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Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation

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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
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Anchor (first published September 1st 1995)
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Danika at The Lesbrary
This was written in the mid-90s, so obviously it's out of date, and some parts that are just dense history of 90s activism doesn't translate very well, but it also has some really interesting ideas about organizing queer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.
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more 90s gay. very good history of that era. OMG, it's history now! we're so old and gay!!!

smart analysis, nice mix of theory and memoir. accessible but also challenging in a good way. worth reading.
Mar 26, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2009 bruin rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 15, 2007 Gina rated it really liked it
Some friends and I met in Urvashi Vaid in a DC hotel many years ago. When she asked if we were part of her conference, we nervously lied and said yes. She's "married" to the lesbian comedian Kate Clinton.
Dec 23, 2007 Jesse rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: queers, gays, and lesbians.
Having worked as a professional gay for a time I must say this book is an excellent analysis on what's going on in the field, and still timely given all that's going on with ENDA. Check it out.
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An important book about LGBT activism from the soma who was the executive director of the NGLTF.
Mar 22, 2007 tia rated it it was amazing
her critique of the queer movement is amazingly still relevant today.
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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 ...more
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