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Author Janovy, C. J., author. 260561

Title No place like home : lessons in activism from LGBT Kansas / C.J. Janovy.

Publication Info. Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2018]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Eureka Non-Fiction  323.3264 Jan    ---  Available
 Parsons Non-Fiction  323.3 J34    ---  Available
Description viii, 297 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Gender group: gdr Women lcdgt
Nationality/regional group: nat Americans lcdgt
Occupational/field of activity group: occ Journalists lcdgt
Sexual orientation group: sxo Lesbians lcdgt
Note Kansas Notable, 2019
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-276) and index.
Contents Introduction : a strange feeling in Middle America -- Part one. The defeat : the marriage amendment years. Trouble in Topeka -- Heartbreak in Trego County -- College towns and rivalries -- Part two. The dustoff : battered activists organize. An awakening in Wichita -- Pioneers in western Kansas -- Part three. The comeback : three cities, three losses, and a year of wins. They'll take Manhattan -- Springtime in Salina -- The once and future Hutchinson -- All points bulletins -- Part four. The transformation : as gender identities evolve, so does Kansas. Kansas City royalty -- Trans Kansas -- Epilogue : forever Kansan.
Summary Far from the coastal centers of culture and politics, Kansas stands at the very center of American stereotypes about red states. In the American imagination, it is a place LGBT people leave. No Place Like Home is about why they stay. The book tells the epic story of how a few disorganized and politically naive Kansans, realizing they were unfairly under attack, rolled up their sleeves, went looking for fights, and ended up making friends in one of the country's most hostile states. The LGBT civil rights movement's history in California and in big cities such as New York and Washington, DC, has been well documented. But what is it like for LGBT activists in a place like Kansas, where they face much stiffer headwinds? How do they win hearts and minds in the shadow of the Westboro Baptist Church ("Christian" motto: "God Hates Fags")? Traveling the state in search of answers-- from city to suburb to farm-- journalist C. J. Janovy encounters LGBT activists who have fought, in ways big and small, for the acceptance and respect of their neighbors, their communities, and their government. Her book tells the story of these twenty-first-century citizen activists-- the issues that unite them, the actions they take, and the personal and larger consequences of their efforts, however successful they might be. With its close-up view of the lives and work behind LGBT activism in Kansas, No Place Like Home fills a prairie-sized gap in the narrative of civil rights in America. The book also looks forward, as an inspiring guide for progressives concerned about the future of any vilified minority in an increasingly polarized nation.
Source WtrMrk 06.2019 PARS
Subject Gay rights -- Kansas. 260562
Gays -- Political activity -- Kansas. 260563
Sexual minorities -- Political activity -- Kansas. 260564
Kansas -- Politics and government -- 21st century. 260565
Gay rights. (OCoLC)fst00939213 260566
Gays -- Political activity. (OCoLC)fst00939292 260567
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741 185220
Sexual minorities -- Political activity. (OCoLC)fst01923086 260568
Kansas. (OCoLC)fst01204323 36090
Chronological Term 2000-2099 187675
ISBN 9780700628346 paperback
0700628347 paperback
9780700625284 hardcover alkaline paper
0700625283 hardcover alkaline paper
9780700625291 electronic book
Standard No. 40027901422
AU@ 000061196508
UKMGB 018977524

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