The Question of Equality:
Lesbian and Gay Politics in America Since Stonewall
New York, Scribner, August 7, 1995
by David Deitcher (Editor)
Armistead Maupin (Foreword)
The Question of Equality investigates the central challenges that confront the lesbian and gay civil rights movement in the United States. Moving beyond the rhetorical bravado of gay pride, this book has the courage to discuss the movement and its history as an often anxious affiliation of outsiders whose differences cannot - indeed, should not - be ignored. The Question of Equality accompanies the public television documentary series of the same name - the first ever to deal with this subject, and scheduled to air in October 1995. But this book has been conceived from the start to exceed the scope of the series with archival and contemporary photos, works of art and poetry, comic strips, and original, chapter-length essays by four noted authors. Each lavishly illustrated essay is followed by "In Their Own Words", an oral history section that gathers the testimony of individuals whose private experience places them at the center of public conflicts.
Review (source Amazon.com)
An eclectic, serious coffee-table volume
By Steve Sanders on January 4, 2002
"A mix of politics and history, this volume comprises four essays, along with 15 shorter, first-person pieces by activists who recall key moments of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights and visibility. Published as companion piece to a documentary on the lesbian and gay movement since 1969, the book is more informal, more eclectic, and better illustrated than an academic study, but more serious and substantial than the usual coffee-table volume. The voices it highlights tend to be those associated with "gay liberation" and big-city street activism, but the richness and authenticity of those voices make this book a valuable chronicle."