Everyday Mutinies

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Who are the women who struggled to form lesbian communities—and how did they fund their activism?

In Everyday Mutinies: Funding Lesbian Activism, two dozen lesbians—including well-known activists such as Martina Navratilova, Alison Bechdel, Dee Mosbacher, and Jewelle Gomez—tell the stories of their activism, with an emphasis on how they support themselves and fund their political activities. Their examples can help you deal with raising and allocating money. Less than 0.3 of all philanthropic dollars are awarded to lesbian and gay projects each year. Yet Everyday Mutinies shares amazing success stories of women surviving, thriving, and making an impact by using the resources they have with intelligence and skill. You will be moved and inspired by the stories behind Naiad Press, The Ladder, Straight from the Heart, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Everyday Mutinies presents the voices of scientists, political strategists, artists, writers, fundraisers, and community organizers. These courageous women discuss their strategies for getting and using money to pursue their visions, including:

  • funding scientific studies in creative ways
  • liberating corporate resources
  • encouraging responsible stewardship of inherited wealth
  • getting paid for working on lesbian causes
  • choosing a job to support activism
  • financing lesbian media from magazines to documentaries
  • giving time versus giving money

    Everyday Mutinies is an essential resource on the history and practice of lesbian activism. It also contains valuable ideas for any political lesbian who has wondered how she can possibly pay her bills and make the rent while remaining a full-time activist.

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Editorial Reviews

Gartrell (psychiatry, U. of California, San Francisco) and Rothblum (psychology, U. of Vermont, Burlington) present 21 contributions in which lesbian activists discuss their activism with a focus on how they support themselves and fund their political work. The definition of who is an activist is broad, with contributions from scientists, artists, foundation managers, and academics. The funding methods described also range across a spectrum, with stories of penny- pinching journals presented alongside descriptions of million-dollar foundations. Also published as , vol. 5, no. 3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560232582
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Contra la Corriente (Against the Current)
  • Ordinary Insurrections: Alison Bechdel Interviewed by Marny Hall
  • JEB (Joan E. Biren): Lesbian Photographer, Video Producer, Activist
  • Advocacy Meets the Scientific Method
  • How Lesbian Artists Support Their Art
  • Changing the World
  • Lesbian Giving—and Getting: Tending Radical Roots in an Era of Venture Philanthropy
  • Shoestring Science
  • The Jewelle Gomez Stories as Told to Amanda Kovattana
  • A Burning Love for Lesbian Literature
  • Funding the National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Lesbian Activism in Silicon Valley
  • Daughters of Bilitis and the Ladder that Teetered
  • Changing Hearts, Changing Minds: An Interview with Dee Mosbacher, MD, PhD
  • Time Is More Valuable than Money
  • Rainbow Philanthropy
  • My Roots as an Activist
  • Enhancing and Inspiring Lesbian Philanthropy
  • The Sound of Activism: A Personal Journey
  • Caring Deeply, Changing the World: A Profile of Sherry Thomas
  • Out About Class: Social Change Philanthropy
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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