"Bringing Lesbian and Gay Rights Into the Mainstream" is the spirited and provocative memoir that blows the lid off the complex machinations of state and national politics. LGBT activist Steve Endean's autobiographical chronicle tells insider ...
stories that are sometimes rousing, other times infuriating, recounting the fight for lesbian and gay rights, from the trenches of the Minnesota state capital to the Washington Beltway. Readers get a clear view of the political activism of building grassroots support systems, fundraising efforts, lobbying to rally support for bills, and the election/re-election of sympathetic political representatives. "Bringing Lesbian and Gay Rights Into the Mainstream" dynamically recounts Endean's activism and instrumental leadership of the LGBT movement, from 1973 to just before his death in 1993. From being the first Executive Director of the Gay Rights National Lobby, founder and Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign Fund, and founder of the Speak Out mailgram campaigns for grassroots pressure on congresspersons on G/L rights issues, the author discusses with amusing anecdotes and self-effacing humour his strategies, victories, and failures as movement leader. This lively mix of the accomplishments in those crucial years and the "dos and don'ts" of political activism is peopled with well-known and lesser-known movers and shakers on the political landscape. "Bringing Lesbian and Gay Rights Into the Mainstream" is stimulating, eye-opening reading for educators, students, activists in search of guidance in the political process, anyone interested in LGBT history and political history, and anyone who knew the late Steve Endean.