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Speaking for our lives : historic speeches and rhetoric for gay and lesbian rights, 1892-2000
Author:
Ridinger, Robert B. Marks, 1951-
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New York ; London : Harrington Park, 2003.
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xxvii, 905 pages ; 22cm
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English
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9781560231745

9781560231752
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Read the words they risked everything for!

This landmark volume collects more than a hundred years of the most important public rhetoric on gay and lesbian subjects. In the days when homosexuality was mentioned only in whispers, a few brave souls stood up to speak for the rights of sexual minorities. In Speaking for Our Lives: Historic Speeches and Rhetoric for Gay and Lesbian Rights (1892-2000), their stirring words have finally been gathered together, along with the political manifestoes, broadsheets, and performance pieces of the gay and lesbian liberation movement.

Speaking for Our Lives comprises speeches and manifestoes prompted by events ranging from demonstrations to funerals. Scholars and researchers will appreciate the brief commentary introducing each piece, which discusses the author, the occasion, and the political and social contexts in which it first appeared.

You'll find the words of a broad variety of individuals and groups, including: the Victorian humanist and crusader Robert Ingersoll key groups such as the Mattachine Society, Homosexual Law Reform Society, Gay Activists Alliance, and International Gay Association activists and educators Robin Morgan, Joseph Bean, and Dr. Franklin Kameny, artists and journalists of the movement, such as John Eric Larsen, Joan Nestle, Barbara Grier, and Jim Kepner elected officials, including Bella Abzug, Ed Koch, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Gerry Studds, Tammy Baldwin, and Bill Clinton Many of these documents have long been out of print. Speaking for Our Lives makes these noteworthy texts readily available to the broader public they deserve. This book preserves an essential part of twentieth-century history.


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Choice Review

Despite the numerous reference works in the past decade on gay and lesbian studies, little attention has been devoted to gathering and disseminating nonliterary primary sources. Ridinger, author of numerous works on gay studies, has collected approximately 200 speeches, letters, manifestos, testimonies, proclamations, and other works primarily from the US rhetorical tradition on gay and lesbian issues, including civil rights, AIDS, and politics. Although the sources date from 1892 to 2000, only 25 appeared before 1970, and only three before 1952. Most of the major names from gay and lesbian history are here--Harry Hays, the Gay Activists Alliance, Barbara Gittings--with the notable exception of Larry Kramer. Most entries are brief (one to three pages) and are arranged chronologically, with a good name/topic index for support. However, considering the obscurity of most of these works, the collection is valuable as a means of rescuing and illuminating a segment of US history. Researchers and students will appreciate the scope of Ridinger's collection; it is an excellent companion to Gay and Lesbian Rights in the United States: a Documentary History, ed. by Walter L. Williams and Yolanda Retter (2003). ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Academic and public libraries. A. J. Adam Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University


Table of Contents

Robert G. IngersollAnna RuelingKurt HillerDonald Webster CoryKen BurnsDel MartinAlbert EllisHal CallAntony GreyHal CallFranklin KamenyA. Cecil WilliamsRoland KeithRobert SloaneWilliam BeardemphlShirley WillerJack NicholsHarry HayArthur BellFrieda SmithSally GearhartJearld MoldenhauerJim FosterMadeline DavisRichard HongistoDonald LundeJudy QuinlanBruce VoellerJack NicholsRobin MorganRonald GoldMorty ManfordValerie TaylorBella S. AbzugW. Norman PittengerBarbara GrierTommi AvicolliEd KochDavid ThorstadGinny VidaNewton DeiterBarbara GrierBarbara GittingsHenry WaxmanJoyce KaufmanWages Due LesbiansAlan CranstonDavid McDonaldKate GyllensvirdKay WhitlockCharles BrydonSusan RosenWayne FridayHenry WaxmanRobert StraussTimothy DrakeJoyce LevineJ. F. GuthrieBill KrausVirginia ApuzzoRosalie NicholsMel BoozerLucia ValeskaVirginia ApuzzoJay DeaconJack NicholsJoan NestleBob NelsonBarbara GittingsLarry UhrigLarry GoldsmithVirginia ApuzzoRobert GurdianDiane WarnockMichelle ParkersonBarbara GittingsBill GreenMike RiegleJames CredleGary HirshbergSteve EndeanDavid RobertiMerle WooSusan RitterJoan NestleHarry HayAubrey WertheimVic BasileJoseph BeamLouise RiceHenry C. ChinnDon Babets and David JeanAngela BowenGil GeraldDavid SummersDavid ScondrasDarrell Yates RistCleve JonesRosemary Dunn DaltonRichard HennighJeff LeviCindy RizzoRichard C. FaillaGil GeraldChuck HarbaughLorry SorgmanWayne SteinmanWill HutchinsonEarl BrickerBarbara RobertsTony CoelhoDavid FairSimon NkoliHarold WashingtonBarbara SmithJohn MadduxCatherine LohrSue HydeJohn D'EmilioCathy WoolardRobin TylerTed WeissCleve JonesHarry BrittJohn Eric LarsenJim ThomasBarbara GittingsBarbara GittingsTim McFeeleyUrvashi VaidTed WeissBarbara GittingsOlav SaboNancy PelosiEleanor Holmes NortonGerry StuddsPaul SimonWilliam Jefferson ClintonEric RofesUrvashi VaidTim McFeeleyJerrold NadlerBarbara GittingsMargaret CerulloMajor R. OwensNancy PelosiHannele LehtikuusiClaudia RothGerry StuddsGerry StuddsDouglas SandersBarbara GittingsThomas M. FogliettaEleanor Holmes NortonSuzanne B. GoldbergRichard RosendallJim KolbeJim KepnerBarbara GittingsBarney FrankEric RofesEliot L. EngelTroy PerryFranklin E. KamenyBarbara GittingsBarbara GittingsEric RofesTroy PerryJerrold NadlerCarolyn B. MaloneyCarolyn B. MaloneyBarbara GittingsEric RofesBrian GreigMalcolm LazinMark UdallNancy PelosiTom LantosJoseph BeanTom LantosElizabeth ToledoTammy BaldwinTroy PerryEleanor Holmes NortonKen SouthEric RofesBarbara GittingsJoseph BeanDennis J. Kucinich
Acknowledgmentsp. xxvii
Introductionp. 1
Section I Pre-1950
March 30, 1892. Address at the Funeral of Walt Whitmanp. 7
October 8, 1904. What Interest Does the Women's Movement Have in Solving the Homosexual Problem?p. 10
1928. Appeal ... on Behalf of an Oppressed Human Varietyp. 22
Section II The 1950s
September 1952. Address to the International Committee for Sexual Equalityp. 31
January/February 1955. An Open Letter to Senator Dirksenp. 41
May 15, 1955. Resolutionp. 44
Summer 1956. The Homosexual Faces a Challengep. 45
October 1956. President's Messagep. 52
January 26, 1957. How Homosexuals Can Combat Anti-Homosexualismp. 54
November 1958. Progress Reportp. 58
Section III The 1960s
August 25, 1962. A Decade of Progress in the Homophile Movementp. 65
March 1963. Towards a Sexually Sane Societyp. 75
1964. Open Letter to the Florida Legislature's "Johns Committee"p. 84
July 22, 1964. Civil Liberties: A Progress Reportp. 89
August 7, 1964. Resolution of the National Capital Area Civil Liberties Union on Federal Employment of Homosexualsp. 106
November 16, 1964. On Getting and Using Powerp. 110
December 1964. SIR's Statement of Policyp. 115
July 1965. What's in It for Me?p. 117
July 1965. Introductory Addressp. 119
February 19-20, 1966. Homophile Organizations Adopt Statementp. 122
August 20, 1966. A Challenge to San Franciscop. 124
November 1966. What Concrete Steps Can Be Taken to Further the Homophile Movement?p. 126
April 21-23, 1967. Homophile Movement Policy Statementp. 129
May 1967. Why I Joined the Homophile Movementp. 130
August 1967. Washington Statementp. 133
Section IV The 1970s
February 14-15, 1970. Western Homophile Conference Keynote Addressp. 137
January 27, 1971. An Open Letter to Gay Activists Alliancep. 145
1971. Preamble to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Gay Activists Alliance, Inc.p. 148
1971. The GAA Alternativep. 150
June 25, 1971. Frieda Smith Tells It Like It Isp. 160
August 28, 1971. We Demandp. 163
February 1972. The Lesbian and God-the-Fatherp. 168
February 13, 1972. Wafflep. 174
August 1972. Democrats, Nation, Hear Gay Delegatesp. 176
August 1972. Address to the Democratic National Conventionp. 179
August 1972. Speech to the American Bar Associationp. 181
August 1972. Speech to the Resolutions Committee of the American Bar Associationp. 184
1973. The Potential of Our Visionp. 187
January 8, 1973. Viewpointp. 190
March 16, 1973. Walt Whitman: Poet of Comrades and Lovep. 192
April 14, 1973. Lesbianism and Feminism: Synonyms or Contradictions?p. 198
May 9, 1973. Stop It, You're Making Me Sickp. 212
January 18, 1974. Remarks for Integrity/Houstonp. 225
May 4, 1974. Joint Statementp. 227
Summer 1974. Sexual Liberation Through Revolution, not Reform!p. 229
September 13, 1974. For My Granddaughters ...p. 233
March 25, 1975. Seeks Equal Protectionp. 241
August 10, 1975. British Theologian Speaks to Gaysp. 243
September 19, 1975. The Possibilities Are Staggeringp. 247
January 10, 1976. The Gay Pagan's Manifestop. 253
March 30, 1976. Privacy and Sexualityp. 257
July 11, 1976. Speech at NYSCGO Demonstrationp. 259
August 17, 1976. Statement on Sex and Violence on Televisionp. 261
August 17, 1976. Gay People on Televisionp. 266
August 29, 1976. How Do You Define "Lesbianism"?p. 271
March 1977. Neither Profit Nor Salvationp. 274
June 8, 1977. Prayer Breakfastp. 281
June 9, 1977. Tribute to Troy D. Perryp. 282
August 1977. A Lesbian Mother on the Abortion Issuep. 284
August 24, 1977. Resolution on Anita Bryantp. 286
January 1978. An Open Letter to Anita Bryantp. 287
April 30, 1978. Gay Rights Can Be Achievedp. 289
May 12, 1978. A Union Leader Speaks for Gay Rightsp. 295
June 17, 1978. Speech at Boston Lesbian and Gay Pride Rallyp. 298
June 25, 1978. Speech at Gay and Lesbian Pride Rally, New York Cityp. 302
July 1978. Lesbian Schoolworkers Stand Against Briggsp. 304
September 19, 1978. A House Dividedp. 307
1979. Letter to the Popep. 309
March 16, 1979. Farewellp. 311
June 20, 1979. Community and Power: Building Gay Services for the Next Ten Yearsp. 314
November 27, 1979. Speech at Harvey Milk's Memorialp. 318
Section V The 1980s
February 11, 1980. A Petition from the Netherlands Parliamentp. 323
March 3, 1980. Carter Response to NGTF Surveyp. 326
May 23, 1980. Presentation to the Temporary Committee on Resolutionsp. 329
May 24, 1980. Building the Lavender Leftp. 332
May 30, 1980. 25 Ways to Shaft the Gay Movementp. 335
June 1980. Speech to the Democratic Party Platform Committeep. 338
June 1980. Speech to the Democratic Party Platform Committeep. 340
June 22, 1980. The Cock of Baselp. 342
August 14, 1980. Speech to the Democratic National Conventionp. 346
October 4, 1980. NOW Speechp. 350
December 4, 1980. Address to the Kennedy Institute for Politics, Harvard Universityp. 358
June 26, 1981. Speech at Daley Plazap. 366
September 5, 1981. The Gay Tradition: Strategies for the Decades Aheadp. 369
April 24, 1982. The Fem Question, or We Will Not Go Awayp. 376
August 21, 1982. Harnessing Our Angerp. 380
October 13, 1982. Speech at the Human Rights Campaign Fund Banquetp. 385
November 27, 1982. Statementp. 387
March 26, 1983. Who Belongs in the Gay Movement, Who Decides?p. 389
April 22, 1983. An Open Letter to Archbishop James Hickeyp. 392
May 5, 1983. The Boston Project Studies Queerbashingp. 394
May 15, 1983. Testifying on AIDS Before Congressp. 400
June 26, 1983. The Eyes of the Worldp. 403
June 26, 1983. Militarism, Feminism, and Homophobiap. 405
October 9, 1983. Jericho: A Call for Activism in the Black Gay Communityp. 407
October 22, 1983. Speech at the Philadelphia Gay Walk-A-Thonp. 411
November 19, 1983. Gays, Politicking, and Republicansp. 413
November 19, 1983. Sexual Politics of "Crime": Inside and Outp. 417
November 28, 1983. Police Brutality: The Continual Erosion of Our Most Basic Rightsp. 423
December 9, 1983. Being Who We Arep. 428
December 17, 1983. United We Standp. 431
February 16, 1984. In Support of Gay Rightsp. 433
May 1984. Victory Speechp. 436
May 12, 1984. The Limitations of the Legal Fightp. 439
May 30, 1984. Lesbians Oppose the Klanp. 441
June 24, 1984. Passion Is Our Politicsp. 444
June 30, 1984. Unity and More in '84p. 446
November 14, 1984. Why Aren't More Gay Men Feminists?p. 451
1985. An Open Letter to the Gay Communityp. 455
1985. Black Men Loving Black Men: The Revolutionary Act of the Eightiesp. 458
May 23, 1985. We Are Everywhere, and We Have Childrenp. 461
June 11, 1985. Building Alliances for a Stronger Communityp. 463
June 15, 1985. No Regretsp. 466
June 15, 1985. The Need to Refight Stonewallp. 468
June 15, 1985. Fifteen Years of Pridep. 472
June 15, 1985. Speaking for Our Livesp. 475
1985. Remarks to the Democratic National Committeep. 480
September 15, 1985. Text of the Harvey Milk Memorial Plaquep. 482
November 14, 1985. No More Lies!p. 484
November 27, 1985. San Francisco City Hall Speechp. 490
1985. A Challenge to Gay and Lesbian Leadershipp. 493
1986. Remarks by 1985 Mr. Leather to the Courtsp. 499
April 29, 1986. Address to the Dorian Groupp. 501
May 3, 1986. Lesbians and Children: The Community We Createp. 508
May 12, 1986. Answering the Callp. 510
May 31, 1986. Speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Women's Conference on AIDSp. 515
1986. Speech for Gay and Lesbian Pride Day 1986p. 519
July 18, 1986. An Open Letter to the Chicago City Council, Mayor Harold Washington, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Gay and Lesbian Communities, and the People of Chicagop. 522
1986. The Injury of Living Unawarelyp. 525
November 11, 1986. Remembering David Summersp. 527
1986. A Seat at the Banquet: Remarks to the Conference on International Human Rightsp. 532
January 8, 1987. Goodbye to Wisconsin Governor Anthony Earlp. 535
1987. Greater Seattle Business Association Addressp. 538
March 27, 1987. National AIDS Network Conference Speechp. 544
Summer 1987. We the People, We the 25 Millionp. 551
August 1987. A Letter from South Africap. 555
October 2, 1987. Chicago March on Washington Day Proclamationp. 560
October 11, 1987. Our Demandsp. 562
October 11, 1987. From the Stagep. 566
November 7, 1987. Being Open Is Bestp. 570
April 14, 1988. The Hour of the Rooster, the Hour of the Owlp. 575
April 30, 1988. We Gather in Dubuquep. 579
June 1988. You Can't Build a Movement on Anger: Feeling our Way Toward Failure, Thinking Our Way Toward Successp. 582
January 1989. Time Is Not Right to March on Washingtonp. 585
June 8, 1989. A Love Letter to the Movementp. 587
June 14, 1989. The 20th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellionp. 590
October 6-8, 1989. It Is We Who Are Kindp. 592
Autumn 1989. Concession Speechp. 594
Section VI The 1990s
1990. Song to My Masterp. 599
January 9, 1990. Into the Light or into the Darkness?p. 601
June 1990. I Hate Straightsp. 603
June 2, 1990. Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade Speechp. 606
June 15, 1990. Toasting Troy Perryp. 608
July 13, 1990. Chicago Speechp. 611
April 27, 1991. The National Lesbian Agendap. 614
June 25, 1991. Gay Pride Monthp. 620
August 19, 1991. Memorial to A. Damien Martinp. 621
November 4, 1991. Tribute to Steve Endeanp. 623
November 22, 1991. In Honor of Roman Kalininp. 625
May 28, 1992. African-American Community Celebrates Black Gay Pride Dayp. 627
April 21, 1993. Remembering Gay Victims of the Holocaustp. 629
April 22, 1993. Report of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on Anti-Gay Violencep. 632
April 1993. Letter to the March on Washingtonp. 634
April 25, 1993. Unashamed, We Embrace the Traditions of the Broad Civil Rights Movement in Americap. 636
April 25, 1993. Speech at the March on Washingtonp. 639
September 18, 1993. Dallas/Fort Worth Speechp. 642
November 16, 1993. Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rightsp. 646
February 11, 1994. Abraham Lincoln Award Acceptance Speechp. 648
April 11, 1994. A Moment of Great Crisis, Great Potential, and Great Dangerp. 650
June 30, 1994. Gay Rightsp. 659
August 19, 1994. Asian-American and Lesbian/Gay Communitiesp. 661
December 28, 1994. Welcoming Speech at the ILGA Opening Plenaryp. 663
March 1, 1995. Prix EGALITE 1995 Speechp. 665
April 3, 1995. A Victory for Common Sensep. 668
October 19, 1995. Honoring an American Herop. 671
November 16-19, 1995. The City, the Country, the World: Not What They Used to Bep. 673
1996. Introduction to the Film Stonewallp. 681
February 27, 1996. Philadelphia Gay News Celebrates Twenty Years of Servicep. 683
April 16, 1996. Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance 25th Anniversaryp. 684
May 20, 1996. On Striking Down Colorado's Amendment 2p. 685
October 11, 1996. Remarks at Walk Without Fear '96p. 687
March 7, 1997. Log Cabin Republican Addressp. 690
April 1997. Why Can't We All Get Together, and What Do We Have in Common?p. 700
June 29, 1997. Press Conference Remarks at New York Gay Pride Marchp. 721
July 8, 1997. Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebration 1997p. 722
November 16, 1997. The Emerging Sex Panic Targeting Gay Menp. 724
January 28, 1998. Congregation Beth Simchat Torahp. 729
March 5, 1998. Why a Millennium March on Washington?p. 730
May 22, 1998. A Celebration of Jim Kepner's Lifep. 733
May 22, 1998. Remembering Jim Kepnerp. 735
October 23, 1998. Introduction to the Documentary Out of the Pastp. 737
November 13, 1998. Building a Movement for Sexual Freedom During a Moment of Sexual Panicp. 739
February 5, 1999. Why We Are Going to the Millennium March on Washington for Equalityp. 752
May 6, 1999. First Annual GBLT Memorial Dayp. 755
June 7, 1999. The Spirit of Stonewallp. 756
June 17, 1999. Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club 25th Anniversaryp. 758
June 19, 1999. Jacksonville, Florida, Gay Pride Rally Speechp. 760
July 29, 1999. A Gay Men's Health Movement Is Bornp. 764
September 1, 1999. Australia's First Openly Gay Senator Speaksp. 773
October 14, 1999. 20th Anniversary of the First National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rightsp. 780
October 14, 1999. Celebrating the Memory of Matthew Shepardp. 782
October 18, 1999. The Tragic Death of Matthew Shepardp. 783
November 16, 1999. Recognizing Amnesty International-USA for Its Leadership in Promoting LGBT Human Rightsp. 785
Section VII 2000
February 20, 2000. Speech at the Dedication of the Leather Archives and Museump. 789
March 8, 2000. Human Rights Violations Based on Sexual Orientationp. 792
March 9, 2000. An Open Letter to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communityp. 798
April 25, 2000. The GLBT Movement at a Crossroadsp. 801
April 30, 2000. Keep the Flame Alive for Rightsp. 804
April 30, 2000. Remarks at the Millennium March for Equalityp. 807
May 2, 2000. Honoring Dr. Franklin Kameny and the GLAAp. 811
July 5, 2000. Boy Scouts of America Rallyp. 813
July 19, 2000. What Is a Healthy Gay Man?p. 816
September 16, 2000. Accepting the SPARC Lifetime Achievement Awardp. 824
September 30, 2000. The Future of Leatherp. 830
October 10, 2000. The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Lesbian/Gay Community Service Center of Clevelandp. 838
Copyright Acknowledgmentsp. 841
Indexp. 847