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"This book had me on the edge of my seat, cheering on the real-life characters and crying with them, too" - Ami, Los Angeles

Part political thriller, part meditation on social change, part love story, The Children of Harvey Milk tells the epic stories of courageous men and women around the world who came forward to make their voices heard during the struggle for equal rights.

Featuring LGBTQ icons from America to Ireland, Britain to New Zealand; Reynolds documents their successes and failures, heartwarming stories of acceptance and heartbreaking stories of ostracism, demonstrating the ways in which an individual can change the views and voting behaviors of those around them. The book also includes rare vignettes of LGBTQ leaders in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean who continue to fight for equality in spite of threats, violence, and homophobia. 

A touchstone narrative of the tumultuous journey towards LGBTQ rights, The Children of Harvey Milk is a must-read for anyone with an interest in social change.

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
 
Andrew Reynolds is a professor, writer and activist.

From London England, Andy has been a Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2001. He founded and directs the UNC LGBTQ Representation and Rights Research Initiative, the leading global think tank focused on LGBTQ politics. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, New Statesman, and widely online. His twelve non-fiction books range from African politics to the Arab Spring, elections to the future of democracy. For twenty-five years he has been an advisor on democratic design in the world’s most dangerous places. From South Africa to Somalia, Afghanistan to Libya, Burma to Ukraine, and many others.

"What has caused many people and societies to decide that homosexuality is acceptable and that gay and transgender men and women deserve rights and legal equality? In a labor of impressive scholarship, Reynolds (political science, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) demonstrates that LGBTQ individuals serving openly in the political realm have been the major instigators of this change. He makes his point in a collection of historical, exciting, and moving stories—stories with endings both tragic and happy. In the very beginning, Reynolds tells of Harvey Milk (1930–78) but also of Gilbert Baker (1951–2017), who created and sewed together the iconic rainbow flag. He includes histories of LGBTQ political advances from the South Pacific, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. The diverse geographies of his vignettes remind one that along with the solid victories in the West, countless gay and transgender people throughout the world live continuously in the face of extreme violence. This volume joins such other valuable histories of the LGBTQ rights movement as Lisa Stulberg's LGBTQ Social Movements (CH, Oct'18, 56-0893) and Lillian Faderman's The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle (CH, Feb'16, 53-2763)."

--J. Goins, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

 

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The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World by Andrew Reynolds

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