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Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics

Irresistible Revolution is intended for a broad and general audience. The book turns an experienced and thoughtful lens onto many common controversies, rhetoric, and strategic questions that face contemporary social change movements: pursuit of broad or narrow agendas, integration of economic and racial justice, integrating sexual orientation and gender identity in human rights frameworks, the persistence of sexism, the dilemmas of bipartisanship, and the challenge of seeing beyond the short term to secure gains made for the long run. Order this book now - click on Amazon.Com on this linked page - or order from your favorite indy bookstore - click now ...Irresistible Revolution Early [...]

Fenway Women’s Dinner Party – Susan Love Award

Thank you Judy Bradford for that very generous recognition. It is an honor to receive it from both an institution and an individual whom I respect so much. We are, all of us formed by our early influences, and Boston’s LGBT movement was my schooling ground. The great American and lesbian feminist poet Adrienne Rich, who died three days ago, captured the spirit of the movement into which I came out in her 1976 masterpiece, 21 Love Poems. In Poem #13 she wrote: The rules break like a thermometer quicksilver spills across the charted systems, we’re out in a country that has no language no laws… whatever we do together is pure invention the maps they gave us were out of [...]

Sexuality & Its Discontents: The Challenge of Building a Progressive LGBT Movement

"The class divide is evident in the different between those who attend the fancy black tie dinners that raise political monies for our national organizations, and those who use the services provided by our social service agencies. You see the former represented in the media and on the L word; but you will not even see the latter referenced in a footnote to a report on poverty. The GLBT poor are invisible. So is the GLBT working class. A version of this presentation was given at Miami University Ohio in March of 2004 ©2004 Urvashi Vaid I want to speak to you tonight as an individual – as someone who spent more than 20 years working nearly full time in the GLBT movement. What I [...]