Miriam Frank presents Out in the Union
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We're thrilled to welcome author and educator Miriam Frank to discuss her new book, Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America! Out in the Union tells the continuous story of queer American workers from the mid-1960s through 2013. Frank 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. Don't miss this important event, and don't forget: food & books at Red Emma's are always 10% off for union members, so come early to browse the books and have dinner! More about the book: 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. Miriam Frank has presented Out in the Union at conferences, independent bookstores, and LGBT community centers in New York City, Detroit, Washington DC, Oakland and San Francisco. She recently retired from full-time teaching at New York University and continues there as an Adjunct Professor of Humanities. She is a union member (AFT, UAW) and has led history and humanities classes at union halls in Detroit, New York City and in the Bay Area.