From starting a gay-straight alliance in your high school to the most effective way to lobby your state representative face-to-face, Come Out and Win explains how to organize and become politically engaged in a clear and user-friendly manner. Other issues explored include youth organizing, marriage equality, legislative change, public relations, having a voice in the mainstream press, putting on a street demonstration, and political organizing from local to national levels. Grappling with the complexity of grassroots political interactions, Come Out and Win suggests ways for LGBT communities to form coalitions with women's organizations, communities of color, and faith communities.
Between the Lines (Michigan) praises Beacon Press for launching the Queer Action Series:
"Interestingly, Beacon is launching the series at the same time many mass market publishing houses are moving away from LBGT genre books. The national InsightOut Book club has been cancelled and recent shuffling in the industry has left many editors of LBGT genre books looking for work."
"‘Beacon actually has, as a part of their mission, to work on social justice issues. So this very much fits into what Beacon is mandated to do. They have prioritized this,’ Bronski said."
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About the Author
A longtime LGBT activist and organizer, Sue Hyde has worked with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) for over twenty years. Prior to her work at NGLTF, Hyde served as news editor at Gay Community News in Boston from 1983 to 1985 and was a leader in the community-based campaign to defend lesbian and gay families in Massachusetts when state lawmakers banned the placement of foster children with lesbian and gay parents.
Since 1986, Hyde has served on the staff of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, leading the fights to repeal sodomy laws, rescind the military's ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual servicemembers, and to pass non-discrimination laws in cities and states. The Task Force in 1994 appointed Hyde to direct the Creating Change Conference, the LGBT movement's annual skills-building and strategy forum. As director of NGLTF's Creating Change conference, Hyde has trained thousands of queer activists. Hyde is a leader of the battle to preserve marriage rights for same-sex couples in Massachusetts. She was bestowed the prestigious Stonewall Award in 2002, recognizing her for a lifetime of dedication and service to the social movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender freedom, justice and equality. Hyde lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her wife and two children.