Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation

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Anchor Books, Doubleday, 1995 - Social Science - 440 pages
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Since the debacle to lift the ban on gays in the military, the emergence of gay conservatives, and the onslaught of antigay initiatives across America, the gay and lesbian community has been asking itself tough questions: Where should the movement go? What do we want? How should we accomplish our goals? In Virtual Equality, veteran activist Urvashi Vaid answers these questions with a unique combination of visionary politics and hard-earned pragmatism. Tracing the political and cultural developments since Stonewall, Vaid shows that despite significant gains in visibility, most gays and lesbians remain demoralized and persecuted, second-class citizens in their own country. Vaid defines the status of gay America as one of "virtual equality," a state of conditional equality based more on the appearance of acceptance by straight America, rather than on actual civil equality.

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User Review  - Jean Marie Angelo - Goodreads

An important book about LGBT activism from the soma who was the executive director of the NGLTF. Read full review

Review: Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation

User Review  - bruin - Goodreads

read this as part of the planning for a trip for teenagers on LGBTQ histories of resistance--totally incredible and *so* pertinent right now, nearly fifteen years after it was written. if you read it, i totally want to talk to you about it! recommended. Read full review

Contents

Virtual Equality
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Legitimation Liberation and History
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AIDS and Transformation 69
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Copyright

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Urvashi is the director of the Policy Institute, former executive director of the National Gay Lesbian Task Force.

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