Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution

Victory The Triumphant Gay Revolution In the vein of Taylor Branch s classic Parting of the Waters Supreme Court lawyer and political pundit Linda Hirshman delivers the enthralling groundbreaking story of the gay rights movement reveal

In the vein of Taylor Branch s classic Parting of the Waters, Supreme Court lawyer and political pundit Linda Hirshman delivers the enthralling, groundbreaking story of the gay rights movement, revealing how a dedicated and resourceful minority changed America forever now available in a limited Olive Edition.When the modern struggle for gay rights erupted in the summer ofIn the vein of Taylor Branch s classic Parting of the Waters, Supreme Court lawyer and political pundit Linda Hirshman delivers the enthralling, groundbreaking story of the gay rights movement, revealing how a dedicated and resourceful minority changed America forever now available in a limited Olive Edition.When the modern struggle for gay rights erupted in the summer of 1969, forty nine states outlawed sex between people of the same gender Four decades later, in 2011, New York legalized gay marriage and the armed services stopped enforcing Don t Ask, Don t Tell Successful social movements are always extraordinary, but these advances seem like something of a miracle.Linda Hirshman recounts the long roads that led to these victories, detailing the remarkable and revolutionary story of the movement that has blurred rigid gender lines, altered the shared culture, and broadened our definitions of family Written in vivid prose, at once emotional and erudite, Victory is an utterly vibrant work of reportage and eyewitness accounts and demonstrates how, in a matter of decades, a focused group of activists forged a classic campaign for cultural change that will serve as a model for all future political movements Remarkable for its emotional punch as for its historical insight New York Times Book Review

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  1. My actual knowledge of gay history is embarrassingly minimal, so I picked this up from the library Hirshman s focus here is on the American gay rights movement and it s meteoric ascent in the last 60 years, not on American gay culture as a whole She does an excellent job of examining how that history developed, going all the way back to the 1920 s and 1930 s and showing the development of the first informal, hopelessly ineffective gay organizations and groups decades before phrases like Stonewal [...]

  2. The author goes through a century of the history of the slow but steady change towards equal rights for gay men and women in the United States The going was tough, after a remarkably good step forward during Prohibition when the culture of doing things that were not condoned by the main stream became almost main stream by virtue of prevalence , but the book does not have a downbeat tone quite the contrary, it is uplifting throughout.The author does not waste any time defending the concept that h [...]

  3. I really enjoyed the book which invites you on a journey of American gay civil rights through the last 80 years It has a strict focus on civil liberties and rights and the official attitude towards the LGBT citizens such as the psychiatrists classification of LGBT peopleas mentally ill, sodomy laws and funding for AIDS research It did not focus on the change in public opinions, the change in the framing of LGBT people in the media or what caused this change, but instead focused on the social mov [...]

  4. I found this book fascinating and well written at first, but then I got lost in the swirling pool of names and dates The author keeps jumping back and forth in time, which makes following the many threads confusing That s probably unavoidable considering the large number of gay rights leaders involved, but I just couldn t wade through this title It would be good for someone determined to know the entire story, for people looking for detailed information on the gay rights movement, and for people [...]

  5. In this dark hour, a hopeful book to read Ms Hirschman believes a bit too strongly in the great man and woman version of history, but the chronology was well written and framed.

  6. This is a good introduction to the last century of LGBTQ history, though Hirshman s writing style does little to alleviate the disorienting abundance of names dates locations.

  7. Linda R Hirshman, JD 69AuthorA Supreme Court lawyer and political pundit details the enthralling and groundbreaking story of the gay rights movement, revealing how a dedicated and resourceful minority changed America forever.When the modern struggle for gay rights erupted most notably at a bar called Stonewall in Greenwich Village in the summer of 1969, most religious traditions condemned homosexuality psychiatric experts labeled people who were attracted to others of the same sex crazy and fort [...]

  8. This book is timely it wraps up just as the court cases, in California and elsewhere, are heading toward a showdown at the U.S Supreme Court Indeed, the author seems to understand the case law up till now I would know, having the legal training to appreciate it and she explains it in straightforward prose She understands the historic record as well, and has consulted the past leading LGBT historians John D Emilio, Randy Shilts, Alan Berube, George Chauncey.Above all, this is a book of context Th [...]

  9. A bit confusing for me who didn t know all the court cases and history of the Gay Rights movement, I learned to tolerate any frustration and read on to get an idea of what was going on The story of gay rights begins in the late 1800s when people migrating to cities to work have options to live in rooming houses segregated by sex While acts of sodomy have always of occurred people discover they prefer to have sex and live their lives together though they are the same sex The word homosexual is f [...]

  10. Boken r en bra versikt ver historien ver HBTQ r relsen i USA och dess framg ngar och motg ngar Det r v ldigt mycket namn och datum i boken och k nns ibland lite f rvirrande n r de inte tas upp i kronologisk ordning Ibland hoppar f rfattaren mellan nutid och d tid och jag var tvungen att backa n gra meningar f r att kolla att jag inte missuppfattat n gonting n r jag blivit f rvirrad Lite tydligare mark rer p kronologisk nutid och d tid hade inte skadat l supplevelsen En annan sak som jag t nkte p [...]

  11. An excellent, thorough history of the gay movement in the United States over the last century Moves seamlessly from Supreme Court decisions to civil rights movements to community organizations to individual personalities Already hefty, it is understandable that its scope had to be constrained nevertheless, it s worth mentioning that it seems mostly although certainly not entirely about white men and others in the mainstream media view It s not about the teenage punk band scene Transgender people [...]

  12. I am very pleased I read this book Hirshman covers over a century s worth of LGBQT history She is particularly strong at highlighting important court cases Indeed, I feel like I learned a lot on legal battles alone However, equally compelling, I felt that Hirshman was able to tell a people s history Lots of attention to quotes and journal entries At times though, I got lost in detail I felt like a new name was introduced pretty much every single paragraph The political science major in me liked [...]

  13. An amazing saga, tragic, complex, often heroic Sometimes the thicket of tiny, fractious political organizations are reminiscent of Ten Days That Shook the World, difficult to follow but still interesting The comparison to the civil rights and feminist movements is well nuanced, but sometimes pushed a bit too hard The sometimes dense political, philosophical, sociological, psychological narrative is relieved by blunt statements such as in a discussion of the Romer court decision, e law infringed [...]

  14. To be honest, I kept getting lost in this book Basically the story of gay rights from the 50s to present and sozens and dozens of names and, my god, the acronyms Every page people and acronyms and it felt like an alphabet than a straightforward narrative To be honest, I found it kind of a slog While it is remarkable how quickly gay rights went from being completely politically toxic to almost the norm, this didn t do it for me in either the how or why It was also interesting how she compared [...]

  15. Garbage I spent most of the first 250 pages wishing that this were a little scholarly and a little less disjointed You can tell a compelling narrative history without cursing and without using phrases like omigod It was a struggle to get through the last 100 pages, as the author bashes Obama over and over, unjustly She demeans all of the efforts of the gay friendliest President in history while comparing the president of the Log Cabin Republicans to Thurgood Marshall Somebody, somewhere will wr [...]

  16. This is a wonderful, engaging history of the gay civil rights movement, and gave me quite a lot to think about Hirshman talks quite persuasively about how the gay civil rights movement came from much further behind than either the black civil rights movement or the feminist movement but managed to keep going after either of the others ran out of steam Her essay What Stonewall Got Right that Occupy Got Wrong, available online, is also worth reading I had to laugh when coming to the end of the boo [...]

  17. As this most marginalized group of Americans fought for full inclusion in the social order, they didn t only change their world they changed everyone s world Because they were different, the makers of the gay revolution could not take the path of showing they were acceptable citizens under an old order They had to change the meaning of the core concepts of morality, sanity, loyalty itself Hirshman takes the reader through the history of the queer rights movement from the late 1800 s thru the ove [...]

  18. I wasn t quite ready to declare Victory before I read this book, but Hirshman made a good case This is one of my favorite types of books, one that covers a period I lived through and or has information familiar to me, but makes connections or gives background detail that helps me see events in a new way Hirshman s clear eyed review of the chronology of 20th 21st century gay and lesbian movements showed their erratic but steady progress and, yes, success An excellent first, or even only, book for [...]

  19. This was a great book with a TON of information But if you don t know anything about gay history, don t start with this book There are a lot of people mentioned, gay organizations and acronyms than I knew about, and court cases mentioned in passing What this book needs is an index at the end specifically about these three things I didn t know a lot of the cases, so having a brief line stating what they were about, even the big ones we learned in school would have been helpful Otherwise this wa [...]

  20. Victory is a remarkable book that covers the advances for LGBT American civil rights from 1950 to 2011 Although there is not yet full equality, Hirshman effectively illustrates how the LGBT community has gained political strength The efforts she writes about passing non discrimination ordinances, winning at the Supreme Court, electing openly LGBT elected officials should all give us hope for the better and equal America to come.

  21. Linda, an alum of our Law School Class of 1969 , has written a wonderfully readable and insightful account of how American attitudes towards homosexuals changed It is a story filled with fascinating characters, interesting anecdotes, and important lessons about the nature of political movements in America Geoffrey R Stone

  22. This was not the most well organized non fiction I have ever read I did appreciate learning about the civil rights movement of homosexuals and understanding the limitations imposed on them historically because of their sexual orientation I respect all advocates for equality It is fascinating that these social and political changes have all taken place during my lifetime.

  23. Good source on gay rights for the time period covered during the early stages of the gay revolution, but Victory really can be attributed to the achievement of same sex marriage and the the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v Hodges on June 25, 2015.

  24. An exhaustive, page turning chronicling gays in America Hirshman s spot on vignettes bring colorful characters to life A must read for any person who s into their same sex, history, or wants to write about either.

  25. The first half is a fascinating, thorough, and intimate history of the gay rights movement that unfortunately turns into a slog through recent memory in the second which is to say, Hirshman s book will age very well for people who haven t lived through it Recommended.

  26. Pretty good book History of the political struggle for gay rights, covering almost 100 years Could have been polished writing, but the stories were compelling.

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