In Fragmented Citizens, Stephen Engel contends that the present moment in gay and lesbian rights in America is indeed one of considerable advancement and change–but that there is still much to be done in shaping American institutions to recognize gays and lesbians as full citizens.

With impressive scope and fascinating examples, Engel traces the relationship between gay and lesbian individuals and the government from the late nineteenth century through the present. Fragmented Citizens proposes a framework for looking at gay history, one that links seemly occasional and episodic moments into a movement with continuity, while it sheds light on the relationship between gay activism and American political institutions in the evolving history of gay rights. His analysis helps to answer the questions of “What’s next?” and “What Still Needs to Be Done?” and suggests how things are likely to unfold on the road ahead.


Thursday, October 20th @7pm
Burbank Public Library
300 N. Buena Vista Street.


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