By Michael G. Long
Contrary to renowned notions, today’s LGBT circulate didn't start with the Stonewall riots in 1969. lengthy earlier than Stonewall, there has been Franklin Kameny (1925–2011), some of the most major figures within the homosexual rights circulate. starting in 1958, he inspired homosexual humans to include homosexuality as ethical and fit, publicly denounced the government for except homosexuals from federal employment, overtly fought the military’s ban opposed to homosexual women and men, debated psychiatrists who depicted homosexuality as a psychological affliction, pointed out try circumstances to enhance civil liberties throughout the federal courts, acted as advice to numerous homosexuals affliction state-sanctioned discrimination, and arranged marches for homosexual rights on the White residence and different public associations. In homosexual is sweet, lengthy collects Kameny’s traditionally wealthy letters, revealing the various early stirrings of today’s politically strong LGBT movement.
These letters are vigorous and colourful simply because they're in Kameny’s inimitable voice—a voice that used to be continuously loud, echoing via such areas because the Oval workplace, the Pentagon, and the British Parliament, and sometimes shrill, piercing to the federal business enterprise heads, army generals, and media personalities who acquired his numerous letters. This quantity collects nearly a hundred and fifty letters from 1958 to 1975, a severe interval in Kameny’s lifestyles within which he developed from a sufferer of the legislations to a vocal opponent of the legislation, to the voice of the legislation itself. lengthy situates those letters in context, giving ancient and biographical info in regards to the matters and occasions concerned. Gay Is Good can pay tribute to an suggest whose tireless efforts created an incredible shift in social attitudes and practices, prime the way in which towards equality for the LGBT community.
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Gay is Good: The Life and Letters of Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny by Michael G. Long