Out For Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America

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This is the definitive account of the last great struggle for equal rights in the twentieth century. From the birth of the modern gay rights movement in 1969, at the Stonewall riots in New York, through 1988, when the gay rights movement was eclipsed by the more urgent demands of AIDS activists, this is the remarkable and until now untold story of how a largely invisible population of men and women banded together to create their place in America’s culture and government. Told through the voices of gay activists and their opponents, filled with dozens of colorful characters, Out for Good traces the emergence of gay rights movements in cities across the country and their transformation into a national force that changed the face of America forever.

Out for Good is the unforgettable chronicle of an important—and nearly lost—chapter in American history.

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Writing about events within living memory is one of the hardest tasks for a historian--there is too much information, too many perspectives. The authors of Out for Good, both writers for the New York Times, not only drew on extensive archival records but conducted nearly 700 interviews with the founders and opponents of the early gay rights movement. That they have been able to shape this unruly material into a convincing narrative is impressive enough--yet they have also managed to write one of the most dramatic and beautifully structured histories in recent years.

Starting with the almost accidental Stonewall riots in 1969 and shifting between key cities and events, they track what they describe as "the last great struggle for equal rights in American history." For homophile activists of the 1950s and early 1960s, that struggle had been about being left alone by police and politicians, but for those gathering to protest Stonewall, it was about "defining themselves to society as gay men and lesbians." While there are many memoirs and smaller studies of the era, no other book so graciously spans the 30-year period covered here. --Regina Marler

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Dudley Clendinen (1944–2012) wrote for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other publications. He was the editor of a book of essays, The Prevailing South; author of A Place Called Canterbury; and author of the text of a book of photographs, Homeless in America.

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