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After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the90's
A compelling and compassionate work that never fails to stimulate. After the Ball is required reading for straights interested in understanding a minority that comprises 10% of the population and for gays who ar learning that the revolution is far from over.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Plume
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Mar 15, 2013 booklady marked it as to-read
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I just learned about this book as a result of watching the video "Speechless: Silencing Christians". Did you know this book was written to teach homosexuals how to conduct a publicity and "recognition" campaign using PC speech, the media, and other information management techniques? I know, I know; it sounds a little like I must exaggerating. After you watch this, however, you may think I'm understating the case.
Upon publication, this was a life-changing, politically-energizing, and inspiring book. In the decades since, its ideas may now seem dated, perhaps inappropriate, but the spirit behind it all was what did indeed earn us many of our successes. I'm always surprised by how little known it is--when a book changes your life it's natural to expect the whole world should know it, as well--because while the PR campaign the book strives for never really came to be in the way it devised it, the spirit of ...more
My lasting memory of this book is that it felt absolutely necessary at the time, and lent me some of the articulation and rhetorical tools I would need as a young man coming out of the closet and into the 1990s. It wasn't a call to political action so much as a call toward a sensibility. It's possible I could go find a copy (lost mine) and discover that what's in it either doesn't hold up or doesn't matter anymore. But at that moment, at age 21, it felt like desperately essential (and reassuring ...more