By Michael L. Brown
Forty years in the past, so much americans stated they did not be aware of someone who used to be gay and claimed to understand little or not anything approximately homosexuality. this present day, there is not often a sitcom with out a well-known homosexual personality, video clips like Milk and Brokeback Mountain have gained Oscars, or even People journal celebrated the wedding of Ellen Degeneres and Portia DeRossi. A Queer factor occurred to America chronicles the fantastic transformation of the USA during the last 40 years, and addresses the query head-on: Is there relatively a homosexual schedule, or is it a fiction of the non secular correct? Written in a full of life and compelling variety, yet sponsored with enormous examine and huge interplay with the GLBT group, this forthright and but compassionate ebook appears on the notable effect homosexual activism has had on American society. this may simply be the main debatable publication of the last decade. learn it and discover why the publishing international used to be afraid to the touch it.
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2 Or, in the words of Dr. ”3 So, two Jews, Jacoby and Schlessinger, can be called Nazis – without the slightest hint of irony – simply because they expressed their differences with the goals of homosexual activism. Yes, all you have to do is push that “hate button,” and the results are utterly predictable. ” Pushing the hate button has proven quite effective, causing levelheaded, reasonable discourse to come to a sudden halt and quickly making the person with whom you differ into a small-minded, mean-spirited bigot.
And this made me “a disgrace to the Lord” and “the sleaziest of . . ” To repeat: How the tables have turned! JUST THE WAY IT WAS SCRIPTED But this was not the first time I experienced this. In fact, it seems to happen like clockwork, just as Kirk and Madsen (and others) scripted it. At a news conference on February 15th, 2007, as well as in our halfpage ad in the Charlotte Observer announcing our lecture series at the Booth Playhouse, I explicitly stated to the media that no hate speech would be permitted at the lectures, even encouraging the airing of dissenting viewpoints in the 45 minutes that would be devoted each night to open mike Q & A.
Only then could it be disseminated to community leaders as well as the millions of gays and lesbians scattered across the world. Frankly, that does not, will not, and cannot happen. Gays and lesbian are a diverse community, composed of many voices with many ideas on how to achieve goals. We don’t all agree on any issue, be it same-sex marriage 42 A S T E A L T H A G EN D A or the usefulness of pride festivals. We’re not all of the same political ideology (yes, for some reason, there are still gay Republicans—but then again, the world is filled with oxymorons), and many of us still keep our sexuality private or hidden.
A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been by Michael L. Brown