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Homocons: The Rise of the Gay Right Paperback – November 17, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (November 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859844146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859844144
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,406,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Homocons is a brilliant and much-needed call for a revival of radical queer humanism.”—Gay Times

“The most gifted journalist in the country.”—Harper's Magazine

“Goldstein has packed a great deal of sound argument, sharp wit, and heartfelt idealism into a concise, very readable book.”—Los Angeles Times

“A brilliant—and brilliantly written—polemic against the rising tide of heartless gay conservatism and its ‘liberal’ straight allies ... a much-needed call to arms for progressives of all stripes to rally before it’s too late.”—Martin Duberman, author of Stonewall

“Whether you think you will agree with the main argument or not, you will learn from this book. Richard Goldstein writes with shrewd insight, wide sympathies, and enviable clarity. No one has a more persuasive assessment of the urgencies of the present and the legacies of the past for queer people. I wish everyone I know ... gay, straight, or whatever ... would read it.”—Michael Warner, author of The Trouble with Normal

“Besides its sheer cogency, the most notable thing about Homocons is, surprisingly, the generous patience with which it anatomizes the gay right. Far beyond the hackneyed invocation of ‘internalized homophobia,’ Goldstein embarks on an incisive navigation of the historical, racial, and psychological dynamics between queers and mainstream American political discourse.”—Eve Kosofsky, author of Epistemology of the Closet

About the Author

Richard Goldstein is an executive editor of The Village Voice and the author of several books including The Poetry of Rock, Goldstein’s Greatest Hits, and Reporting the Counterculture. He is the winner of the 2001 GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination) columnist of the year award.

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wildflowerboy on May 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Though the topic of right-wing gay assimilation is one that desperately needs to be addressed in our community, I was nevertheless disappointed with this book. As a leftist gay man, I cringe at Goldstein's assumption that the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is anymore left-wing than the equally conservative HRC, as both organizations receive huge donations from multinational corporations and pursue identical political agendas. For example, both organizations advocate for gays in the military rather than supporting the peace movement. Instead of challenging the patriarchal institutions of marriage and monogamy, both groups likewise champion gay marriage. Structurally, while both groups claim grassroots participatory pretensions, they are both organized like bureaucratic corporations with executive directors at the top alongside largely invisible, unaccountable boards of directors. Though individuals can join these organizations by paying membership fees, neither organization allows its constituencies any say in policy making. Likewise, Goldstein reinforces the misleading notion of a Democratic/Republican binary. The idea that the hawkish, neoliberal Democratic Party is anymore progressive than the hawkish, neoliberal Republican Party is absurd. Though Goldstein does acknowledge LGBT socialists, Green Party members, and other leftists a bit, sadly he does so only superficially. That said, I'm delighted that Goldstein exposes LGBT "activists" like Andrew Sullivan, Camille Paglia, and Bruce Bawer as the far right, reactionary zealots that they are and relieved that someone from the LGBT community is finally speaking out about the rise of the gay right.Read more ›
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13 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
The author starts out by labeling homocons as "heartless." He thus sets up a definition with no real standard, other than his own bias. Those who do not fit his artificial and arbitrary definition are then castigated. I happen to be gay and fairly conservative - in other words, I will not vote Democrat. I have many well thought out reasons for this. But I do not think I am heartless. If homocons are "heartless," are homolibs then "brainless"? I wouldn't have thought so, but his construction seems to beg such a rejoinder.
The purpose of this book seems to be to set off alarms and to rally others to the cause of "stopping" the gay right. If I were to set out to "stop" the gay left, or anyone else on the left, I'm sure the author would label me as a "fascist." In any case, let him and others try to "stop" me. They will be sadly disappointed.
Nevertheless, this is a good book. It provides yet another glimpse into the mindset of those who would use the concepts of "diversity" and "tolerance" as cover for intellectual oppression.
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