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From Wrongs to Gay Rights: Cruelty and change for LGBT people in an uncertain world Paperback – February 21, 2013
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Colin Stewart, a 40-year journalism veteran, is publisher of the "Erasing 76 Crimes" blog (http://76crimes.com) about the human toll of 76-plus countries’ anti-gay laws and the struggle to repeal them.
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this is an excellent book that stand up for the rights of all people.. the compassion and love he has for his fellow man is so evident in this book ... it is a joy to read.
I am a fairly aware person, but I admit that this book was extremely eye opening. It might just be because so many stories are collected together in one book, so it is a little bit of overload of terrible situations. But no matter the reason, it is a *lot* to take in and it definitely has given me a completely new outlook on LGBT issues worldwide (specifically, in Africa). This also made me judge myself and my own biases in uncomfortable ways. Which is good, but not necessarily pleasant.
This is essentially a collection of essays/blog posts from activists around the world, including the recently murdered Eric Lemembe of Cameroon (RIP). The pieces were all well written, but they vary a little unevenly in style and subject matter. I felt the first half of the collection was stronger than the second half, but it could just be that I was pretty emotionally drained by the time I made it halfway through.
Another issue I found with the collection is that some are redundant and repetitive either of other essays included, or even of themselves. I would say they should have had a gutsier editor who could have ensured a more smooth collection.
One of the great things about this collection, though, is that it is so recent. It will not lose it's value in a few years when it is more outdated, but it will lose something. This was collected, edited, and released very quickly, and this adds a certain urgency and relevance to the book. They use dates, they all mention specific events. It brings it closer to home because you can think back to what you were doing in July or December of 2012, and realize that while you were shopping at Barney's, these LGBT individuals were being beaten to death and raped. It makes it feel a lot more real, and a lot more scary.