Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America

Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America

by Miriam Frank


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Out in the Union tells the continuous story of queer American workers from the mid-1960s through 2013. Miriam Frank shrewdly chronicles the evolution of labor politics with queer activism and identity formation, showing how unions began affirming the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers in the 1970s and 1980s. She documents coming out on the job and in the union as well as issues of discrimination and harassment, and the creation of alliances between unions and LGBT communities. 

Featuring in-depth interviews with LGBT and labor activists, Frank provides an inclusive history of the convergence of labor and LGBT interests. She carefully details how queer caucuses in local unions introduced domestic partner benefits and union-based AIDS education for health care workers-innovations that have been influential across the U.S. workforce. Out in the Union also examines organizing drives at queer workplaces, campaigns for marriage equality, and other gay civil rights issues to show the enduring power of LGBT workers. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439911402
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 01/16/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 869,296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Miriam Frank is Master Teacher of Humanities at New York University.

Table of Contents


A Brief Chronology of LGBT Labor History, 1965–2013

Prologue: Love and Work and Queer Survival

I Coming Out 

1 From Construction to Couture: Coming Out in Unionized Workplaces

2 Outsiders as Insiders: Sexual Diversity and Union Leadership

II Coalition Politics 

3 From Common Enemies to Common Causes: The Labor Movement and the Gay Movement in Action and Coalition

4 The Heart of the Matter: Union Politics, Queer Issues, and the Life of the Local

III Conflict and Transformation 

Organizing the Gay Unorganized: Talking Union, Talking Queer

Epilogue: When Connie Married Phyllis



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