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Book Review: 'Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights 1945-1990'

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Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights 1945-1990

Current Status:
In Season
Eric Marcus
Nonfiction, Gay and Lesbian

We gave it an A

Fearing identification, a gay psychiatrist wears a wig, a mask, and voice-distorting equipment when he addresses the American Psychiatric Association in 1971. In 1975 a running back with the Green Bay Packers discloses that he’s gay-and winds up selling linoleum for a living. A dedicated Christian educator is expelled from her church in 1981 when it becomes known that she’s a lesbian. By letting us hear the testimony of nearly 50 smart, funny, and courageous gay and straight men and women, Marcus’ Making History dignifies the struggle he set out to document. Their stories are sure to set quite a few straights straight.