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LGBT Rights Activist Urvashi Vaid in Chicago April 3

Longtime
LGBT rights advocate Urvashi Vaid will be in Chicago Wed., April 3 for a
free event
at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted.


 She will discuss
and sign copies

of her new book, Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class, and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics.

This is her only public program in Chicago.

The event will start at 7 p.m. and is co-hosted by Center on Halsted, the Community Media Workshop; Ellen Stone Belic Institute for Women & Gender in Arts & Media, Columbia College Chicago; and Windy City Times newspaper. Women & Children First Bookstore will have books for sale at the event.

 

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.

 

The
LGBT movement is on one of the most active, contested, and engaging
social movements in the world. This optimistic book challenges advocates
for LGBT rights 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.

 

Irresistible Revolution
is intended for a broad and general audience. The book turns an
experienced and thoughtful lens onto many common controversies,
rhetoric, and strategic questions that face contemporary social change
movements: pursuit of broad or narrow agendas, integration of economic
and racial justice, integrating sexual orientation and gender identity
in human rights frameworks, the persistence of sexism, the dilemmas of
bipartisanship, and the challenge of seeing beyond the short term to
secure gains made for the long run.

 

RSVP: To make a reservation, contact Tom Elliott at telliott@centeronhalsted.org or 773-472-6469

 

BOOKS: To purchase and/or reserve your copies call Women & Children First Bookstore at 773-769-9299 or visit www.womenandchildrenfirst.com. Guests
are encouraged to reserve copies or prepay to ensure an adequate number
of books. Reserved copies and a limited number of additional copies
will be available at the event.