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The Rise of a Gay and Lesbian Movement

The Rise of a Gay and Lesbian Movement

by Barry D. Adam

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Although the Stonewall riots in New York City in June 1969 are generally considered the beginning of the Gay Liberation movement, ``the first social movement to advance the civil rights of gay people was found in Germany in 1897.'' Amplifying John Lauritsen and David Thorstad's excellent Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935) (1974), sociologist Adam reviews the social, historic, and economic conditions surrounding the development of gay rights worldwide. Using secondary sources, he interweaves individuals, episodes, and examples into an overall picture, chronicling the fits and starts of lesbian and gay rights movements to the present. An extensive list of references supplements the annotated selected bibliography of this comprehensive international history. James E. Van Buskirk, Acad. of Art Coll. Lib., San Francisco
An update of Adam's 1987 study of the movement in light of the growth of gay and lesbian studies in the past decade and the strategies that have developed for the protection and welfare of homosexuals. Addresses topics such as the movement's recovery of momentum in the wake of New Right campaigns; its gains in human rights and domestic partner legislation in several countries; the impact of AIDS on movement issues and the renewal of militant tactics through AIDS activism and Queer Nation; internal debates that shift the meanings composing homosexual, gay, lesbian, and queer identities and cultures; and the proliferation of new movement groups around the world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Cengage Gale
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Social Movements past and Present Series
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