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Author Miller, Diane Helene.

Title Freedom to differ : the shaping of the gay and lesbian struggle for civil rights / Diane Helene Miller.

Imprint New York : NYU Press, 1998.


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Contents 1. Constructions and Deconstructions: Gay Politics, Lesbian Feminism, and Civil Rights -- 2. Clinton's "Damn Lesbian": Politics and Visibility in the Achtenberg Debate -- 3. And the Ban Played On: Politics and Prejudice in the Cammermeyer Case -- 4. Conclusion: Envisioning Our Future.
Summary Many of us have grown up with the language of civil rights, yet rarely consider how the construction of civil rights claims affects those who are trying to attain them. Diane Miller examines arguments lesbians and gay men make for civil rights, revealing the ways these arguments are both progressive--in terms of helping to win court cases seeking basic human rights--and limiting--in terms of framing representations of gay men and lesbians. Miller incorporates case studies of lesbians in the military and in politics into her argument. She discusses in detail the experiences of Colonel Margareth Cammermeyer, who was dishonorably discharged from the National Guard after 27 years of service when she revealed that she was a lesbian, and Roberta Achtenberg, who was nominated by Clinton for the job of Assistant Director of Housing and Urban Development and became the first gay or lesbian to face the confirmation process. Drawing on these cases and their outcomes, Miller evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of privileging civil rights strategies in the struggle for gay and lesbian rights.
Note Print version record.
Language English.
Subject Cammermeyer, Margarethe, 1942-
Achtenberg, Roberta.
Achtenberg, Roberta. (OCoLC)fst00138117
Cammermeyer, Margarethe, 1942- (OCoLC)fst00340362
Lesbian feminism -- United States.
Women's rights -- United States -- History.
Lesbians -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.
Gay rights -- United States -- History.
Homosexuels -- Droits -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Gay Studies.
Gay rights. (OCoLC)fst00939213
Lesbian feminism. (OCoLC)fst00996482
Lesbians -- Legal status, laws, etc. (OCoLC)fst00996564
Women's rights. (OCoLC)fst01178818
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Miller, Diane Helene. Freedom to Differ : The Shaping of the Gay and Lesbian Struggle for Civil Rights. New York : NYU Press, ©1998 9780814755952
ISBN 9780814759714 (electronic bk.)
0814759718 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 9780814759714
AU@ 000055802357
GBVCP 1008656755

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