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1st Edition

Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement

ISBN 9780415874106
Published May 17, 2012 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement provides a new narrative history of U.S. gay and lesbian activism, drawing on primary research in the field and the best scholarship on the history of the gay and lesbian movement.

Focusing on four decades of social, cultural, and political change in the second half of the twentieth century, Stein examines the changing agendas, beliefs, strategies, and vocabularies of a movement that encompassed diverse actions, campaigns, ideologies, and organizations. From the homophile activism of the 1950s and 1960s, through the rise of gay liberation and lesbian feminism in the 1970s, to the multicultural and AIDS activist movements of the 1980s, Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement provides a strong foundation for understanding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer politics today.

Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement provides a short, accessible overview of an important and transformational struggle for social change, highlighting key individuals and events, influential groups and networks, strong alliances and coalitions, difficult challenges and obstacles, major successes and failures, and the movement’s lasting effects on the country. This volume will be valued by everyone interested in gay and lesbian history, the history of social movements, and the history of the United States.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Before the Movement, 1500-1940

Chapter 2: Homophile Activism, 1940-69

Chapter 3: Gay Liberation, Lesbian Feminism, and Gay and Lesbian Liberalism, 1969-73

Chapter 4: Gay and Lesbian Activism in the Era of Conservative Backlash, 1973-8

Chapter 5: Gay and Lesbian Activism in the Age of AIDS, 1981-90

Chapter 6: LGBT and Queer Activism Beyond 1990

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Marc Stein is Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. His is the author of City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-72, Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe, and Editor-In-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America.


“Stein is meticulous in his work, outlining the creation of groups, their coalitions and schisms, while keeping his eye on the big picture…he has put together a resource work that fills an important gap. If you want the most recent comprehensive report on the state of the gay nation, pick up Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement.” - Holly Baggett, PEACE & CHANGE