Come to Rhinebeck’s Oblong Books for a special event with Linda Hirshman, author of “VICTORY: The Triumphant Gay Revolution” as she recounts the long tangled roads that led to the legalization of gay marriage in New York – and other victories as well over the history of the Gay Rights movement. More than just a history, “VICTORY” is the enthralling and groundbreaking story of how a dedicated and resourceful minority transformed the notion of American equality and forged a classic campaign for cultural change that will serve as a model for all future political movements.
Political columnist Linda Hirshman recounts the long roads that led to these victories, viewing the gay rights movement within the tradition of American freedom as the third great modern social-justice movement, alongside the civil rights movement and the women’s rights movement. Drawing on an abundance of published and archival material, and hundreds of in-depth interviews, Hirshman shows, in this astute political analysis, how the fight for gay rights has changed the American landscape for all citizens—blurring rigid gender lines, altering the shared culture, and broadening our definitions of family.
From the Communist cross-dresser Harry Hay in 1948 to New York’s visionary senator Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010, the story includes dozens of brilliant, idiosyncratic characters. Written in vivid prose, at once emotional and erudite, Victory is an utterly vibrant work of reportage and eyewitness accounts, revealing how, in a matter of decades, while facing every social adversary—church, state, and medical establishment—a focused group of activists forged a classic campaign for cultural change that will serve as a model for all future political movements.
The event will take place on Saturday, August 11th at 4m at Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572; and RSVP to the event on Facebook to share the news with your friends!