Politics of Gay Rights

ISBN-10: 0226719995
ISBN-13: 9780226719993
Edition: 2000
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 476
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

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. The book ends with chapters that discuss the ways in which the political struggle for gay rights has played out in various arenas--in Congress, in the courts, in state and local governments, and in electoral politics. Forcefully argued and accessibly written, this collection is an important contribution to the current discussion about civil rights for gays and lesbians.

List of Contributors
Preface
The Context of Gay PoliticsKenneth D. WaldI. The Gay Movement
Cycles of Change, Questions of Strategy: The Gay and Lesbian Movement after Fifty Years
Beyond Political Mainstreaming: Reflections on Lesbian and Gay Organizations and the Grassroots
Where Rhetoric Meets Reality: The Role of Black Lesbians and Gays in "Queer" Politics
Lesbian and Gay Policy Priorities: Commonality and Difference
Antigay: Varieties of Opposition to Gay Rights
The Gay Agenda Is the Devil's Agenda: The Christian Right's Vision and the Role of the
Direct Democracy and Gay Rights Initiatives after
DOMA and ENDA: Congress Votes on Gay Rights
Gays and AIDS: Democratizing Disease?
Sex/uality and Military Service
The Politics of Gay Rights at the Local and State Level
Lesbian and Gay Politics in the States: Interest Groups, Electoral Politics, and Policy
Gay and Lesbian Issues in the Congressional Arena
Sex and the Supreme Court: Gays, Lesbians, and Justice
Gay Rights in the Public Sphere: Public Opinion on Gay and Lesbian Equality
Index

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