn Greenwald lays bare the mechanisms that have come to shield the elite from accountability. He shows how the media, both political parties, and the courts have abetted a process that has produced torture, war crimes, domestic spying, and financial fraud.
Bringing Lesbian and Gay Rights into the Mainstream: Twenty Years of Progress
April 11th, 2006
ISBN 1560235268 (ISBN13: 9781560235262)
Bringing Lesbian and Gay Rights Into the Mainstream: Twenty Years of Progress is the spirited and provocative memoir that blows the lid off the complex machinations of state and national politics. LGBT activist Steve Endean's autobiographical chronicle, completed shortly before his death in 1993, tells insider stories that are sometimes rousing, other times infuriating, recounting the fight for lesbian and gay rights from the trenches of the Minnesota state capital to the Washington Beltway. Readers get a clear view of the political activism of building grassroots support systems, fundraising efforts, lobbying to rally support for bills, and the election/reelection of sympathetic political representatives.
Adolescence, Sexuality, and the Criminal Law: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
June 6th, 2014
ISBN 1306854415 (ISBN13: 9781306854412)
Gain an understanding of the threat to freedom that is posed by state regulation of adolescent sexual behavior Sexual autonomy encompasses both the right to engage in wanted sexual activity and the right to be free and protected from unwanted sexual aggression. Only when both aspects of adolescents' rights are recognized can human sexual dignity be fully respected. In Adolescence, Sexuality, and the Criminal Law, experts from several disciplines use case studies, legal analysis, empirical examinations, and tables and figures to provide you with an insightful contribution to the debate surrounding child sexual abuse. Much has been written about the undisputedly essential fight against child sexual exploitation.
The Lesbian and Gay Movements: Assimilation or Liberation?
December 25th, 2007
ISBN 0813340543 (ISBN13: 9780813340548)
Throughout their relatively short history, the lesbian and gay movements in the United States have endured searing conflicts over whether to embrace assimilationist or liberationist strategies. This new book explores this dilemma in both contemporary and historical contexts, describing the sources of these conflicts, to what extent the conflicts have been resolved, and how they might be resolved in future. The text also tackles the challenging issue of what constitutes movement “effectiveness” and how “effective” the assimilationist and liberationist strategies have been in three contentious policy arenas.
June 8th, 2006
ISBN 1411691733 (ISBN13: 9781411691735)
Joe Perez looks at the common issues facing gays in personal, cultural, social, and political dimensions within a "theory of everything" called STEAM. Building on the work of integral theorists including Ken Wilber, Don Beck, and Jim Marion, Perez shows how STEAM can build bridges across the divides. The topics include responding to religious conservatives; why liberals and conservatives alike miss the big picture; how to make HIV/AIDS prevention efforts more effective; how to renew faith, purpose, and dedication to truth.
Proud Heritage [3 Volumes]: People, Issues, and Documents of the LGBT Experience
October 31st, 2014
ISBN 1610693981 (ISBN13: 9781610693981)
With the social, religious, and political stigmas attached to alternative lifestyles throughout history, most homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgender people lived covertly for much of, if not all of, their lives. Likewise, the narrative of our country excludes the contributions, struggles, and historical achievements of this group. This revealing chronologically arranged reference work uncovers the rich story of the LGBT community in the United States and discusses the politics, culture, and issues affecting it since the early 17th century.
America's Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage
July 13th, 2006
ISBN 0521613035 (ISBN13: 9780521613033)
America's Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage chronicles the evolution of the social movement for same-sex marriage in the United States and examines the political controversies surrounding gay people's quest for access to the civil institution of marriage. The book focuses on the momentous events that began in November 2003, when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared unequivocally that the state's conferral of marriage only on opposite-sex couples violated constitutional principles of respect for individual autonomy and equality under law. The decision both triggered a political backlash of national proportion and prompted officials in San Francisco, Multnomah County (OR), Sandoval County (NM), and New Paltz (NY) to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Marriage Equality: A review of the long road to Marriage Equality in America
May 7th, 2016
ISBN 1511559020 (ISBN13: 9781511559027)
This book briefly reviews the history of marriage, its evolution, the opposition for marriage equality and the U.S. Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges holding same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. This book is an easy read and would make a great wedding gift.
Value War: Public Opinion and the Politics of Gay Rights
March 28th, 2008
ISBN 0742562115 (ISBN13: 9780742562110)
In Value War: Public Opinion and the Politics of Gay Rights, Paul R. Brewer looks at how the public debate about gay rights has shaped public opinion and conversely how public opinion has shaped the public debate about gay rights. Using a variety of methods, including polls, experimentation, and content analysis, he shows how the nature of public debate_which encompasses news stories, television sitcoms, presidential speeches, and sermons by local clergy_has influenced what and how Americans think about gay rights. He also shows how public opinion has created opportunities and obstacles for foes and advocates of gay rights by defining the very terms and boundaries of the public debate.
Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA
October 5th, 2015
ISBN 0393353362 (ISBN13: 9780393353365)
Attorney Roberta Kaplan knew it was the perfect case. Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had stayed together for better or worse, for forty-four years—battling through society’s homophobia and Spyer’s paralysis from MS. The couple married in Canada in 2007, but when Spyer died two years later, the US government refused to recognize their marriage, forcing Windsor to pay a huge estate tax. In this landmark work, Kaplan describes her strategy in the lower courts and her preparation and rehearsals before moot courts, and she shares insights into the dramatic oral argument before the Supreme Court justices. Then Comes Marriage is the story of the relationship behind the watershed case, Kaplan’s own difficult coming-out journey, and the fascinating unfolding of United States v. Windsor. Full of never-before-told details, this is the momentous account of a thrilling historic and political victory for gay rights.
Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America
April 24th, 2017
ISBN 0674737229 (ISBN13: 9780674737228)
The right of same-sex couples to marry provoked decades of intense conflict before it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. Yet some of the most divisive contests shaping the quest for marriage equality occurred not on the culture-war front lines but within the ranks of LGBTQ advocates. Nathaniel Frank tells the dramatic story of how an idea that once seemed unfathomable--and for many gays and lesbian’s undesirable--became a legal and moral right in just half a century. Awakening begins in the 1950s, when millions of gays and lesbians were afraid to come out, let alone fight for equality. Across the social upheavals of the next two decades, a gay rights movement emerged with the rising awareness of the equal dignity of same-sex love.
The Lavender Vote: Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals in American Electoral Politics
August 1st, 1996
ISBN 0814735304 (ISBN13: 9780814735305)
In the quarter century since the Stonewall riots in New York City's Greenwich Village launched the national gay-rights movement in earnest, LGB voters have steadily expanded their political influence. The Lavender Vote is the first full- length examination of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals as a factor in American elections. Mark Hertzog here describes the differences in demographics, attitudes, and voting behavior between self-identified bisexuals and homosexuals and the rest of the voting population. He shows that lavender self- identifiers comprise a distinctive voting bloc equal in numbers to Latino voters, more liberal across the board on domestic social issues (though not necessarily on economic or national security issues) than non-gay voters, and extremely unified in high-salience elections. Further, lavender voters, contrary to popular belief, are up for grabs between the two major parties.
Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You
October 1st, 2012
ISBN 0615678920 (ISBN13: 9780615678924)
Prisons Will Not Protect You, a compilation of archived work, is located at the difficult and traumatic point where the violence of the state against queer and LGBT people colludes with the violence we are always trying to escape. The pieces here question the gay community's fealty to the prison industrial complex, arguing that hate crimes legislation, which enhances penalties and can even be used to bring in the death penalty, only serves to funnel massive numbers of people into prisons with increasing lengths of time served and the use of tortuous methods like solitary confinement. This has significant racial and economic implications in a country that houses five percent of the world's population but nearly a quarter of the world's prisoners and where prisons have become, for many impoverished area and people, the only source of livelihood.
A Fundamental Freedom: Why Republicans, Conservatives, and Libertarians Should Support Gay Rights
June 16th, 2012
ISBN 1442215739 (ISBN13: 9781442215733)
It is an axiom of modern American politics that many Republicans and most conservatives are not only anti-gay but that they have capitulated to an anti-gay agenda formulated and pursued by the religious right for the past several decades. In A Fundamental Freedom, David Lampo makes the case that support for gay rights will provide long-term political benefits for the GOP and the conservative movement. He argues that an anti-gay agenda succinctly exposes the hypocrisy of those who talk of limited government and individual rights but ignore both when it comes to gay rights and other personal freedom issues. Indeed, it is the defenders of gay rights within Republican ranks who are keeping faith with core conservative principles.
Simple Matter of Justice? Theorizing Gay and Lesbian Politics
March 1st, 1995
ISBN 030432955X (ISBN13: 9780304329557)
Investigates the intention, meaning and impact of existing concepts of justice regarding the legal status of lesbians and gay men. This work considers contemporary lobby efforts in different countries and assesses whether current ideas of justice are relevant to campaigns against discrimination.
Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation
September 1st, 1995
ISBN 0385472994 (ISBN13: 9780385472999)
Since the decade to lift the ban on gays in the military, the emergence of gay conservatives, and the onslaught of antigay initiatives across America, the gay and lesbian community has been asking itself tough questions: Where should the movement go? What do we want? In Virtual Equality, veteran activist Urvashi Vaid tackles these questions with a unique combination of visionary politics and hard-earned pragmatism.
Out Law: What LGBT Youth Should Know about Their Legal Rights
May 15th, 2007
ISBN 0807079669 (ISBN13: 9780807079669)
The enormous advances of the civil rights movement have made it easier for LGBT youth to be "out," yet their increased visibility has led to myriad legal issues involving such critical matters as freedom of expression, sexual harassment, self- chosen medical care, and even their right to privacy within their own families. In this accessible guide, Lisa Keen illustrates how some laws limit the rights of LGBT youth and others protect them. Out Law lays out the basics about federal, state, and local laws that frequently impact LGBT youth and explains how legal authority and responsibility is often vested in local officials, such as school principals.
From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law
February 1st, 2010
ISBN 0195305310 (ISBN13: 9780195305319)
A distinguished professor of law and philosophy at the University of Chicago, a prolific writer and award-winning thinker, Martha Nussbaum stands as one of our foremost authorities on law, justice, freedom, morality, and emotion. In from Disgust to Humanity, Nussbaum aims her considerable intellectual firepower at the bulwark of opposition to gay equality: the politics of disgust.
The First Amendment and LGBT Equality
March 27th, 2017
Carlos A. Ball argues that as progressives fight the First Amendment claims of religious conservatives and other LGBT opponents, they should take care not to forget the crucial role the First Amendment played in the early decades of the movement, and not to erode the safeguards of liberty that allowed LGBT rights to exist in the first place.
The Air We Breathe: Artists and Poets Reflect on Marriage Equality
November 30th, 2011
ISBN 0918471869 (ISBN13: 9780918471864)
Over the last decade equal rights for same-sex couples has proven to be one of this country's most pressing political and civil rights issues. The Air We Breathe--its title drawn from a Langston Hughes poem--brings together 27 visual artists and seven poets who offer eloquent and challenging contributions to the cause of marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Why Marriage: The History Shaping Today's Debate Over Gay Equality
August 17th, 2004
ISBN 0465009581 (ISBN13: 9780465009589)
Angry debate over gay marriage has divided the nation as no other issue since the Vietnam War. Why has marriage suddenly emerged as the most explosive issue in the gay struggle for equality? At times it seems to have come out of nowhere-but in fact it has a history. George Chauncey offers an electrifying analysis of the history of the shifting attitudes of heterosexual Americans toward gay people, from the dramatic growth in acceptance to the many campaigns against gay rights that form the background to today's demand for a constitutional amendment. Chauncey illuminates what's at stake for both sides of this contentious debate in this essential book for gay and straight readers alike.
Gay Issues and Politics: Marriage, the Military, & Workplace Discrimination
September 1st, 2009
ISBN 1422217507 (ISBN13: 9781422217504)
News media, television, music and entertainment are filled with images of gay and lesbian people today. But how did it all begin? Explore the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the United States, from the horrifying medical treatments of the early twentieth century to the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked an international movement for equality. Then take a closer look at three of the most relevant issues facing LGBT people today. Learn what the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy of the American military looks like to soldiers in the armed forces.
Courting Change: Queer Parents, Judges, and the Transformation of American Family Law
December 1st, 2008
ISBN 0814775950 (ISBN13: 9780814775950)
A lesbian couple rears a child together and, after the biological mother dies, the surviving partner loses custody to the child's estranged biological father. Four days later, in a different court, judges’ rule on the side of the partner, because they feel the child relied on the woman as a "psychological parent." What accounts for this inconsistency regarding gay and lesbian adoption and custody cases, and why has family law failed to address them in a comprehensive manner?
Officially Gay: The Political Construction of Sexuality
June 1st, 2003
ISBN 1592130356 (ISBN13: 9781592130351)
In 1993, simply the idea that lesbians and gays should be able to serve openly in the military created a firestorm of protest from right-wing groups and powerful social conservatives that threatened to derail the entire agenda of a newly elected President. Nine short years later, in the wake of September 11, 2001, the Pentagon's suspension of discharge of gay and lesbians went largely overlooked and unremarked by political pundits, news organizations, military experts, religious leaders and gay activists. How can this collective cultural silence be explained?
Legalizing LGBT Families: How the Law Shapes Parenthood
December 18th, 2015
ISBN 1479857645 (ISBN13: 9781479857647)
The decision to have a child is seldom a simple one, often fraught with complexities regarding emotional readiness, finances, marital status, and compatibility with life and career goals. Rarely, though, do individuals consider the role of the law in facilitating or inhibiting their ability to have a child or to parent. For LGBT individuals, however, parenting is saturated with legality including the initial decision of whether to have a child, how to have a child, whether one's relationship with their child will be recognized, and everyday acts of parenting like completing forms or picking up children from school.
Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality
June 14th, 2016
ISBN 0062456083 (ISBN13: 9780062456083)
In June 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law in all fifty states in a decision as groundbreaking as Roe v Wade and Brown v Board of Education. Through insider accounts and access to key players, this definitive account reveals the dramatic and previously unreported events behind Obergefell v Hodges and the lives at its center. This is a story of law and love—and a promise made to a dying man who wanted to know how he would be remembered.
Equal Before the Law: How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality
June 1st, 2015
ISBN 1609383494 (ISBN13: 9781609383497)
“We’ve been together in sickness and in health, through the death of his mother, through the adoption of our children, through four long years of this legal battle,” Jason Morgan told reporters of himself and his partner, Chuck Swaggerty. “And if being together through all of that isn’t love and commitment or isn’t family or isn’t marriage, then I don’t know what is.” Just minutes earlier on that day, April 3, 2009, the justices of the Iowa Supreme Court had agreed. The court’s decision in Varnum v. Brien made Iowa only the third state in the nation to permit same-sex couples to wed—moderate, midwestern Iowa, years before such left-leaning coastal states as California and New York. And unlike the earlier decisions in Massachusetts and Connecticut, Varnum v. Brien was unanimous and unequivocal. It catalyzed the unprecedented and rapid shift in law and public opinion that continues today.
Love Warriors: The Rise of the Marriage Equality Movement and Why It Will Prevail
September 23rd, 2010
ISBN 1453639713 (ISBN13: 9781453639719)Love Warriors is a comprehensive reader on the same-sex marriage movement, outlining the rights, benefits and protections marriage provides and the real-life harm caused by marriage discrimination. Kotulski affirms that advancing equality for LGBT people is part of the American legacy of expanding human rights and upholding cherished values. Love Warriors is perfect for veteran supporters and those still on the fence. "Love Warriors illustrates how society is best served when all loving couples who want to settle down are all able to do so through the civil institution of marriage." -Mark Leno, California Leader "Love Warriors is powerful and educates us to see our common humanity. Equality in marriage is a human rights issue. Read this book and get engaged for justice!" -Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights Leader and Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers.
The Supreme Court: Landmark Decisions: 20 Cases that Changed America
November 29th, 2016
In the United States of America, the legislative branch is responsible for creating legislation, while the executive branch is responsible for signing that legislation and enforcing it. But how do senators, representatives, and presidents make sure that these laws don’t run afoul of the Constitution that guides the running of the country? The nine justices of the Supreme Court of the United States serve as the final arbiters of which laws are and aren’t constitutional. Every year, thousands of contentious cases are submitted to the court for that reason; only about eighty of them are heard. Out of those cases, many are remembered only by the people directly involved. But over the years, many cases heard by the Supreme Court have gone on to affect the lives of many or even all-American citizens.
Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality
June 17th, 2014
ISBN 0670015962 (ISBN13: 9780670015962)
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a pair of landmark decisions, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and eliminating California’s discriminatory Proposition 8, reinstating the freedom to marry for gays and lesbians in California. Redeeming the Dream is the story of how David Boies and Theodore B. Olson—who argued against each other all the way to the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore—joined forces after that titanic battle to forge the unique legal argument that would carry the day. As allies and not foes, they tell the fascinating story of the five- year struggle to win the right for gays to marry, from Proposition 8’s adoption by voters in 2008, to its defeat before the highest court in the land in Hollingsworth v. Perry in 2013.
We Do! American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality
September 9th, 2013
ISBN 1617751871 (ISBN13: 9781617751875)
Remember when gay marriage was the easiest way to inflame an otherwise mild electorate? This volume demonstrates, through speeches, interviews, and commentary, the encouraging story of American acceptance of gay marriage and the roles that politicians--gay and straight--have played in that history. This movement began with individuals telling the truth about who they are to a world that doesn't accept them. From Supervisor Harvey Milk articulating in 1978 why gay people in all fields must be out and visible; to Governor Andrew Cuomo blinking back tears as he discussed his pride in making gay marriage a reality in New York in 2011; to President Obama's unprecedented support and the courage of many other American politicians—We Do! triumphantly chronicles this recent chapter of our history.
Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: The Impact of Religion and Politics in the 20th Century on the LGBT Community in America
July 6th, 2019
This is one part of the complete book "Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach between the Church and the LGBT Community." This book covers these topics and chapters: The roots of American Christian Fundamentalism, The political need to galvanize unregistered blocs of Fundamentalists in the mid-1970s, Conservative voters and gay activists rise in response to actions by Anita Bryant, The AIDS crisis in the 1980s and the response of the American public and Christian church
Question of Equality: Lesbian and Gay Politics in America Since Stonewall
October 11th, 1995
ISBN 0684800306 (ISBN13: 9780684800301)
An eloquent history of the gay and lesbian rights movement--which ties in to the four-part PBS documentary in the American Experience series--this striking volume forms a vivid record--in words and 125 photos--of the entire history of the movement, ranging broadly over issues from gays and the church to gay and lesbian parenting to AIDS and gay marriage.
Perfect Enemies: The Battle Between the Religious Right and the Gay Movement
August 6th, 1996
ISBN 1568331789 (ISBN13: 9781568331782)
This comprehensive account of two arch-nemeses analyzes the surprisingly similar strategies, rhetoric, and skillful grassroots organizational efforts that have landed their conflict in the center of political debate and that continue to influence electoral politics from state houses to the White House. In the new paperback edition, the authors expand their examination of the gay rights debate to cover the controversy of gays and lesbians in the armed forces; statewide antigay initiatives in Oregon, Colorado, and Maine; recent debates about same-sex marriages and the legal recognition of gay relationships; the surge in hate crimes; and the religious right's struggle to regroup behind President George W. Bush.
The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality
May 2nd, 2014
ISBN 0814770576 (ISBN13: 9780814770573)
In The Tolerance Trap, Suzanna Walters takes on received wisdom about gay identities and gay rights, arguing that we are not "almost there," but on the contrary have settled for a watered-down goal of tolerance and acceptance rather than a robust claim to full civil rights. After all, we tolerate unpleasant realities: medicine with strong side effects, a long commute, an annoying relative. Drawing on a vast array of sources and sharing her own personal journey, Walters shows how the low bar of tolerance demeans rather than ennobles both gays and straights alike. Her fascinating examination covers the gains in political inclusion and the persistence of anti-gay laws, the easy-out sexual freedom of queer youth and the suicides and murders of those in decidedly intolerant environments.
End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free
June 9th, 2015
ISBN 0553447750 (ISBN13: 9780553447750)
The political correctness born on college campuses has mutated into a new hypersensitivity. It’s weaponized in Washington, D.C. by a network of well-trained operatives, media, and politicians, and proliferated throughout the country. The new Puritans of the Left are quick to ban comedians and commencement speakers alike for the sin of disagreeing with them. They demand “safe spaces” while making dissent increasingly dangerous for Americans.
Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation
June 1st, 2009
ISBN 1931859795 (ISBN13: 9781931859790)
Sexuality and Socialism is a remarkably accessible analysis of many of the most challenging questions for those concerned with full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Inside are essays on the roots of LGBT oppression, the construction of sexual and gender identities, the history of the gay movement, and how to unite the oppressed and exploited to win sexual liberation for all. Sherry Wolf analyzes different theories about oppression— including those of Marxism, postmodernism, identity politics, and queer theory—and challenges myths about genes, gender, and sexuality.
Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas
March 12th, 2012
ISBN 0393062082 (ISBN13: 9780393062083)
No one could have predicted that the night of September 17, 1998, would be anything but routine in Houston, Texas. Even the call to police that a black man was "going crazy with a gun" was hardly unusual in this urban setting. Nobody could have imagined that the arrest of two men for a minor criminal offense would reverberate in American constitutional law, exposing a deep malignity in our judicial system and challenging the traditional conception of what makes a family. Indeed, when Harris County sheriff’s deputies entered the second-floor apartment, there was no gun. Instead, they reported that they had walked in on John Lawrence and Tyron Garner having sex in Lawrence’s bedroom.
Over The Rainbow: Lesbian And Gay Politics In America Since Stonewall
ISBN 0752205803 (ISBN13: 9780752205809)
By David Deitcher, Dale Peck, Mab Segrest, and Jewelle Gomez. Forward by Armistead Maupin.
Gay Marriage: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Same Sex Marriage
January 23rd, 2016
This book was written with the intention of being an in-depth, easy to understand guide to the vastly complex Gay Rights movement in the United States and globally. With the recent legalization of Same Sex Marriage in the United States, it is important to examine the process that led to the monumental decision made by the Supreme Court in 2015. This book will examine how this progress developed. I will start by outlining several of the arguments that are given to condemn same-sex marriage, as well as homosexuality generally, to give context to the legal and cultural battles that took place. I will then give a snapshot of how things were for the gay community in the first half of the 20th century, providing examples from the military, from academia, and from the media of how homosexuals was generally treated as criminal and perverse, but how they were nonetheless becoming gradually recognized.
Beyond Masculinity: Essays by Queer Men on Gender and Politics
January 1st, 2008
Beyond Masculinity is a groundbreaking collection of 22 provocative essays on sexuality, gender, and politics -- all written by gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer men. Part audiobook, part-blog, and part-anthology, brings together a smart, diverse group of queer male writers all critically examining maleness and the construction of masculinity and gender norms for men.
Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights
February 20th, 2007
ISBN 0375760210 (ISBN13: 9780375760211)
In this remarkable and elegant work, acclaimed Yale Law School professor Kenji Yoshino fuses legal manifesto and poetic memoir to call for a redefinition of civil rights in our law and culture. Everyone covers. To cover is to downplay a disfavored trait so as to blend into the mainstream. Because all of us possess stigmatized attributes, we all encounter pressure to cover in our daily lives. Given its pervasiveness, we may experience this pressure to be a simple fact of social life.Against conventional understanding, Kenji Yoshino argues that the demand to cover can pose a hidden threat to our civil rights.
Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas
August 15th, 2017
ISBN 1574416928 (ISBN13: 9781574416923)
In early 2013 same-sex marriage was legal in only ten states and the District of Columbia. That year the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor appeared to open the door to marriage equality. In Texas, Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, together for sixteen years and deeply in love, wondered why no one had stepped across the threshold to challenge their state’s 2005 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. They agreed to join a lawsuit being put together by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLD. Two years later—after tense battles in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas and in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, after sitting through oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges—they won the right to marry deep in the heart of Texas.
Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society
November 1st, 1993
ISBN 0671894390 (ISBN13: 9780671894399)
Bruce Bawer exposes the heated controversy over gay rights and presents a passionate plea for the recognition of common values, "a place at the table" for everyone.
The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government
May 15th, 2006
ISBN 0226401901 (ISBN13: 9780226401904)
Historian David K. Johnson here relates the frightening, untold story of how, during the Cold War, homosexuals were considered as dangerous a threat to national security as Communists. Charges that the Roosevelt and Truman administrations were havens for homosexuals proved a potent political weapon, sparking a "Lavender Scare" more vehement and long-lasting than McCarthy's Red Scare. Relying on newly declassified documents, years of research in the records of the National Archives and the FBI, and interviews with former civil servants, Johnson recreates the vibrant gay subculture that flourished in New Deal-era Washington and takes us inside the security interrogation rooms where thousands of Americans were questioned about their sex lives.
Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con: A Reader
March 25th, 1997
ISBN 0679776370 (ISBN13: 9780679776376)
With same-sex marriage igniting a firestorm of controversy in the press and in the courts, in legislative chambers and in living rooms, Andrew Sullivan, a pioneering voice in the debate, has brought together two thousand years of argument in an anthology of historic inclusiveness and even handedness.
Policing Public Sex: Queer Politics and the Future of AIDS Activism
September 1st, 1996
ISBN 089608549X (ISBN13: 9780896085497)
As some activists have turned to regulation rather than education in the effort to curb the AIDS epidemic, the public culture at the foundation of queer culture has come under attack.
Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution
June 5th, 2012
ISBN 0061965502 (ISBN13: 9780061965500)
When the modern struggle for gay rights erupted—most notably at a bar called Stonewall in Greenwich Village—in the summer of 1969, most religious traditions condemned homosexuality; psychiatric experts labeled people who were attracted to others of the same sex "crazy"; and forty-nine states outlawed sex between people of the same gender. Four decades later, in June 2011, New York legalized gay marriage—the most populous state in the country to do so thus far. The armed services stopped enforcing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, ending a law that had long discriminated against gay and lesbian members of the military. Successful social movements are always extraordinary, but these advances were something of a miracle.
Queer Families and Relationships After Marriage Equality
July 11th, 2018
ISBN 1138557463 (ISBN13: 9781138557468)
Building on a major conference held in 2016 entitled "After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and Scholarship," this collection draws from critical and intersectional perspectives to explore this question. Comprising academic papers, edited transcripts of conference panels, and interviews with activists working on the ground, this collection presents some of the first works of empirical scholarship and first-hand observation to assess the realities of queer families and relationships after same-sex marriage. Including a number of chapters focused on married same-sex couples as well as several on other queer family types.
Politics & Law
Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage
September 12th, 2010
ISBN 1453801715 (ISBN13: 9781453801710)
An in-depth look at the career of President Barack Obama and his views about gay-related issues, starting when he ran for Illinois senate in 1996 and ending mid-way through his term as president. Written by Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times, the book also includes articles and essays by some of the most respected journalists, bloggers and activists in gay media. This book, with 570 pages and 140 images/photos, has extensive coverage, in words and images, of Obama's record on gay and AIDS issues, including detailed quotes from his speeches, photos at gay events, and answers to surveys early in his career. Essayists and writers in the book include Lisa Keen, Kerry Eleveld, Michelangelo Signorile, Phill Wilson, Chuck Colbert, Pam Spaulding, Wayne Besen, and many more.
Gay Politics, Urban Politics: Identity and Economics in the Urban Setting
December 15th, 1998
ISBN 0231096631 (ISBN13: 9780231096638)
Drawing from surveys of political attitudes and voting patterns among gays, lesbians, and bisexuals, Bailey's study is a revealing window into how sexual identity has fostered political alliances. The book investigates mayoral voting patterns in America's three largest cities-New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics
December 1st, 2015
ISBN 0812247914 (ISBN13: 9780812247916)
In postwar America, the path to political power for gays and lesbians led through city hall. By the late 1980s, politicians and elected officials, who had originally sought political advantage from raiding gay bars and carting their patrons off to jail, were pursuing gays and lesbians aggressively as a voting bloc--not least by campaigning in those same bars. Gays had acquired power and influence. They had clout. Tracing the gay movement's trajectory since the 1950s from the closet to the corridors of power, Queer Clout is the first book to weave together activism and electoral politics, shifting the story from the coastal gay meccas to the nation's great inland metropolis.
Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits--And Won
November 1st, 2014
ISBN 1611684013 (ISBN13: 9781611684018)
Ten years ago no state allowed same-sex couples to marry, support for gay marriage nationwide hovered around 30 percent, and politicians everywhere thought of it as the third rail of American politics--draw near at your peril. Today, same-sex couples can marry in seventeen states, polls consistently show majority support, and nearly three-quarters of Americans believe legalization is inevitable. In Winning Marriage Marc Solomon, a veteran leader in the movement for marriage equality, gives the reader a seat at the strategy-setting and decision-making table in the campaign to win and protect the freedom to marry. With depth and grace, he reveals the inner workings of the advocacy movement that has championed and protected advances won in legislative, court, and electoral battles over the decade since the landmark Massachusetts ruling guaranteeing marriage for same-sex couples for the first time.
Voted Out: The Psychological Consequences of Anti-Gay Politics
September 1st, 2000
ISBN 0814776825 (ISBN13: 9780814776827)
When, in 1992, the citizens of Colorado ratified Amendment 2, effectively stripping lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals of protection from discrimination under the state's constitution, the vote divided the state and left the gay population dispirited and angry. Their psychological predicament offered an opportunity to examine the precise intersection at which the individual meets social oppression. Voted Out is the first to document the psychological impact of anti-gay legislation on the gay community, illustrating the range of reactions, from depression, anger, and anxiety to a sense of empowerment and a desire to mobilize, which such legislation can engender.
When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
July 19th, 2009
ISBN 081479114X (ISBN13: 9780814791141)
The summer of 2008 was the summer of love and commitment for gays and lesbians in the United States. Thousands of same-sex couples stood in line for wedding licenses all over California in the first few days after same-sex marriage was legalized. On the other side of the country, Massachusetts, the very first state to give gay couples marriage rights, took the last step to full equality by allowing same-sex couples from other states to marry there as well. These happy times for same-sex couples were the hallmark of true equality for some, yet others questioned whether the very bedrock of society was crumbling.
The Legal Status of Intersex Persons
September 12th, 2018
ISBN 1780684754 (ISBN13: 9781780684758)
This book provides a basis for discussion regarding all legal aspects concerning persons born with sex characteristics that do not belong strictly to male or female categories, or that belong to both at the same time. It contains contributions from medical, psychological and theological perspectives, as well as national legal perspectives from Germany, Australia, India, the Netherlands, Columbia, Sweden, France and the USA. It explores international human rights aspects of intersex legal recognition and also features chapters on private international law and legal history.
Marriage Equality: Why Same-sex marriage is good for the church and the nation
May 31st, 2013
ISBN 1484967127 (ISBN13: 9781484967126)
Marriage Equality is written from the perspective of a straight Christian pastor who moved from opposition to LGBTs and their movement to fully embracing their cause. By thorough analysis of the relevant Old and New Testament passages, outlining the latest scientific and psychological findings, a full picture emerges of a common humanity in pursuit of common needs. Many myths and lies will be debunked along the way, and an analysis of the Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and California's Proposition 8 is included. There are suggested discussion questions after each chapter for groups.
Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today
June 23rd, 2006
ISBN 1931968349 (ISBN13: 9781931968348)
Contemporary and controversial, Shannon Gilreath's Sexual Politics is an important update to the continuing debate over the place of gay people in American law, politics, and religion. Gilreath incisively navigates a number of complex issues, including the delicate balance between sexual privacy and public equality, the entwining of religion and U.S. law and politics, and gay marriage. He offers astute academic observation and depth of personal reflection to create an unmatched critique of gay people in American society. Ultimately, Gilreath argues for the further emergence of a gay and lesbian ethos of public attentiveness and the practice of "transformative politics," encompassing all those activities of gay and lesbian people: art, literature, sports, business, education, spirituality, and otherwise conventional forms of politics.
The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took to Keep My Best Friend in America, and What It Taught Us About Love
February 11th, 2014
ISBN 1593765363 (ISBN13: 9781593765361)
After her traditional engagement to her high school sweetheart falls apart, Liza Monroy faced the prospect of another devastating loss: the deportation of her best friend Emir. Desperate to stay in America, Emir tried every legal recourse to obtain a green card knowing that his return to the Middle East—where gay men are often beaten and sometimes killed was too dangerous. So Liza proposes to Emir in efforts to keep him safe and by her side. After a fast wedding in Las Vegas, the couple faces new adventures and obstacles in both L.A. and New York City as they dodge the INS. Their relationship is compounded further by the fact that Liza’s mother works for the State Department preventing immigration fraud.
Homosexuality: Power and Politics
October 2nd, 2018
Speaking Out: Writings on Sex, Law, Politics, and Society 1954-1995
January 1st, 1997
ISBN 1283202484 (ISBN13: 9781283202480)
In 1997 it will be thirty years since the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 made sex between two men aged over 21 in private no longer a crime. It also marks the seventieth birthday of Antony Grey, who was one of the leading campaigners for homosexual law reform in the 1960s. The articles and talks reprinted in this book (together with others published here for the first time) cover the whole span of Grey's campaigning life, ranging from his first, anonymous, letter to the press about homosexuality written in 1954 to his thoughts on present-day sexual politics in the 1990s. Topics covered include law reform, religious and social attitudes to homosexuality, sex education, young people and sex, and the gay movement.
Documents of the LGBT Movement
May 25th, 2018
ISBN 1440855013 (ISBN13: 9781440855016)
While most would think of the modern Gay Rights Movement as beginning in the 1960s, in reality, the issue of nonheterosexual human behavior within society and the campaign to achieve equality and acceptance have existed far earlier. Beginning with the First People in the Americas and their acceptance of tribal members who did not conform to gender and sexual binary roles, to the expansion west and establishment of the United States as a Republic, to the contentious struggles for equality in the 20th and 21st centuries, this reference traces the development of the Gay Rights Movement through the examination of primary source materials related to the incremental changes toward making America safe for all people.
Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality
November 6th, 2015
ISBN 1479815748 (ISBN13: 9781479815746)
Wedlocked turns to history to compare today’s same-sex marriage movement to the experiences of newly emancipated black people in the mid-nineteenth century, when they were able to legally marry for the first time. Maintaining that the transition to greater freedom was both wondrous and perilous for newly emancipated people, Katherine Franke relates stories of former slaves’ involvements with marriage and draws lessons that serve as cautionary tales for today’s marriage rights movements. While “be careful what you wish for” is a prominent theme, they also teach us how the rights-bearing subject is inevitably shaped by the very rights they bear, often in ways that reinforce racialized gender norms and stereotypes.
Difference Troubles: Queering Social Theory and Sexual Politics
September 10th, 1997
ISBN 0521599709 (ISBN13: 9780521599702)
Steven Seidman examines the implications for social theory and sexual politics of taking difference seriously. He explores the troubles difference can make for the social sciences and for the very people--feminists, queer theorists, postmodernists--who champion difference. This is a wide-ranging and sophisticated discussion of contemporary social theory and sexual politics, focusing on difference, knowledge and power. It also argues persuasively for a pragmatic approach to questions of difference in theory and politics.
Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage
September 1st, 2010
ISBN 0615392687 (ISBN13: 9780615392684)
While what feels like the entirety of the gay and lesbian movement is marching in unison towards some vague notion of equality, the Against Equality collective has been quietly assembling a digital archive to document the critical resistance to the politics of inclusion. This pocket-sized book of archival texts lays out some of the historical foundations of queer resistance to the gay marriage mainstream alongside more contemporary inter-subjective critiques that deal directly with issues of race, class, gender, citizenship, age, ability, and more. In portable book form, the critical conversations that are happening so readily on the internet will no longer be withheld from those with little to no online access like queer and trans prisoners, people of low income, rural folks and the technologically challenged.
Gay Men and The Sexual History of The Political Left
December 5th, 1995
ISBN 156024724X (ISBN13: 9781560247241)
Explore the development of left-wing sexual politics from the 1830s to the present, documenting communist, socialist, and anarchist views toward homosexuality and the involvement of homosexuals with the left. Chapters in this fascinating book are authored by an array of international scholars who examine key developments in Western Europe, the Soviet Union, and the United States, exploring the attitudes and policies of leftist thinkers, parties, and regimes toward homosexuality.
Queer Activism After Marriage Equality
May 19th, 2018
ISBN 1138557501 (ISBN13: 9781138557505)
Building on a major conference held in 2016 entitled "After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and Scholarship," this collection draws from critical and intersectional perspectives to explore the questions and issues facing the next chapter of LGBTQ activism and social movement work. It comprises academic papers, international case studies, edited transcripts of selected conference sessions, and interviews with activists. These take a critical look at the high-profile work of national and state-wide equality organizations, analyzing the costs of winning marriage equality and what that has meant for other LGBTQ activism. In addition to this, the book examines other forms of queer activism that have existed for years in the shadows of the marriage equality movement, as well as new social movements that have developed more recently.
Moral Panics, Sex Panics: Fear and the Fight Over Sexual Rights
June 1st, 2009
ISBN 0814737234 (ISBN13: 9780814737231)
Unwed teen mothers, abortion, masturbation, pornography, gay marriage, sex trafficking, homosexuality, and HIV are just a few in a long line of issues that have erupted into panics. These sexual panics spark moral crusades and campaigns, defining and shaping how we think about sexual and reproductive rights. The essays in Moral Panics, Sex Panics focus on case studies ranging from sex education to AIDS to race and the "down low," to illustrate how sexuality is at the heart of many political controversies. The contributors also reveal how moral and sexual panics have become a mainstay of certain kinds of conservative efforts to win elections and gain power in moral, social, and political arenas. Moral Panics, Sex Panics provides new and important insights into the role that key moral panics have played in social processes, arguing forcefully against the political abuse of sex panics and for the need to defend full sexual and reproductive rights.
Gay Politics Vs. Colorado and America: The Inside Story of Amendment 2
February 1st, 1994
ISBN 0963946501 (ISBN13: 9780963946508)
August 18th, 2006
ISBN 0816643121 (ISBN13: 9780816643127)
Over the past three decades, the transgender movement has gained visibility and achieved significant victories. Discrimination has been prohibited in several states, dozens of municipalities, and more than two hundred private companies, while hate crime laws in eight states have been amended to include gender identity. Yet prejudice and violence against transgender people remain all too common. With analysis from legal and policy experts, activists and advocates, Transgender Rights assesses the movement’s achievements, challenges, and opportunities for future action. Examining crucial topics like family law, employment policies, public health, economics, and grassroots organizing, this groundbreaking book is an indispensable resource in the fight for the freedom and equality of those who cross gender boundaries.
Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion
March 17th, 2014
ISBN 1849351848 (ISBN13: 9781849351843)
Does gay marriage support the right-wing goal of linking access to basic human rights like health care and economic security to an inherently conservative tradition? Will the ability of queers to fight in wars of imperialism help liberate and empower LGBT people around the world? Does hate-crime legislation affirm and strengthen historically anti-queer institutions like the police and prisons rather than dismantling them? The Against Equality collective asks some hard questions. These queer thinkers, writers, and artists are committed to undermining a stunted conception of “equality.” In this powerful book, they challenge mainstream gay and lesbian struggles for inclusion in elitist and inhumane institutions. More than a critique, Against Equality seeks to reinvigorate the queer political imagination with fantastic possibility!
The Morality of Gay Rights: An Exploration in Political Philosophy
October 11th, 2002
ISBN 041593141X (ISBN13: 9780415931410)
In The Morality of Gay Rights, Ball presents a comprehensive exploration of the connection between gay rights and political philosophy. He discusses the writing of contemporary political and legal philosophers-including Rawls, Walzer, Nussbaum, Sandel, Rorty and Dworkin-to evaluate how their theoretical frameworks fit the specific gay rights controversies, such as same-sex marriage and parenting by lesbians and gay men, that are part of our nation's political and legal debates.
Women 'n' Love
July 8th, 2012
In today's world, how can who you fall in love with change how society thinks of you? How can falling in love with your ideal life partner shunt every facet of your being behind your sexuality? Everything you are, and that you've achieved, all relegated behind your love for another? Jill and Mel met and connected in a way neither could have foreseen. Hitherto both considering themselves heterosexual, one has a partner, the other a husband. So their journey to where they want to be can't run smoothly, if they can get there at all. Aware of how society would restrict them, and their love for each other, they question why their love should change them. And why society should dictate their identity to them. And why everything they are, everything they've achieved should be shunted behind what society perceives their sexuality to be; and when all they desire is to be left to live their lives quietly, without fuss just as they have always done.
Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America
September 2nd, 2014
ISBN 1580055087 (ISBN13: 9781580055086)
Under This Beautiful Dome tells the true story of journalist Terry Mutchler's secret five-year relationship with Penny Severns, an Illinois State Senator who mentored Barack Obama. Forced to engage in an elaborate ruse to keep their relationship a secret, the two women constantly fear discovery in their conservative town. Denied legal access to the altar, they face even greater hardships when Penny is diagnosed with cancer and begins undergoing treatment.
Marriage Equality: Obergefell V. Hodges
January 1st, 2017
ISBN 0766084361 (ISBN13: 9780766084360)
This groundbreaking case, with much pressure from suing parties across the country and a great amount of controversy, granted the dignity of marriage to same-sex couples. Readers will find out all about the background of the case, how it made it to the Supreme Court, and why the court decided for same-sex marriage. Also included are questions to consider, primary source documents, and a chronology of the case.
The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle
September 7th, 2015
ISBN 1451694113 (ISBN13: 9781451694116)
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 more 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.
Same Sex, Different Politics: Success and Failure in the Struggles over Gay Rights
October 15th, 2008
ISBN 0226544095 (ISBN13: 9780226544090)
Why is it so much harder for American same-sex couples to get married than it is for them to adopt children? And why does our military prevent gays from serving openly even though jurisdictions nationwide continue to render such discrimination illegal? Illuminating the conditions that engender these contradictory policies, Same Sex, Different Politics explains why gay rights advocates have achieved dramatically different levels of success from one policy area to another.
The World Needs Marriage Equality Now
February 8th, 2014
This is a collection of articles about marriage equality, written in 2011-2013, by TaraElla. TaraElla is a singer-songwriter and has been a strong supporter of marriage equality for over a decade. Many of these articles were written to sincerely convince conservatives to come on board the movement, therefore they may be particularly useful for convincing people to support marriage equality.
Out and Running: Gay and Lesbian Candidates, Elections, and Policy Representation
August 11th, 2010
ISBN 1589016998 (ISBN13: 9781589016996)
Out and Running is the first systematic analysis of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) political representation that explores the dynamics of state legislative campaigns and the influence of lesbian and gay legislators in the state policymaking process. By examining state legislative elections from 1992 to 2006 and state policymaking from 1992 to 2009, Donald Haider-Markel suggests that the LGBT community can overcome hurdles and win elections; and, once in office, these officials can play a critical role in the policy representation of the community.
Gay, Inc.: The Nonprofitization of Queer Politics
July 31st, 2018
ISBN 1517901790 (ISBN13: 9781517901790)
What if the very structure on which social movements rely, the nonprofit system, is reinforcing the inequalities activists seek to eliminate? That is the question at the heart of this bold reassessment of the system’s massive expansion since the mid-1960s. Focusing on the LGBT movement, Myrl Beam argues that the conservative turn in queer movement politics, as exemplified by the shift toward marriage and legal equality, is due mostly to the movement’s embrace of the nonprofit structure. Based on oral histories as well as archival research, and drawing on the author’s own extensive activist work, Gay, Inc. presents four compelling case studies.
Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex
October 18th, 2011
ISBN 1849350701 (ISBN13: 9781849350709)
Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle.
Getting Specific: Postmodern Lesbian Politics
December 1st, 1994
ISBN 0816621101 (ISBN13: 9780816621101)
The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture
September 17th, 2002
ISBN 0822330237 (ISBN13: 9780822330233)
Something happened in the 1990s, something dramatic and irreversible. A group of people long considered a moral menace and an issue previously deemed unmentionable in public discourse were transformed into a matter of human rights, discussed in every institution of American society. Marriage, the military, parenting, media and the arts, hate violence, electoral politics, public school curricula, human genetics, religion: Name the issue, and the the role of gays and lesbians was a subject of debate. During the 1990s, the world seemed finally to turn and take notice of the gay people in its midst. In The World Turned, distinguished historian and leading gay-rights activist John D’Emilio shows how gay issues moved from the margins to the center of national consciousness during the critical decade of the 1990s.
Activating Theory: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Politics
January 1st, 1993
ISBN 0853157901 (ISBN13: 9780853157908)
This study brings together 14 polemical essays that focus attention on key debates that are current within lesbian, gay and bisexual politics. Based on a conference held in October 1992 in York, this book is not just another set of conference papers. Rather it reflects the movement from theory to activism, from the ivory tower to the streets.
Unpacking Queer Politics: A Lesbian Feminist Perspective
December 12th, 2002
ISBN 0745628389 (ISBN13: 9780745628387)
Unpacking Queer Politics argues that the strong lesbian feminist movement of the 1970s, which was able to articulate a philosophy and practice that distinguished lesbian politics from gay male politics, was submerged in the 1990s beneath a gay male agenda called queer politics. The new politics repudiated lesbian feminist ideas and celebrated 'manhood' as a goal for gay men. Practices which construct this 'manhood', such as sadomasochism, cutting and piercing, female-to- male transsexual surgery, and which are promoted in queer politics, need to be understood as forms of self-harm which result from the oppression of lesbians and gay men.
LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader
September 19th, 2017
ISBN 1479834092 (ISBN13: 9781479834099)
From Harvey Milk to ACT UP to Proposition 8, no political change in the last two decades has been as rapid as the advancement of civil rights for LGBTQ people. As we face a critical juncture in progressive activism, political science, which has been slower than most disciplines to study the complexity of queer politics, must grapple with the shifting landscape of LGBTQ rights and inclusion. LGBTQ Politics analyzes both the successes and obstacles to building the LGBTQ movement over the past twenty years, offering analyses that point to possibilities for the movement's future. Essays cover a range of topics, including activism, law, and coalition-building, and draw on subfields such as American politics, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations.
Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial
April 14th, 2015
ISBN 0385348800 (ISBN13: 9780385348805)
In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, rescinding the right of same-sex couples to marry in the state. Advocates for marriage equality were outraged. Still, major gay-rights groups opposed a federal challenge to the law, warning that it would be dangerously premature. A loss could set the movement back for decades. A small group of activists, however, refused to wait. They turned to corporate lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies—best known for arguing opposite sides of Bush v. Gore—who filed a groundbreaking federal suit against the law.
The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World
July 1st, 2016
ISBN 0190460954 (ISBN13: 9780190460952)
Part political thriller, part meditation on social change, part love story, The Children of Harvey Milk tells the epic stories of courageous men and women around the world who came forward to make their voices heard during the struggle for equal rights. Featuring LGBTQ icons from America to Ireland, Britain to New Zealand; Reynolds documents their successes and failures, heartwarming stories of acceptance and heartbreaking stories of ostracism, demonstrating the ways in which an individual can change the views and voting behaviors of those around them. The book also includes rare vignettes of LGBTQ leaders in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean who continue to fight for equality in spite of threats, violence, and homophobia.
The Unfinished Queer Agenda After Marriage Equality
April 22nd, 2018
ISBN 1138557536 (ISBN13: 9781138557536)
While legal recognition of marriage has met the needs of a segment of the LGBTQ population, many still face daily struggles with issues around housing, education, healthcare, policing and incarceration, and immigration. These are issues that were largely eclipsed in national arenas by the fight for marriage equality. In reaction to this, The Unfinished Queer Agenda After Marriage Equality examines the institutional failings and overlapping systems of injustice that continue to dehumanize queer and trans people and deprive them of basic human rights.
Out Proud & Fighting: Gay Liberation and The Struggle For Socialism
ISBN 0905998650 (ISBN13: 9780905998657)
From Identity to Politics: The Lesbian and Gay Movements in the United States
December 1st, 2001
ISBN 1566399041 (ISBN13: 9781566399043)
Liberal democracy has provided a certain degree of lesbian and gay rights. But those rights are the focus of efforts by lesbian and gay movements in the US to promote social change. This work looks at the past, present, and future of the movements.
The Red in the Rainbow: Sexuality, Socialism and LGBT Liberation
January 1st, 2011
ISBN 1905192703 (ISBN13: 9781905192700)
This inspiring story of the fight for sexual liberation travels across continents and centuries uncovering a radical struggle including the Stonewall riots in 1969 and the mass movement against apartheid South Africa that achieved the first inclusion of LGBT rights in a constitution. This is a remarkably hopeful account of the way women and men have made history even in the most difficult circumstances. It should be read by every activist who aspires to win a world free from oppression and to realise the unfinished dream of liberation that so many have fought for.
The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935)
January 1st, 1974
ISBN 0878100415 (ISBN13: 9780878100415)
Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination
June 1st, 2017
ISBN 0190603070 (ISBN13: 9780190603076)
Virtually everyone supports religious liberty, and virtually everyone opposes discrimination. But how do we handle the hard questions that arise when exercises of religious liberty seem to discriminate unjustly? How do we promote the common good while respecting conscience in a diverse society? This point-counterpoint book brings together leading voices in the culture wars to debate such questions: John Corvino, a longtime LGBT-rights advocate, opposite Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis, prominent young defenders of the traditional view of marriage.
Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law
December 6th, 2011
ISBN 0896087964 (ISBN13: 9780896087965)
Much of the legal advocacy for trans and gender nonconforming people in the US has reflected the civil rights and "equality" strategies of mainstream gay and lesbian organizations—agitating for legal reforms that would ostensibly guarantee equal access, nondiscrimination, and equal protection under the law. This approach assumes that the state and its legal, policing, and social services apparatus—even its policies and documents of belonging and non-belonging —are neutral and benevolent. While we all have to comply with the gender binaries set forth by regulatory bodies of law and administration, many trans people, especially the most marginalized, are even more at risk for poverty, violence, and premature death by virtue of those same "neutral" legal structures.
Coming on Strong: Gay Politics and Culture
July 1st, 1989
ISBN 0044453523 (ISBN13: 9780044453529)
This collection of essays addresses itself to anyone, whatever their sexuality, who wants to know why gay men have become one of the most controversial minorities in Britain in the 1980s. The book looks at the relationship of gay men to law, politics and masculinity
Love & Politics: Radical Feminist & Lesbian Theories
January 1st, 1988
ISBN 0910383170 (ISBN13: 9780910383172)
Douglas probes the divergent roots of radical feminist theory. She then glides her analytic lens to examine diverse currents in radical feminist practice. While some radical feminists emphasize confronting the enemy (patriarchy and/or capitalism), others emphasize building alternative women's communities to achieve radical feminist goals in the here and now. "In the early and mid 1970s," Douglas observes, "there was a turn by radical and lesbian feminists not only from working for legislated reforms but also from any sort of demonstrations or direct confrontation with the male power structure... Creating independent projects -- whether these were publications, bookstores, restaurants, record companies, credit unions or rape crisis centers -- was seen by many as a more productive way of opposing the system.
Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality
April 22nd, 2014
ISBN 1594204446 (ISBN13: 9781594204449)
For nearly five years, Becker was given free rein in the legal and political war rooms where the strategy of marriage equality was plotted. She takes us inside the remarkable campaign that rebranded a movement; into the Oval Office where the president and his advisors debated how to respond to a fast-changing political landscape; into the chambers of the federal judges who decided that today's bans on same-sex marriage were no more constitutional than previous century's bans on interracial marriage; and into the mindsets of the Supreme Court judges who decided the California case and will likely soon decide the issue for the country at large.
Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry
July 27th, 2004
ISBN 0743264592 (ISBN13: 9780743264594)
Why Marriage Matters offers a compelling, intelligently reasoned discussion of a question at the forefront of our national consciousness. It is the work of one of the most influential attorneys in America, who has dedicated his life to the protection of individuals' rights and our Constitution's commitment to equal justice under the law. Above all, it is a clear, straightforward book that brings into sharp focus the very human significance of the right to marry in America -- not just for some couples, but for all. Why is the word marriage so important? Will marriage for same-sex couples hurt the "sanctity" of the institution? How can people of different faiths reconcile their beliefs with the idea of marriage for same- sex couples? How will allowing gay couples to marry affect children?
Courts Liberalism and Rights: Gay Law and Politics In The United States and Canada
August 1st, 2005
ISBN 1592134017 (ISBN13: 9781592134014)
Philosophy matters. In the courts the best hope for an expansion of rights comes from judges who view liberalism as grounded in an expansion of rights rather than the constraint of government activity. Courts, Liberalism, and Rights begins with the premise that the courts offer the best chance for achieving a broad set of rights for gays and lesbians, particularly those courts whose judges draw on the expansive interpretation of liberalism.
Gay Rights and Moral Panic: The Origins of America's Debate on Homosexuality
August 15th, 2008
ISBN 1403980691 (ISBN13: 9781403980694)
Using the 1977 campaign against the Dade County Florida gay rights ordinance as a focal point, this book provides an examination of the emergence of the modern lesbian and gay American movement, the challenges it posed to the accepted American notions of sexuality, and how American society reacted in turn.
Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law
February 1st, 2008
ISBN 0807044326 (ISBN13: 9780807044322)
The debate over marriage equality for same-sex couples rages across the country. Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage boldly moves the discussion forward by focusing on the larger, more fundamental issue of marriage and the law. The root problem, asserts law professor and LGBT rights activist Nancy Polikoff, is that marriage is a bright dividing line between those relationships that legally matter and those that don't. A woman married to a man for nine months is entitled to Social Security survivor's benefits when he dies; a woman living for nineteen years with a man or woman to whom she is not married receives nothing.
Sexuality and Democracy: Identities and Strategies in Lesbian and Gay Politics
April 14th, 2000
ISBN 074860958X (ISBN13: 9780748609581)
Drawing on the example set by feminists, this textbook explores the problems of pursuing lesbian and gay political agendas within the present structure of democracy. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the author connects the analysis of lesbian and gay identities in sociology and cultural studies with the analysis of democracy in political theory. This paves the way for a consideration of the implications of sociological theories of sexuality for democratic theory and practice. Engaging with queer theory, the dominant perspective in the area of sexual identity and politics, the author offers a critique of many of the theorists - including Judith Butler and Diana Fuss - and directions within this field.
Gays and Lesbians in the Democratic Process: Public Policy, Public Opinion, and Political Representation
October 6th, 1999
ISBN 0231115857 (ISBN13: 9780231115858)
Gays and Lesbians in the Democratic Process puts theory to the test by compiling the current research of political scientists working in an empirical tradition. The articles in this volume extend and expand on a growing body of research on the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered equality in the political world, with a focus on the areas of public policy, public opinion, and political representation. Contributors tackle such questions as: What factors determine the adoption and effectiveness of nondiscrimination policies based on sexual orientation? How do variables of education, religion, and urban location influence public attitudes toward lesbians and gays? How has the emergence of the Christian Right paradoxically helped to consolidate the gay and lesbian movement?
Party Crasher: A Gay Republican Challenges Politics As Usual
June 10th, 1999
ISBN 0684837641 (ISBN13: 9780684837642)
One of America's most intriguing activists and executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans presents an original and appealing case for gay politics based on self-respect.
From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage
September 7th, 2012
ISBN 0199922101 (ISBN13: 9780199922109)
From the Closet to the Altar will stand as the definitive one-volume history of the tumultuous emergence of same-sex marriage in American life as well as a landmark study of litigation, social reform, and the phenomenon of political backlash to court decisions.
The Road to Marriage Equality
January 15th, 2019
ISBN 153838132X (ISBN13: 9781538381328)
In Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), the Supreme Court of the United States held that same-sex couples throughout the country had the right to marry. The ruling was the culmination of a decades-long struggle to gain the legal right for gay and lesbian couples to wed. This compelling book takes the reader through the ups and downs of the marriage equality movement, from the 1990s to the current era, from the first same-sex couples to have their marriage license applications rejected to the changing attitudes that led to every individual having the right that was once reserved only for some.
Don't Tell Me to Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama's Presidency
October 6th, 2015
ISBN 0465074898 (ISBN13: 9780465074891)
Gay rights has been a defining progressive issue of Barack Obama's presidency: Congress repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2010 with his strong support, and in 2011, he instructed his Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, helping to pave the way for a series of Supreme Court decisions that ultimately legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. This rapid succession of victories is astonishing by any measure--and is especially incredible considering that when Obama first took office, he, like many politicians, still viewed gay rights as politically toxic. In 2008, for instance, he opposed full marital rights for same-sex couples, calling marriage a "sacred union" between a man and a woman. It wasn't until 2012, in the heat of his reelection campaign, that Obama finally embraced marriage equality.
The Politics of Gay Rights
July 1st, 2000
ISBN 0226719995 (ISBN13: 9780226719993)
Few issues in American politics inspire such passion as that of civil rights for gays and lesbians. In this group of original essays, scholars and activists writing from a number of different perspectives provide a comprehensive overview of this heated debate. Contributors thoroughly investigate the politics of the gay and lesbian movement, beginning with its political organizations and tactics. The essays also address the strategies and ideology of conservative opposition groups, such as the Christian Right. They focus on key issues for public policy, including gays and lesbians openly serving in the military, anti-discrimination laws, and the ongoing crisis of AIDS.
Pride Parades and LGBT Movements: Political Participation in an International Comparative Perspective
June 12th, 2018
Pride Parades and LGBT Movements contributes to a better understanding of LGBT protest dynamics through a comparative study of eleven Pride parades in seven European countries – Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK – and Mexico. Peterson, Wahlström and Wennerhag uncover the dynamics producing similarities and differences between Pride parades, using unique data from surveys of Pride participants and qualitative interviews with parade organizers and key LGBT activists. In addition to outlining the histories of Pride in the respective countries, the authors explore how the different political and cultural contexts influence.
Same-Sex Marriage in the United States: The Road to the Supreme Court
April 11th, 2013
ISBN 1442212047 (ISBN13: 9781442212046)
Same-sex marriage has become one of the defining social issues in contemporary U.S. politics. State court decisions finding in favor of same-sex relationship equality claims have been central to the issue's ascent from nowhere to near the top of the national political agenda. Same Sex Marriage in the United States tells the story of the legal and cultural shift, its backlash, and how it has evolved over the past 15 years. There is a clear story of jurisprudential evolution with regards to same-sex marriage from Hawaii, through Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, and, remarkably, Iowa in 2009.
Political Institutions and Lesbian and Gay Rights in the United States and Canada
May 1st, 2008
ISBN 0415988713 (ISBN13: 9780415988711)
Lesbian and gay citizens today enjoy a much broader array of rights and obligations and a greater ability to live their lives openly in both the U.S. and Canada. However, while human rights protections have been exponentially expanded in Canada over the last twenty years, even basic protections in areas such as employment discrimination are still unavailable to many in the United States. This book examines why these similar societies have produced such divergent policy outcomes, focusing on how differences between the political institutions of the U.S. and Canada have shaped the terrain of social movement and counter-movement mobilization.
Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire
January 11th, 2013
ISBN 1849351201 (ISBN13: 9781849351201)
What does it mean to "queer" the world around us? How does the radical refusal of the mainstream codification of GLBT identity as a new gender norm come into focus in the context of anarchist theory and practice? How do our notions of orientation inform our politics - and vice versa? "Queering Anarchism "brings together a diverse set of writings ranging from the deeply theoretical to the playfully personal that explore the possibilities of the concept of "queering," turning the dominant, and largely heteronormative, structures of belief and identity entirely inside-out.
The Lesbian and Gay Movement and the State: Comparative Insights Into a Transformed Relationship
September 28th, 2011
ISBN 1409410668 (ISBN13: 9781409410669)
By analyzing the relationship between lesbian and gay movements and the state, this ground-breaking book addresses two interconnected issues: to what extent is the lesbian and gay movement influenced by the state and, to a lesser extent, whether the lesbian and gay movement has somehow influenced the state, for instance by altering forms of sexual regulation. Given the diversity in national trajectories, this book covers fifteen countries. This enables the volume to shed light on different kinds of relationships between these groups and the state, as well as on the way they have evolved in recent decades.
Coming Out of the Republican Closet - Coming to Terms with Being Black, Patriotic and Conservative
May 15th, 2006
ISBN 141207939X (ISBN13: 9781412079396)
You've heard from the pros, pundits, and polemics. Now hear from one ordinary citizen, who discusses his transformation into a conservative voter. This is the life story of a black man who grew up in a Democratic Party family in North Carolina. Reginald and his four siblings were raised by their mother, Margaret Bohannon. "As far back as I can remember," he says, "Mom has voted and worked for the Democratic Party. She has been an allegiant Democrat since the early 1960s."After joining the United States Air Force in 1978, Reginald quickly rose through the ranks and earned a "Special Duty Assignment" to the Air Force One Presidential Wing under President Ronald Reagan. After returning to civilian life and volunteering with the Jesse Jackson presidential campaign, he became disgruntled with the Democratic Party. This led him to research both the Democratic and Republican parties.
After Marriage Equality: The Future of LGBT Rights
June 14th, 2016
ISBN 1479883085 (ISBN13: 9781479883080)
In persuading the Supreme Court that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, the LGBT rights movement has achieved its most important objective of the last few decades. Throughout its history, the marriage equality movement has been criticized by those who believe marriage rights were a conservative cause overshadowing a host of more important issues. Now that nationwide marriage equality is a reality, everyone who cares about LGBT rights must grapple with how best to promote the interests of sexual and gender identity minorities in a society that permits same- sex couples to marry. This book brings together 12 original essays by leading scholars of law, politics, and society to address the most important question facing the LGBT movement today: What does marriage equality mean for the future of LGBT rights?
The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage
October 1st, 2007
ISBN 0226720012 (ISBN13: 9780226720012)
Same-sex marriage emerged in 2004 as one of the hottest issues of the campaign season. But in a severe blow to gay rights advocates, all eleven states that had the issue on the ballot passed amendments banning the practice, and the subject soon dropped off the media’s radar. This pattern of waxing and waning in the public eye has characterized the debate over same-sex marriage since 1996 and the passing of the Defense of Marriage Act. Since then, court rulings and local legislatures have kept the issue alive in the political sphere, and conservatives and gay rights advocates have made the issue a key battlefield in the culture wars.
Same Sex Relationships: From 'odious Crime' to 'gay Marriage'
July 1st, 2006
ISBN 0199297738 (ISBN13: 9780199297733)
This book is based on the Clarendon Lectures in Law given in October 2005. The book deals with the remarkable change in society's attitude to homosexuality since the 1960's, and the 2005 Civil Partnership Act, which creates a framework in which same-sex couples can have their relationship legally recognized in much the same way as heterosexual marriage. It examines questions such as what are the essentials of the civil partnership relationship? Do civil partnerships really provide for a 'gay marriage', and if not, will they satisfy the demands for equality increasingly being made by the gay community?