Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement provides a new narrative
history of U.S. gay and lesbian activism, drawing on primary
research in the field and the best scholarship on the history of
the gay and lesbian movement.
Focusing on four decades of social, cultural, and political
change in the second half of the twentieth century, Stein examines
the changing agendas, beliefs, strategies, and vocabularies of a
movement that encompassed diverse actions, campaigns, ideologies,
and organizations. From the homophile activism of the 1950s and
1960s, through the rise of gay liberation and lesbian feminism in
the 1970s, to the multicultural and AIDS activist movements of the
1980s, Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement provides a strong
foundation for understanding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender,
and queer politics today.
Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement provides a short,
accessible overview of an important and transformational struggle
for social change, highlighting key individuals and events,
influential groups and networks, strong alliances and coalitions,
difficult challenges and obstacles, major successes and failures,
and the movement s lasting effects on the country. This volume will
be valued by everyone interested in gay and lesbian history, the
history of social movements, and the history of the United
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