Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy, and Civil Rights (Paperback)
The two dozen essays assembled in Creating Change examine some of the most bitterly contested and controversial public events and public policy battles in American history. These writings, each by a leading activist or scholar, recount how a specific constituency—gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons, and their allies—achieved tremendous progress despite seemingly insurmountable barriers. With each of the chapters written by an activist or scholar integral to the specific area of discussion, this is a work of scholarship and a work of passion about the way the American political and cultural landscape became what it is today. It is the story of how social change is made.
About the Author
John D'Emilio is a Guggenheim fellow, professor of history at the University of North Carolina, and author of numerous books including the classic Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities.
William B. Turner is a visiting assistant professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University.
Urvashi Vaid is the Director of the Policy Institute (and former Executive Director) of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She is the author of Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation.
Praise for Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy, and Civil Rights…
"This collection of essays chronicles the history, successes, and failures of the gay agenda, from the passionate immediacy of public protest marches to the plodding maneuverings of political and public policy initiatives . . . [The book] successfully illustrates the incremental nature of change inherent in our political system, especially when viewed against the swifter social acceptance within mainstream media culture."—Library Journal
"Vaid, D'Emilio, and Turner know their material well . . . This collection of twenty-three articulate, scholarly essays [is] both necessary and commendable . . . Ideal for anyone interested in the contemporary political scene as well as gay politics."—Publishers Weekly