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In a New Century
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For gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States, the twenty-first century has brought dramatic changes: the end of sodomy laws, the elimination of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a move toward recognition of same-sex marriage, Gay-Straight Alliances in thousands of high schools, and an explosion of visibility in the media and popular culture. All of this would have been unimaginable to those living just a few decades ago. Yet, at the same time, the American political system has grown ever more conservative, and increasing economic inequality has been a defining feature of the new century.
            A pioneering scholar of gay history, John D’Emilio reflects in this wide-ranging collection of essays upon the social, cultural, and political changes provoked by LGBT activism. He offers provocative questions and historical analyses: What can we learn from a life-long activist like Bayard Rustin, who questioned the wisdom of “identity politics”? Was Richard Nixon a “gay liberationist”? How can knowing local stories—like those of Chicago in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s—help build stronger communities and enrich traditions of activism? Might the focus on achieving actually be evidence of growing conservatism in LGBT communities?
            In a New Century provides a dynamic, thoughtful, and important resource for identifying changes that have occurred in the United States since 1960, taking stock of the work that still needs to be done, and issuing an urgent call to action for getting there.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-2
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  1. Introduction: Writing History, Making Change
  2. pp. 3-36
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  1. Part I: Strategizing Change
  2. pp. 37-38
  1. 1. The State of Our Movements: Some Reflections
  2. pp. 39-41
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  1. 2. Beyond Queer Nationalism: Changing Strategies for Changing Times
  2. pp. 42-61
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  1. 3. The Gay Movement and the Left
  2. pp. 62-67
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  1. 4. Listening to Rustin: Lessons from an Agitator for Justice
  2. pp. 68-80
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  1. Part II: Doing History
  2. pp. 81-82
  1. 5. Why I Write
  2. pp. 83-88
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  1. 6. Putting Sex into History and History into Sex
  2. pp. 89-100
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  1. 7. History,Social Movements, and Community Organizing
  2. pp. 101-109
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  1. 8. If I Knew Then: Doing Oral History
  2. pp. 110-120
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  1. 9. Finding History, Creating Community
  2. pp. 121-127
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  1. 10. The Power of Community History
  2. pp. 128-136
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  1. Part III: Local Stories
  2. pp. 137-138
  1. 11. Who Wears the Pants?
  2. pp. 139-142
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  1. 12. The Lavender Scare in Chicago
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. 13. Pulp Madness
  2. pp. 147-150
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  1. 14. Valerie Taylor: A Woman for All Generations
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. 15. In the News
  2. pp. 155-158
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  1. 16. Gay Power!
  2. pp. 159-161
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  1. 17. Risky Business
  2. pp. 162-165
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  1. 18. Let’s Dance!
  2. pp. 166-168
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  1. 19. Writing for Freedom
  2. pp. 169-172
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  1. 20. Dade County, USA
  2. pp. 173-176
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  1. 21. Every Kick Is a Boost
  2. pp. 177-180
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  1. Part IV: History’s Lessons
  2. pp. 181-182
  1. 22. Remembering Bayard Rustin
  2. pp. 183-189
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  1. 23. The 1979 March on Washington: Its Place in History
  2. pp. 190-195
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  1. 24. Some Lessons from Lawrence
  2. pp. 196-209
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  1. 25. Rethinking Queer History: Or, “Richard Nixon, Gay Liberationist”?
  2. pp. 210-228
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  1. 26. The Campaign for Marriage Equality: A Dissenting View
  2. pp. 229-262
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 263-264
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 265-275
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