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Come Out Fighting: A Century of Essential Writing on Gay & Lesbian Liberation

Chris Bull

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Gays and lesbians have spent much of the last 100 years as outcasts and pariahs in their own families, communities, and nation. In Come Out Fighting, Chris Bull -- Washington correspondent for The Advocate magazine -- has assembled a collection of the most important and influential writing, taken from both the gay and straight press, which forms the basis of the political movement which has reached its zenith only recently. Come Out Fighting contains essential writing on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues from U.S. independent and alternative progressive journals. From Walt Whitman and Sigmund Freud, to Michael Foucault and Elizabeth Birch, this volume is a collection of the best and brightest authors on gay life, politics and culture, from the earliest days of the liberation movement. The essays provocatively illuminate the remaining obstacles to full gay and lesbian equality, and point the way toward a future where there will truly be liberty and justice for all, regardless of sexual orientation.

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One can correctly assume from the presence of Susan Sontag, Huey Newton, Michel Foucault, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Michael Bronski in its pages that this is a leftist anthology. But then gay liberation, as opposed to the gay rights movement, is self-consciously leftist. Therefore, Bruce Bawer, Andrew Sullivan, and other moderate and independent gay commentators are conspicuously absent here. Still, the sublimely independent Gore Vidal is a two-time contributor and introduces the book, endearing himself to leftists by reviling monotheism ("profoundly totalitarian") and the Greatest Generation ("manipulated pawns"), of which he is a World War II-veteran member (presumably unmanipulable). That said, it must be added that the book lives up to its billing: these are the touchstone writings of gay liberation, from Havelock Ellis on sexual inversion and Kinsey and colleagues on homosexual play to Carl Wittman's "Gay Manifesto" and Merle Miller's "On Being Different" to Harvey Milk's "Hope Speech" to the majority opinion in Romer v. Evans by Supreme Court justice Kennedy (almost the only nonleftie contributor). The bible of gay lib! Ray Olson
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