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For much of the 20th century, American gays and lesbians lived in fear that public exposure of their sexualities might cause them to be fired, blackmailed, or even arrested. Today, they are enjoying an unprecedented number of legal rights and protections.
Clearly, the tides have shifted for gays and lesbians, but what caused this enormous sea change?
In his gripping new book, Walter Frank offers an in-depth look at the court cases that were pivotal in establishing gay rights. But he also tells the story of those individuals who were willing to make waves by fighting for those rights, taking enormous personal risks at a time when the tide of public opinion was against them.
While a strong advocate for gay rights, Frank also examines critiques of the movement, including some coming from the gay community itself. Comprehensive in coverage, the book explains the legal and constitutional issues involved in each of the major goals of the gay rights movement: a safe and healthy school environment, workplace equality, an end to anti-gay violence, relationship recognition, and full integration into all the institutions of the larger society, including marriage and military service.
Drawing from extensive archival research and from decades of experience as a practicing litigator, Frank not only provides a vivid history, but also shows where the battle for gay rights might go from here. Table of Contents.
The Early Gay Rights Movement
Title Page, Copyright Page pp. Contents pp. Acknowledgments pp.
Introduction pp. Stonewall pp.
Gay Rights Essay
Three Key Developments pp. The Debate over Gay Rights pp. The Workplace pp. Freedom from Violence; Freedom to Serve pp.
Gay rights movement
The Public School Struggle pp. The Gay Family pp.
The State Constitutional Battles pp. Conclusion pp. Suggested Reading pp.
LGBT social movements
References pp. Cases pp.
What you need to know about the gay rights movement
Index pp. About the Author pp. Purchase Buy This Book in Print.
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