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"Even on the printed page these speeches retain their power." — The Gay & Lesbian Review
This comprehensive anthology traces the rhetoric of the gay rights movement from the late nineteenth century to the present. It chronicles the progression from its deeply clandestine beginnings to the battle for recognition, through political struggles and victories of the mid-twentieth century to its current position — at the forefront of the mainstream political debate concerning the fight for marriage equality.
The speeches include Robert G. Ingersoll's "Address at the Funeral of Walt Whitman"; Harvey Milk's "Hope Speech"; "Civil Liberties: A Progress Report" by Franklin Kameny; Harry Hay's "Unity and More in '84"; and Urvashi Vaid's "Speech at the March on Washington." Suitable for courses on contemporary politics and social issues, this edition is the only available compilation of speeches on gay rights.
This anthology traces the rhetoric of the gay rights movement from its deeply clandestine beginnings in the late 1800s through the current fight for marriage equality. Speeches include Robert G. Ingersoll's "Address at the Funeral of Walt Whitman and Harvey Milk's "Hope Speech." "Even on the printed page these speeches retain their power." — The Gay & Lesbian Review.
Tracing the movement's rhetoric from the late 1800s to the present, this anthology includes Ingersoll's "Address at the Funeral of Walt Whitman," Milk's "Hope Speech," and Kameny's "Civil Liberties: A Progress Report."
About the Author
James Daley is the editor of several Dover Thrift editions, including The World's Greatest Short Stories, Classic Crime Stories, Favorite Christmas Poems, Great Speeches by African Americans, and Great Writers on the Art of Fiction.
Table of Contents
1. Robert G. Ingersoll: Address at the Funeral of Walt Whitman” 18922. August Bebel: Address at the Reichstag” 1898 translated by John Lauritsen3. Anna Rueling: What interest does the women's movement have in solving the homosexual problem?” 1904 translated by Michael Lombardi-Nash Kurt Hiller:4. Appeal on Behalf of an Oppressed Human Variety.” 1928, translated by John Lauritsen5. Franklin Kameny: Civil Liberties: A Progress Report” 19646. Jack Nichols: Why I Joined the Movement” 19677. Sally Gearhart: The Lesbian and God-the-Father” 19728. Harvey Milk: The Hope Speech” 19789. Harry Hay: Unity and More in 84” 198410. Sue Hyde: We Gather in Dubuque” 198811. Urvashi Vaid: Speech at the March on Washington” 199112. Jim Kepner: "Why Can't We All Get Together, and What Do We Have in Common?" 199713. Eric Rofes: "The Emerging Sex Panic Targeting Gay Men" 199714. Elizabeth Toledo: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: The GLBT Movement at a Crossroads” 200015. Elizabeth Birch: 1st Convention Speech by a Gay Organization's Leader" 200016. Evan Wolfson: Marriage Equality and Lessons for the Scary Work of Winning” 200417. Paul Martin: The Civil Marriage Act” 200518. Ian Hunter: A Matter of Interest” 2009 [3pp]**