By Diane Helene Miller
Many folks have grown up with the language of civil rights, but hardly ever give some thought to how the development of civil rights claims impacts those who find themselves attempting to reach them. Diane Miller examines arguments lesbians and homosexual males make for civil rights, revealing the methods those arguments are either progressive--in phrases of assisting to win complaints looking simple human rights--and limiting--in phrases of framing representations of homosexual males and lesbians.
Miller accommodates case reports of lesbians within the army and in politics into her argument. She discusses intimately the stories of Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer, who was once dishonorably discharged from the nationwide defend after 27 years of provider while she published that she was once a lesbian, and Roberta Achtenberg, who used to be nominated by means of Clinton for the task of Assistant Director of Housing and concrete improvement and have become the 1st homosexual or lesbian to stand the affirmation strategy. Drawing on those situations and their results, Miller evaluates the benefits and drawbacks of privileging civil rights innovations within the fight for homosexual and lesbian rights.