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By Timothy Stewart-Winter

In postwar the USA, the trail to political energy for gays and lesbians led via urban corridor. by way of the overdue Eighties, politicians and elected officers, who had initially sought political virtue from raiding homosexual bars and carting their buyers off to prison, have been pursuing gays and lesbians aggressively as a vote casting bloc—not least via campaigning in those self same bars. Gays had received energy and effect. they'd clout.

Tracing the homosexual movement's trajectory because the Nineteen Fifties from the closet to the corridors of strength, Queer Clout is the 1st publication to weave jointly activism and electoral politics, transferring the tale from the coastal homosexual meccas to the nation's nice inland city. Timothy Stewart-Winter demanding situations the conventional department among the homophile and homosexual liberation pursuits, and stresses homosexual people's and African american citizens' shared specialize in police harassment. He highlights the the most important position of black civil rights activists and political leaders in supplying white gays and lesbians not just a version for protest but additionally a gap to affix an rising liberal coalition in urban corridor. The e-book attracts on various oral histories and archival documents spanning part a century, together with these of undercover vice and police purple squad investigators, formerly unexamined interviews through midcentury social scientists learning homosexual lifestyles, and newly on hand papers of activists, politicians, and town agencies.

As the 1st heritage of homosexual politics within the post-Stonewall period grounded in archival examine, Queer Clout sheds new gentle at the politics of race, faith, and the AIDS concern, and it exhibits how big-city politics cleared the path for the homosexual movement's exceptional successes below the nation's first African American president.

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