First Book Published to Explore the Intersection of Lesbian and Gay Movements and the Christian Right – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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First Book Published to Explore the Intersection of Lesbian and Gay Movements and the Christian Right

May 18, 2000 Geneva, NY – Craig Rimmerman, a political science professor at Hobart and William Smith, has collaborated in the first book ever written, containing all original essays, that examines the intersection between the lesbian and gay movements and the Christian Right. Rimmerman, of Ithaca, N.Y., co-edited The Politics of Gay Rights, which was published this month by the University of Chicago Press. Rimmerman also contributed his own essay, “Beyond Political Mainstreaming: Reflections on Lesbian and Gay Organizations and the Grassroots.” The essay is based in part on his 1992-93 appointment as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C., and interviews that he has conducted over the past seven years in Washington and New York.

The Politics of Gay Rights is co-edited with Kenneth D. Wald, director of the Center for Jewish Studies and professor of political science at the University of Florida, and Clyde Wilcox, professor of government at Georgetown University.

The book contains essays by 25 contributors who are scholars, teachers and/or activists. The collection investigates the politics of the lesbian and gay movements, beginning with its political organizations and tactics. It also addresses the strategies and ideology of conservative opposition groups, such as the Christian Right. Part III of the book focuses on key public policy issues, including lesbians and gays openly serving in the military, anti-discrimination laws, and AIDS. The book ends with chapters that discuss the ways in which the political struggle for lesbian and gay rights has played out in various arenas-in Congress, in the courts, in state and local governments, and in electoral politics.

“Rimmerman, Wald, and Wilcox do great service to activists and academics alike in bringing together contributions from several of the most prominent and thoughtful observers of sexual diversity politics in the United States. This extraordinary collection significantly extends our understanding of the activist movement championing equity…at a crucial time when sexual orientation issues are the focus of battle in a wide range of mainstream political arenas,” said David Rayside, author of On the Fringe: Gays and Lesbians in Politics.

Rimmerman joined the faculty at the Colleges in 1986. He earned the B.A. from Miami University (Ohio) and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. A nationally recognized authority on the U.S. presidency and public policy, Rimmerman has also written two other books, President by Plebiscite: The Reagan-Bush Era in Institutional Perspective (1993), and Gay Rights, Military Wrongs: Political Perspective on Lesbians and Gays in the Military (1996), and several essays.

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