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Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation
by Urvashi Vaid
Since the decade to lift the ban on gays in the military, the emergence of gay conservatives, and the onslaught of antigay initiatives across America, the gay and lesbian community has been asking itself tough questions: Where should the movement go? What do we want? In Virtual Equality, veteran activist Urvashi Vaid tackles these questions with a unique combination of v ...more
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This was written in the mid-90s, so obviously it's out of date, and some parts that are just dense history of 90s activism doesn't translate very well, but it also has some really interesting ideas about organizing queer activism/activists. I'd definitely recommend this for people who are part of queer activist communities. It also was an interesting look at recent queer history, and I was glad to get a perspective that acknowledged the presence of racism and sexism within the movement.
So much excellent information, movement history, and ideas in here. Things could get a bit repetitive from chapter to chapter, though. And while she had a lot of good recommendations and criticisms which work for the LGBT movement, the feminist movement, and every other movement I've ever been part of or read about, which I certainly agreed with, she also did some forgiveness-badgering at the end, which is so tiresome, as well as overly-optimistic. Overall, though, yes, I really did appreciate t ...more
read this as part of the planning for a trip for teenagers on LGBTQ histories of resistance--totally incredible and *so* pertinent right now, nearly fifteen years after it was written. if you read it, i totally want to talk to you about it! recommended.
Urvashi Vaid is an Indian-American LGBT rights activist. She received a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston in 1983, where she founded the Boston Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance, a non-partisan political organization that interviews and endorses candidates for political office and advocates for Boston's gay community. Her books are "Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of ...moreMore about Urvashi Vaid...