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The gay revolution

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Lillian Faderman's The Gay Revolution : the story of the struggle begins in the 1950's when gays and lesbians were classified as criminals, mentally ill and sinners and when society victimized them with irrational hatred. Faderman's remarkable research with politicians, military figures, legal activists and members of the LGBT community presents a sweeping story of the struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights from the 1950's to the present.

A few examples of the controversial biases, covered extensively, critically and passionately are:

  • No army of lovers : toward a homosexual-free military
  • The riots ; Say it proud, and loud : new gay politics
  • How gays and lesbians stopped being sex criminals
  • The first law in American history that begins the job of protecting LGBT people
  • A forty-year war : the stuggle for workplace protection

The victories, heartbreaks and committment that mark this journey is now easily considered one of the most important civil rights  issues of the present day.  Faderman's The Gay Revolution : the story of the struggle tells this unfinished story 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.