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Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memories of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims

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Synopsis: Over 13,000 Americans have been murdered in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries because of their sexual orientation and gender presentation. In Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memory of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims, Stephen Sprinkle puts a human face on the outrage and loss suffered when people die from anti-gay hatred. Beginning with new developments ...more
Paperback, first, 332 pages
Published January 20th 2011 by Resource Publications (first published 2011)
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Ai Miller
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sprinkle says this book is a call to action, and especially a call for community unification, but I'm not sure this is exactly how he wants it to be done, nor does it necessarily address the same questions that a lot of queer community folks have been grappling with for a while now.

I want to say right here that this book is extremely graphic. There are descriptions of the hate crimes (all of which are murders, in this case; Sprinkle makes no claims as to why he chooses to focus on that, except
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Dan De Leon
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Steve Sprinkle's candid gift, "Unfinished Lives," should be required reading in every institution of higher learning in America, and perhaps every public high school to boot. Although I identify as an ally, well-aware of the sociopolitical climate and right wing theological narrative against LGBTQ people, "Unfinished Lives" convicted me yet again and in even more profound ways to be that much more of an advocate for not only LGBTQ equality, but for the purposeful inclusion and celebration of all ...more
Fishface
A wrenching read about murder after murder after murder, some of them extraordinarily vicious. Aside from a single, really disturbing comment from an LGBT activist that one of the victims died "for nothing" because there wasn't a lot of news coverage, this book was well-thought-out and stuffed with references -- books, movies, websites, magazine articles -- for further education. Unfortunately, I could not find all of the films when I looked for them; my only other quibble with this book is the ...more
Charlie Rose
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book of stories is a tough but a necessary read if only to begin to understand hate crimes in America. Told in graphic and horrifying detail, it is not for the faint hearted by any stretch. Emphasis must be given to the term "a necessary read." Why? In our desensitized culture, hate crimes, especially of our Nation's LGBTQ population are too often sanitized and dismissed. The lives of these innocent people of all ages and gender identification will break your heart. But these are the misund ...more
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