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Retired labor lawyer and Brandeis University professor Linda Hirshman doesn’t think that the fight for gay rights in America is done and won. While asserting that much remains to be done, she chronicles in detail how far and fast gay rights developed in a short time – despite formidable obstacles other US minorities haven’t faced. This big book looms large and features a cast of thousands, so you might need time to work through it, but it offers a solid grounding in the subject. Given its 2012 publication, it precedes the events of 2013: President Barack Obama mentioning Stonewall in his inaugural address, the march toward marriage equality in some states, and the Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8. Hirshman explains that though she uses “gay” instead of the more encompassing LGBT, her scope encompasses the entire gender-issue community. getAbstract recommends her detailed, insightful history of one of the modern era’s most compelling social and political movements.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the gay rights movement began and evolved in America, and
  • What it has achieved.
 

About the Author

Retired labor lawyer and Brandeis University professor Linda Hirshman also wrote Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World, Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex, and A Woman's Guide to Law School.

 

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Before homosexuals in the United States attained political access and power, they established a community – a development that began during the Industrial Revolution, when Americans moved to cities in large numbers. Urban living allowed gays to find one another. They had to remain...

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