Publisher description for The gay rights movement / editor, Vincent J. Samar ; introduction by Andrew Sullivan.

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This unique reference book compiles over 500 news stories, editorials, essays, and reviews taken from The New York Times that chronicle the legal, political, social, cultural, and personal evolution of gay rights throughout the 20th century.

Among the century's many civil rights developments, the gay rights movement is unique in its origins, its goals, and its impact. For years gays and lesbians were not even recognized as a distinct group, so that when they finally became galvanized following the Stonewall riot their struggle became a quest for individual and collective identity as much as one for civil rights. Including over 100 illustrations, this book reveals much about the journey of homosexuals from isolated, criminalized pariahs to members of a distinct and outspoken community.

* Thematic organization outlines the development of key ideas, movements and events
* Articles are arranged chronologically within each thematic section
* Subject indexes let readers quickly pinpoint specific topics
* Byline indexes allow readers to look up the works of individual authors
* Coverage provides a balance of news stories, essays, and editorials
* Articles have been re-typeset for ease of reading

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Gay rights -- United States -- History.
Gay liberation movement -- United States -- History.
Gay men -- United States -- History.
Lesbians -- United States -- History.