The fight for gay, lesbian, and trans civil rights - the years of outrageous injustice, the early battles, the heartbreaking defeats, and the victories beyond the dreams of the gay rights pioneers - is the most important civil rights issue of the present day. Based on rigorous research and more than 150 interviews, The Gay Revolution tells this unfinished story not through dry facts but through dramatic accounts of passionate struggles, with all the sweep, depth, and intricacies that only an award-winning activist, scholar, and novelist like Lillian Faderman can evoke.
The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when law classified gays and lesbians as criminals, the psychiatric profession saw them as mentally ill, the churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with irrational hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond. Faderman discusses the protests in the 1960s, the counter reaction of the 1970s and early '80s, the decimated but united community during the AIDS epidemic, and the current hurdles for the right to marriage equality.
"[T]his volume will deservedly become a standard in the field." (Library Journal)
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An outstanding book.
The Gay Revolution gives a great history of what the gay community endured at the turn of the century and into the present day. It gives the stone cold facts but presented in a way that is compelling to listen to. There were parts in this book where I seriously got angry and then there were other parts where I wanted to cry. The LGBT community has been through so much and it is wonderful in this book that the story is told.
I loved the facts. I love that someone actually looked up and told the story in a way that should have been told long ago.
Donna Postel is awesome. I seriously could listen to her all day. When you think of someone talking about history you get this Charlie Brown sound in your head that it is going to be all boring and wha wha wha. But Donna Postel was not like that. She has a very pleasant voice to listen to and when I would listen to this story I stopped everything I was doing to listen.
In the first few chapters when it was told about the witch hunts for homosexuals. How we were put into mental institutions with the possibility of have a lobotomy. That struck such a fear with me. I was angered yet saddened at the same time.
Thi is a must read for people. Whether you are LGBT or straight this is a book that I think everyone should read. It is a very compelling story. And I really feel that you would be moved by this book. Donna Postel is great with her reading of this and is very pleasant to listen to. I learned things that I had no clue that had taken place. Everyone should read this book.
- David Farley
Absolutely awe inspiring
- J. S. Myers