Has the Gay Movement Failed?
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—Masha Gessen, The New Yorker
The past fifty years have seen significant shifts in attitudes toward LGBTQ people and wider acceptance of them in the United States and the West. Yet the extent of this progress, argues Martin Duberman, has been more broad and conservative than deep and transformative. One of the most renowned historians of the American left and the LGBTQ movement, as well as a pioneering social-justice activist, Duberman reviews the half century since Stonewall with an immediacy and rigor that informs and energizes. He revisits the early gay movement and its progressive vision for society and puts the left on notice as failing time and again to embrace the queer potential for social transformation. Acknowledging the elimination of some of the most discriminatory policies that plagued earlier generations, he takes note of the cost—the sidelining of radical goals on the way to achieving more normative inclusion. Illuminating the fault lines both within and beyond the movements of the past and today, this critical book is also hopeful: Duberman urges us to learn from this history to fight for a truly inclusive and expansive society.
Praise For Has the Gay Movement Failed?…
— New Yorker
"Readers concerned with contemporary social issues will devour this call to action. Highly recommended." STARRED REVIEW
— Library Journal
"Always lucid and insightful, this is a major work that enriches LGBTQ literature and belongs in every library." STARRED REVIEW
“A fascinating read.”
— Gay City News
"Right now is the time to give Duberman's book a close read, and listen to this 87-year-old, gay-married guy."
— Bay Area Reporter
"Has the Gay Movement Failed? is a historic reckoning of the last half century of the gay movement and a critique of a politic of normativity that has sidelined more radical and transformative goals. . . . An engaging account of the last half century of the gay movement that, because of its energizing discussion of tensions between focus on normalcy or emphasis on radical transformation, would be a timely and invaluable addition to the classroom."
— Teaching Sociology
“Makes the provocative but compelling case that the fight for same-sex marriage marked a costly detour away from the radical politics at the root of the LGBT rights movement.”
— Daily Beast
"A relevant, fiery, and dizzying treatise certain to provoke debate and discussion."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Duberman's book is an urgent and much-needed clarion call for the 'gay movement' to reinvent itself for the 21st century. He covers enormous ground for a relatively short and broadly accessible book. "
"A useful reference point that maps the history of the movement before building an argument for broadening the focus of LGBTQ politics."
— Times Higher Education
“Thought-provoking read about questions that have occupied gay movements since Stonewall. . . . An engaging account of the last half century of the gay movement that, because of its energizing discussion of tensions between focus on normalcy or emphasis on radical transformation, would be a timely and invaluable addition to the classroom.”
— Teaching Sociology
University of California Press, 9780520351349, 272pp.
Publication Date: April 28, 2020