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The children of Harvey Milk - how LGBTQ politicians changed the world
Andrew Reynolds
Oxford University Press
UK Publication Date

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.

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Andrew Reynolds, Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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. Fortwenty-five years he has been an advisor on democratic design in the worlds most dangerous places. From South Africa to Somalia, Afghanistan to Libya, Burma to Ukraine, and many others.

In a labor of impressive scholarship, Reynolds ... 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 ... Highly recommended.
J. Goins, CHOICE

A unique look at how politics affect the LGBTQ community and the LGBTQ politicians that help bring about the changes needed for the community. Reynolds does an excellent job at not only looking at past politicians, but current game changes as well
The Over the Rainbow Booklist committee of the American Library Associations GLBT Round Table

In this remarkable book, Andrew Reynolds shows us the global breadth and depth of the movement for equal rights among LGBTQ people. Reynolds shows us that the movement is world-wide, producing courageous leaders in countries that we might never imagine gay people coming forth, asserting their identities, and claiming their citizenship. This is a work of extraordinary scholarship and it provides us with a bracing dose of hope at a time when democracy itself is facingworld-wide threats.
Kenneth Sherrill, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Hunter College, New York

Andrew Reynolds' stunning book shows us the struggles-and failures-of the LGBTQ political movement worldwide, from Africa to the Caribbean.
This is the story of our times: begun by Harvey Milk, and now carried on around the globe.
Gripping, sobering, and inspiring.
Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Shes Not There and Long Black Veil

Electing LGBTQ people to office is critical to moving equality forward. In The Children of Harvey Milk, Reynolds inspires and empowers as he traces the history of LGBTQ rights through the eyes of those who dreamed big, shattered barriers, and helped advance equality in the halls of parliaments and legislatures around the world.
Chad Griffin, President, Human Rights Campaign

Andrew Reynolds captures the enormous progress LGBTQ people and candidates have made since Harvey Milks run for office more than four decades ago
and demonstrates that LGBTQ political power is critical to advancing equality for our community. Few can match Reynolds exhaustively researched LGBTQ political knowledge, and The Children of Harvey Milk will certainly become a key reference on the history of our movement.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund

This is political biography at its best. By reviewing the careers (and self-reflections) of politicians who devoted themselves to advance LGBT rights from around the world, Reynolds illustrates the idea that the struggle for LGBT rights faces universal as well context-specific challenges.
Reynolds's central claim is that gay rights don't emerge by themselves.
They require the courage, astuteness, and perseverance of dedicated politicians to make them happen.
Javier Corrales, Professor of Political Science, Amherst College

A must read in an era of relativism and complacency. In The Children of Harvey Milk, Andrew Reynolds reveals the political heroes and the personal journeys who contributed and are contributing to a radical shift in public attitudes on LGBT rights in parts of the World. Reynolds sensibly paints the way LGBT leaders excel in turning their personal hardship in the precursor to beauty and triumph. More importantly, Children of Harvey Milk identifiesingredients of a recipe for a much-needed global social change starting with political participation and representation of LGBTI people.
Fabrice Houdart, Human Rights Officer at the United Nations Human Rights Office

Andrew Reynolds tells inspiring stories of peoplesome familiar, some notwho were courageous enough to say this is who I am and fight for a place at the table. They helped bring a community out of the shadows and into the light in ways both large and small.
Jim Obergefell, co-author of Love Wins and named plaintiff of the marriage equality decision Obergefell v. Hodges

Andrew Reynolds The Children of Harvey Milk is a compelling work of LGBTQ history and at the same time a clarion call for queer people to resist, to reformand to get involved in politics. The books true heart and soul are the stories of the army of LGBTQ politicians who have transformed our world in the decades since Milks' assassination. A must read for anyone interested in how social change happens.
Steven Petrow, Columnist, USA Today, and Former President, National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association

Keyword Index
Gay rights.|Gay politicians.|Sexual minority politicians - History.|Gays - Political activity.|Sexual minorities - Political activity.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
xix, 354

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