LGBTQ Social Movements: A Selected Bibliography

June 20th, 2018

In recent years, there has been substantial progress on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights in the United States. We are now, though, in a time of incredible political uncertainty for queer people. LGBTQ Social Movements provides an accessible introduction to mainstream LGBTQ movements in the US, illustrating the many forms that LGBTQ activism has taken since the mid-twentieth century.

Covering a range of topics, including the Stonewall uprising and gay liberation, AIDS politics, queer activism, marriage equality fights, youth action, and bisexual and transgender justice, Lisa M. Stulberg explores how marginalized people and communities have used a wide range of political and cultural tools to demand and create change. The five key themes that guide the book are assimilationism and liberationism as complex strategies for equality, the limits and possibilities of legal change, the role of art and popular culture in social change, the interconnectedness of social movements, and the role of privilege in movement organizing.

This book is an important tool for understanding current LGBTQ politics and will be essential reading for students and scholars of sexuality, LGBTQ studies, and social movements, as well as anyone new to thinking about these issues. Lisa will discuss LGBTQ Social Movements on Wednesday, 6/27, 6pm at 57th Street Books.

Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde - A beautiful and poetic call to action.

Gay New York, by George Chauncey - A really important reminder that vibrant LGBTQ cultures and communities existed and thrived before Stonewall.

Coming Out Under Fire, by Allan Berube - A wonderful historical exploration of the central role of World War II in gay and lesbian identity- and community-building and the nascent political movement that would follow in the decades ahead.

And The Band Played On, Randy Shilts - A classic, heartbreaking, insider investigation of the early years of the AIDS crisis and the ways that most major American institutions failed to respond and to protect.

Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial, by Kenji Yoshino - Of the many books on the politics and jurisprudence of marriage equality, this law professor's take is a stand-out, both for the clarity and beauty of the writing and the analysis.

Transgender History, by Susan Stryker - A very informative, short but expansive overview of transgender history and politics.

Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret, by Leila J. Rupp and Verta Taylor - One of my favorite examinations of the power and possibility of culture and art for social change.

There Goes the Gayborhood, by Amin Ghaziani - Another wonderful sociological exploration of the connection between culture, politics, and identity within the context of current, shifting U.S. spaces and economies.

Freaks Talk Back, by Joshua Gamson - Another of my favorite explorations of the role of popular culture in defining, delimiting, and challenging gender and sexual norms.

How The Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism, by Tina Fetner - An excellent - and currently quite timely , again - look at the way that movements on the political Left and political Right inform and shape each other.

About Lisa Stulberg: Lisa M. Stulberg is associate professor, sociology of education, at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her research focuses on the politics of race and education, affirmative action in higher education, school choice policy and politics, and LGBTQ social change. She is the author of Race, Schools, and Hope: African Americans and School Choice after Brown (Teachers College Press, 2008) and the co-editor (with Eric Rofes) of The Emancipatory Promise of Charter Schools: Toward a Progressive Politics of School Choice (SUNY Press, 2004). She is the co-editor (with Sharon Lawner Weinberg) of Diversity in American Higher Education: Toward a More Comprehensive Approach (Routledge, 2011). She received an A.B. from Harvard College, a Masters in Social Science in Cultural Studies from the University of Birmingham (U.K.), and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. She grew up in Hyde Park and is a Lab School graduate

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