Irresistible Revolution: A Discussion of the Contemporary LGBT Movement with Urvashi Vaid

April 3, 2013

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The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for Women and Gender in the Arts is pleased to co-present this program with the Center on Halsted, Community Media Workshop, and Windy City Times newspaper. Urvashi Vaid, one of the most influential and insightful social justice leaders will discuss her new book, Irresistible Revolution Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics.

From one of the nation's best-known social justice leaders and community activists comes a strategic and informed argument about the pitfalls of limited political vision, and the benefits of an agenda that encompasses, yet moves beyond, equality. Irresistible Revolution is an optimistic book intended for a broad audience, while challenging LGBT rights advocates in the U.S. to aspire beyond the narrow framework of equality. It outlines a more substantive politics with race, class, and gender at its foundation, and suggests that such a politics will produce greater and more meaningful change for a larger number of people.
 
Urvashi Vaid is a community organizer and attorney who has been a leader in the LGBT and social justice movement for thirty years. Currently the Director of the Engaging Traditions Project at Columbia Law School's Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Vaid is a former staff attorney with the ACLU National Prison Project, and a former executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She lives in New York City with her partner of 25 years, the humorist Kate Clinton.
 

Recorded live Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Center on Halsted.