21st Century Gay

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Areas discussed are: Gay separatism vs. Gay mainstreaming; Coming out; AIDS; Marriage; Adoption; Religion; Politics; Pop culture and media; and, most importantly, what the future holds.

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Overview

Areas discussed are: Gay separatism vs. Gay mainstreaming; Coming out; AIDS; Marriage; Adoption; Religion; Politics; Pop culture and media; and, most importantly, what the future holds.

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In this simplistic overview, Malone (Straight Women/Gay Men) examines recent events in the struggle for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights but offers little new information or interpretation. Introducing a specious middle-of-the-road construct ("These `third-way' members of the gay community can often sympathize with the arguments and aims of both separatists and mainstreamers to some degree, but also tend to see the problems inherent in the positions on either side"), he investigates the impact of various issues on lesbians and gay men in America: AIDS, coming out, marriage, adoption, religion, violence, and politics. Oversimplification, gross generalizations, sloppy writing, and unarticulated assumptions (e.g., "The gay community is unquestionably more diverse than the general public, yet even some gay leaders do not always seem to fully recognize how multifaceted it is") render this book, based on interviews, New York Times articles, and other written sources, unsuitable for any but the most comprehensive collections.--James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871319494
  • Publisher: Evans, M. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/26/2001
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 0.46 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A Community of Many Parts 9
2 AIDS: Past, Present and Future 21
3 Coming Out 47
4 Gay Marriage 71
5 Gay Adoption 95
6 Gays and Politics 117
7 Gays and Religion 143
8 Violence Against Gays 163
9 An End to Homophobia? 179
Bibliography 195
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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    A wonderful book filled not only with information, but with personal experiences.

    This book is basic in its understanding, and provides several examples of real problems in the GLBT community. From the AIDS breakout to future possible paths for the community, this book covers a wide variety of topics that helped me realize that although we are all united by one characteristic, the GLBT community holds a variety of people all with different views on issues such as marriage and adoption.
    To tell you the truth, I probably would never have picked up this book were it not for my English research project.
    However, once I began to read it, I realized how important it was for me to become educated with topics pertaining to me. "21st Century Gay" by John Malone certainly provided historical data which I was ignorant of, and inspired me to further research and someday become more involved in gay politics.
    I especially enjoyed reading about the earlier leaders, fighting against the odds and proving themselves to be respectable and recognizable men. I came to look up to these individuals because of what they accomplished, and John Malone does an excellent job at depicting their struggle not only with the law, but with the de facto discrimination so many homosexuals suffered.
    "21st Century Gay" may not seem like a good read at first, but if homosexual politics interests you and you have no idea where to start, this book is an excellent place to begin your journey. Skim parts, skip over entire chapters: The point is, this book holds a variety of topics that it's difficult not to find something that interests you. Definitely a good resource to have.

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