From Identity to Politics: The Lesbian and Gay Movements in the United States

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Temple University Press, 2002 - Political Science - 239 pages
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Liberal democracy has provided a certain degree of lesbian and gay rights. But those rights, as we now know, are not unlimited, and they continue to be the focus of efforts by lesbian and gay movements in the United States to promote social change. In this compelling critique, Craig Rimmerman looks at the past, present, and future of the movements to analyze whether it is possible for them to link identity concerns with a progressive coalition for political, social, and gender change, one that take into account race, class, and gender inequalities. Enriched by eight years of interviews in Washington, D.C. and New York City, and by the author's experience as a Capitol Hill staffer, From Identity to Politics will provoke discussion in classrooms and caucus rooms across the United States. Author note: Craig A. Rimmerman is Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is the author of several books, including The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism, and Service.
  

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From Identity to Politics: The Lesbian and Gay Movements in the United States (Queer Politics, Queer Theories)

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Rimmerman (political science, Hobart and William Smith Coll.; The New Citizenship) asks whether the gay and lesbian movement should pursue narrow, rights-based goals using traditional lobbying and ... Read full review

Contents

Perspectives on the Lesbian and Gay Movements
1
The Assimilationist Strategy Electoral Politics and InterestGroup Liberalism
18
The Legal Rights Strategy
45
Unconventional Politics as a Strategy for Change
82
The Christian Rights Challenge
121
Critical Reflections on the Movements Futures
155
Platform of the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation
187
The Millennium March Agenda A Status Update
191
Another Divisive AntiGay Initiative from the OCA Bringing Discrimination into Oregons Schools
195
Basic Rights Oregon Targets Queer Youth Activists
197
Notes
199
References
215
Index
229
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Rimmerman is Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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