Brave Journeys: Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage
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From a top-gun pilot in the U.S. Navy to an authority on antigay violence, from a member of the Clinton administration to a leading Shakespearean actor, Brave Journeys tells the stirring stories of seven intrepid men and women who effectively challenged the status quo and thereby altered the political and societal landscape of the world we live in.
David Mixner, author of Stranger Among Friends and himself a renowned activist, political adviser, and White House insider, presents a vivid account of seven heroes of the gay rights movement who put their careers and lives on the line in their quest for equality.
Written in collaboration with Dennis Bailey, Brave Journeys is David Mixner's eloquent tribute to gay men and lesbians who have made a difference. Rich in private bravery and public risk, these profiles comprise a vivid map of the gay rights movement over the last fifty years -- and individually they testify to the power of courage to force change against profoundly overwhelming odds.
It is always easy, in the celebratory light of pride parades, to forget how recently these simple expressions of community would have incurred police violence, public protests, arrests, and the loss of jobs, homes, and families. Brave Journeys should be required reading for gay people under 40, especially those who think the pioneers of the pre-Stonewall world and the early 1970s weren't radical enough. It's both sobering and inspiring to read about figures such as Elaine Noble, the first openly gay elected official in America, whose house was repeatedly vandalized, who endured almost constant threats, and who actually had a rifle pointed at her by a schoolboy over her support of legislation ordering the integration of Boston schools. Even more instructive is the story of Dianne Hardy-Garcia, whose tireless activism in Texas--surely one of the most challenging political arenas in the country--has held religious conservatives at bay since the early 1980s, although she hasn't triumphed over the crushing antigay policies of George W. Bush. To complement the excellent new histories of the gay rights movement, here are moving and engaging accounts of popular heroes, from Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons, founders of the Daughters of Bilitis, to navy top gun Tracy Thorne, who declared his homosexuality on national television in order to force the military to confront its bigoted policies on sexual orientation. --Regina Marler
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