Outrage!: An Oral History

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Lucas presents a history of the British lesbian and gay activist group OutRage!, an organization analogous to ACT-UP in the United States. Each chapter describes a different campaign, or "zap," such as the outing of Anglican bishops and efforts to make the age of consent the same for homosexual and heterosexual sex. A member of Outrage! from 1990 to 1994, Lucas (Impertinent Decorum, Cassell Academic, 1994) provides a brief narrative in each chapter interspersed with firsthand accounts by fellow members. Lucas details the group's strategy and inner political struggles as well as the activists' perspectives on gay issues in 1990s Britain. This is such an insider's view, however, that readers unfamiliar with politics and gay rights in Britain may find the history disjointed and hard to follow. Recommended for libraries with large gay and lesbian or social activism collections.--Debra Moore, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780304333585
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface: Now Was Not Like That Then
1 Pretty Annoyed (But Not Quite OutRaged) 1
2 Coming Out Fighting 13
3 Stolen Kisses, Parting Glances 31
4 Queering the Pitch 49
5 The Whores and the Three-Legged Man 73
6 Sequins, Labia, Children 87
7 Equality Now! 101
8 Another Night of Long Knives 121
9 'Sister, Sister, It's an Outrage!' 133
10 Music, Cameras, Action! 143
11 Jeans, Genes, Stroppy Queens 159
12 The Riot That Nearly Was 171
13 A Right Holy Row 185
14 Homosexual Terrorists Kill MP 197
15 The Death of Activism? 209
Afterword: Profit and Loss 223
App. 1 Chronology 231
App. 2 The Philosophy of OutRage! - An Interview with Peter Tatchell 236
Index 241
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