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Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics by Urvashi Vaid is a strategic and informed argument about the pitfalls of limited political vision, and the benefits of an agenda that encompasses, yet moves beyond, equality.
This optimistic book challenges advocates for LGBT rights in the U.S. to aspire beyond the narrow framework of equality, and outlines a more substantive politics with race, class, and gender at its foundation. Urvashi Vaid suggests that such a politics will produce greater and more meaningful change for a larger number of people.
Irresistible Revolution is intended for a broad and general audience, and turns an experienced and thoughtful lens onto many common controversies facing contemporary social change movements:
Pursuit of broad or narrow agendas
Integration of economic and racial justice
Integrating sexual orientation and gender identity in human rights frameworks
The persistence of sexism
The dilemmas of bipartisanship
The challenge of seeing beyond the short term to secure gains made for the long term
ISBN 9781936833290. Hardback.
Urvashi Vaid is one of the nation’s best-known social justice leaders and community activists. She is a graduate of Vassar College and of Northeastern University School of Law, and former staff attorney with the ACLU National Prison Project. She is a former executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Currently, Urvashi is the Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. She lives in New York City with her partner of twenty-four years, the humorist Kate Clinton.