Queer wars

the new gay right and its critics

By Robinson, Paul & Press, University of New Mexico

Publishers Summary:
"From the 1969 rebellion at Stonewall to recent battles over same-sex marriage, Gay Liberation in the United States has always been closely associated with the political left. But in recent years, Gay Liberation has taken a dramatic turn toward the right. And gaycons, as they were once archly referred to in the Nation, have taken politics and the media by storm." "Queer Wars limns this new gay right, offering the first extended consideration of gay conservatism and the trenchant critics who espouse its positions. Here celebrated historian of gay culture Paul Robinson draws particular attention to three features at this new political movement. First, he explores how gay conservatives have rejected the idea that commitment to gay freedom should involve equal dedication to the causes of other marginalized people, be they racial minorities, women, or the poor. Second, Robinson demonstrates why gay conservatives embrace more traditional gender ideals - why they are hostile to effeminacy among men and mannishness among women. Finally, exploring the support for sexual restraint among gay conservatives, Robinson dissects their condemnation of promiscuity and their assault on behavior they deem dissolute."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-22672-200-9
Publisher
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2005.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on January 15, 2005

After the Reagan revolution, gay conservatives felt secure enough to push their own agenda within the Republican Party, and a movement was born. Robinson (humanities, Stanford Univ.) attempts to explore it. The scant material presented seems more like a book in search of a subject. Ignoring all of the movement's current political leaders, the author concentrates instead on four nearly forgotten authors: Bruce Bawer, Andrew Sullivan, Michelangelo Signorile, and Gabriel Rotello. Bawer's A Place at the Table...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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