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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

How Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism

A new book presents ironic and surprising conclusions about mobilization, opposition, and tolerance of homosexuality in America.

How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism (Social Movements, Protest and Contention)
by Tina Fetner

From CHOICE Reviews:
Fetner shows how each ramping up of activism on one side led to a mobilization on the other.

While the lesbian and gay movement has remained miniscule compared to enormous religious Right organizations, each side has tried to match the form and tactics of the opposing organizations.

Both sides have made their case to their own followers that they are a threatened minority, while making the case to the public that the other side is a threat to cherished national values.

The two sides are not quite balanced, however. The greater size and influence of the religious Right means that it usually sets the agenda, to which lesbian and gay organizations react.

Ironically, Fetner suggests, the religious Right's great efforts opposing homosexual practice may have brought the whole question to the attention of the public, who are now more tolerant of lesbians and gays than they were a generation ago.

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