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21st century gay / John Malone.

By: Malone, John Williams.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : M. Evans, c2000Description: 198 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 087131911X.Other title: Gay.Subject(s): Gay men -- United States -- Social conditions | Lesbians -- United States -- Social conditions | Same-sex marriage -- United States | Gay rights -- United States | Gay adoption -- United States | Gay/Lesbian culture - post-stonewall America | Gay/Lesbian politics | Gay adoption | Gay/lesbian separatism | Activism versus assimiliationism | Gay marriage | Coming out | AIDS politics | Violence against gays/lesbians | Gays/lesbians and the law | Homophobia and heterosexism | Gay community building | Queer diversityDDC classification: 305.9/0664 Review: "At the start of a new century, gay and lesbian Americans find themselves at a crossroads. Since the birth of the Gay Rights Movement in the Stonewall riots of 1969, great progress has been made, yet gays remain under attack from many quarters and often divided among themselves about the correct path to take toward the future. Author John Malone looks back to see where the gay community has come from, details where it finds itself now in respect to major issues, and explores where it may be headed."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [195]-198).

"At the start of a new century, gay and lesbian Americans find themselves at a crossroads. Since the birth of the Gay Rights Movement in the Stonewall riots of 1969, great progress has been made, yet gays remain under attack from many quarters and often divided among themselves about the correct path to take toward the future. Author John Malone looks back to see where the gay community has come from, details where it finds itself now in respect to major issues, and explores where it may be headed."--BOOK JACKET.

Reflecting on the three tumultuous decades of gay and lesbian history from the outbreak of Gay Liberation in 1969 to the start of the New Millennium, Malone observes the persistence of an old ideological split originally noticeable in the tension between the revolutionaries of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and the reconciliationists of the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA). His terms for their political descendants "separatists" versus "mainstreamers" provide the binary points of reference for the political argument emerging through this extended essay on the prospects of Gay America in the twenty-first century. "Gay separatists and gay mainstreamers... differ in philosophy, tactics, and general psychology," he notes in his introductory account of the diversification of the American gay community since Stonewall (page 13), "While gay separatists are fewer in number, they often make up for that by being particularly vocal, given to polemics, and are often confrontational in their tactics. Advocates of gay mainstreaming seek, on the other hand, to downplay differences between gays and straights, using persuasion to work within the largely heterosexual political and legal structure to gain acceptance as productive citizens more like the straight majority than different from it." His political analysis of such controversial topics as gay marriage, gay adoption, and radical activism as a solution to homophobic violence is intended to magnify the voice of a middle group whom he calls the "Third Way." Third Way gays sympathize with both the separatists and the mainstreamers but seek some common ground on which to celebrate queer difference without provoking straight antagonism. "We demand respect for being different," he concludes (page 193), "but too often are intolerant of difference within our own community. If we truly expect to achieve legal and social parity with the straight world, we are going to have to begin to respect one another more, as gays and lesbians who don't live the same way as other gays and lesbians."

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