The Gay Agenda: Talking Back to the Fundamentalists

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Prometheus Books, 1996 - Social Science - 228 pages
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Fundamentalist fanatics are not alone in objecting to homosexuality, but their attacks on gays and lesbians have been particularly brutal and malicious. Religious conservatives insist that AIDS is a plague on society, that homosexuality is the result of unnatural behavior, and that organized gay movements have some grand scheme to subvert social and moral values and undermine the family. Acclaimed pioneer of gay and lesbian liberation, Jack Nichols sets fundamentalists on the run, exposing lies, threats, misunderstandings, and hate-mongering by the "righteous" religious. He explodes bogus fundamentalist claims about secret "Gay Agenda", while critiquing grotesque superstitions and "witch-hunt" tactics that subvert self-esteem and social harmony. Nichols shows how the gay and lesbian movement has played an integral part in expanding social equality and pluralism, and encouraging tolerance. Defeating fanaticism and instilling reason and tolerance requires new approaches such as humorous retorts and a reliance on gay and lesbian cultural harmony.

"Good ideas, theories and propositions ... much to agree with ..". -- Publishers Weekly

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Jack Nichols is a pioneer of the American gay and lesbian civil rights movement whose biography appears in Dr. Vern Bullough's new history. Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context (Haworth) among "movers and shakers on the national scene." Nichols co-founded the Mattachine Societies of Washington, D.C. (1961) and Florida (1965), and he organized the first protest demonstration at the White House on April 17, 1965. He was the first gay activist to insist to gay movement members in 1963 that they must refute the anti-gay theories of the timeframe's psychiatric establishment. He first appeared before a national TV audience in 1967 when interviewed by Mike Wallace as a self-affirming gay male in CBS's first documentary on homosexuality. Nichols and his partner, Lige Clarke, were the editors of Gay, America's first gay weekly newspaper, from 1969 to 1973. Together they wrote the first nonfiction memoir by a gay couple. I Have More Fun with You than Anybody. Nichols has authored several works, Including Men's Liberation: A New Definition of Masculinity as well as They Gay Agenda: Talking Back to the Fundamentalists. Currently, Nichols is editor of the popular Internet magazine, To date his accomplishments have been chronicled in 45 gay history books, and a chapter detailing both Nichols' and Clarke's careers as co-editors appears in the recently published Columbia University textbook Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America.

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