One of the grilling hot seats of controversies that breed not only human and public discrimination but fierce judgment is the issue of homosexuality. The grilling questions are: Are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people corruptions of human nature and dignity? Or are they the design of creation that expresses uniqueness and evolution? These essential questions are crucial in order to address the root issue. And this book was created for that purpose. This book serves as an open letter to both the LGBT and Islamic communities. We´ll address: The right approach we should carefully consider when we deal with both parties The essential ideological heart cry of LGBT as an identity, individuals, and community Why the terms corruption and creation are a valid argument in their own contextual views but invalid when compromised to other´s views Why LGBT is in fact a great economic resource for progress The context of Islam for giving a severe punishment against LGBT Why Islam´s opposition against LGBT is a sacred devotion The author´s burden of seeing no hope of reconciliation for both parties The common ground we can build in order to control the clashing storm of opposition coming from each party 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trevor Clinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044860/bk_acx0_044860_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
First published in Italian in 1977, Mario Mieli´s groundbreaking book is an early landmark of revolutionary queer theory - now available for the first time in a complete and unabridged English translation. Among the most important works ever to address the relationship between homosexuality, homophobia and capitalism, Mieli´s essay continues to pose a radical challenge to today´s dominant queer theory and politics. With extraordinary prescience, Mieli exposes the efficiency with which capitalism co-opts ´perversions´ which are then ´sold both wholesale and retail´. In his view, the liberation of homosexual desire requires the emancipation of sexuality from both patriarchal sex roles and capital. Drawing heavily upon Marx and psychoanalysis to arrive at a dazzlingly original vision, Towards a Gay Communism is a hitherto neglected classic that will be essential reading for all who seek to understand the true meaning of sexual liberation under capitalism today.
A major new history of one of the seminal years in the postwar world, when rebellion and disaffection broke out on an extraordinary scale. The year 1968 saw an extraordinary range of protests across much of the western world. Some of these were genuinely revolutionary - around ten million French workers went on strike and the whole state teetered on the brink of collapse. Others were more easily contained, but had profound longer-term implications - terrorist groups, feminist collectives, gay rights activists could all trace important roots to 1968. 1968 is a striking and original attempt half a century later to show how these events, which in some ways still seem so current, stemmed from histories and societies which are in practice now extraordinarily remote from our own time. 1968 pursues the story into the 1970s to show both the ever more violent forms of radicalization that stemmed from 1968 and the brutal reaction that brought the era to an end. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007484/bk_harp_007484_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Americans have come to tolerate, embrace, and even champion many things that would have horrified their parents´ generation - from easy divorce and unrestricted abortion on demand to extreme body piercing and teaching homosexuality to grade schoolers. Does that mean today´s Americans are inherently more morally confused and depraved than previous generations? Of course not, says veteran journalist David Kupelian. But they have fallen victim to some of the most stunningly brilliant and compelling marketing campaigns in modern history. The Marketing of Evil reveals how much of what Americans once almost universally abhorred has been packaged, perfumed, gift wrapped, and sold to them as though it had great value. Highly skilled marketers, playing on our deeply felt national values of fairness, generosity, and tolerance, have persuaded us to embrace as enlightened and noble that which all previous generations since America´s founding regarded as grossly self-destructive - in a word, evil. In this groundbreaking and meticulously researched book, Kupelian peels back the veil of marketing-induced deception to reveal exactly when, where, how, and especially why Americans bought in to the lies that now threaten the future of the country. For example, few of us realize that the widely revered father of the ´´sexual revolution´´ has been irrefutably exposed as a full-fledged sexual psychopath who encouraged pedophilia. Or that giant corporations voraciously competing for America´s $150 billion teen market routinely infiltrate young people´s social groups to find out how better to lead children into ever more debauched forms of ´´authentic self-expression´´. Likewise, most of us mistakenly believe the ´´abortion rights´´ and ´´gay rights´´ movements were spontaneous, grassroots uprisings of neglected or persecuted minorities wanting to breathe free. Few people realize America was actually sold on abortion thanks to an audacious public relations c... 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Kupelian. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/001701/bk_hove_001701_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The founder of POZ magazine shares ´´a captivating...eyewitness account from inside the AIDS epidemic´´ (Next) and ´´a moving, multidecade memoir of one gay man´s life´´ (San Francisco Chronicle). As a politics-obsessed Georgetown freshman, Sean Strub arrived in Washington, DC, from Iowa in 1976, with a plum part-time job running a senate elevator in the US Capitol. He also harbored a terrifying secret: his attraction to men. As Strub explored the capital´s political and social circles, he discovered a parallel world where powerful men lived double lives shrouded in shame. When the AIDS epidemic hit in the early 1980s, Strub was living in New York and soon found himself attending ´´more funerals than birthday parties´´. Scared and angry, he turned to radical activism to combat discrimination and demand research. Strub takes you through his own diagnosis and inside ACT UP, the organization that transformed a stigmatized cause into one of the defining political movements of our time. From the New York of Studio 54 and Andy Warhol´s Factory to the intersection of politics and burgeoning LGBT and AIDS movements, Strub´s story crackles with history. He recounts his role in shocking AIDS demonstrations at St. Patrick´s Cathedral as well as at the home of US Senator Jesse Helms. With an astonishing cast of characters, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Keith Haring, Bill Clinton, and Yoko Ono, this is a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era ´´[with] the suspense and horror of Paul Monette´s memoir Borrowed Time and the drama of Larry Kramer´s play The Normal Heart.... What a lot of action - and life - there is in this gripping book.´´ (The Washington Post). Photo: Iowa City Press-Citizen 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Drake. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021756/bk_adbl_021756_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
David Lauriston is struggling to build his reputation in Edinburgh´s privileged legal world. His humble origins are enough of a hurdle, never mind his recent decision to defend a group of weavers accused of treason, prompting speculation that he may harbour radical sympathies. The last thing he should be doing is agreeing to help the brother of one of the convicted weavers find the government agent who caused his brother´s downfall. David´s personal life is no more successful. Tormented by his forbidden desires for other men, and the painful memories of the childhood friend he once loved, David tries his hardest to live a celibate existence, castigating himself whenever his resolve slips. But then into David´s repressed and orderly world bursts Lord Murdo Balfour. Cynical, hedonistic, and utterly unapologetic, Murdo could not be less like David. Whilst David refuses to entertain the prospect of entering into a loveless marriage for propriety´s sake, Murdo is determined to wed one day - and has no intention of giving up the company of other men when he does so. But as appalled as David is by Murdo´s unrepentant self-interest, he cannot resist the man´s sway. Murdo tempts and provokes David in equal measure, distracting him from his promise to find the agent provocateur responsible for the weavers´ fate, and forcing him to acknowledge his physical desires. But is Murdo more than a mere distraction? Is it possible he could be the very man David is looking for? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hamish McKinlay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/093701/bk_acx0_093701_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dinesh D´Souza, the most original and controversial writer on politics and society in the U.S. today, uncovers the links between the spread of American pop culture, leftist ideas, and secular values and the rise of anti-Americanism throughout the world. In The Enemy at Home, D´Souza makes the startling claim that the 9/11 attacks and other terrorist acts around the world can be directly traced to the ideas and attitudes perpetrated by America´s cultural left. D´Souza shows that liberals - people like Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, Bill Moyers, and Michael Moore - are responsible for fostering a culture that angers and repulses not just Muslim countries but also traditional and religious societies around the world. Their outspoken opposition to American foreign policy, including the way the Bush administration is conducting the war on terror, contributes to the growing hostility, encouraging people both at home and abroad to blame America for the problems of the world. He argues that it is not our exercise of freedom that enrages our enemies but rather our abuse of that freedom, from the sexual liberty of women to the support of gay marriage, birth control, and no-fault divorce, and the aggressive exploitation of our vulgar, licentious popular culture. The cultural wars at home and the global war on terror are usually viewed as separate problems. In this groundbreaking book, D´Souza shows that they are one and the same. It is only by curtailing the left´s attack on religion, family, and traditional values that we can persuade moderate Muslims and others around the world to cooperate with us and to begin to shun the extremists in their own countries. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lloyd James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/000355/bk_tant_000355_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Niki Kroff has one mission in life--to lead Sylvan Mir´s elite guard and protect the wolf Alpha´s life. When Lara, another of the centuri, becomes a Vampire in the course of saving Sylvan´s life, Niki is assigned to protect her during her transition. Removed from Sylvan´s guard, Niki struggles to find her place in the Pack and control her desire for a forbidden Were whose call grows stronger every day. Sylvan, driven by primal instincts to protect her pregnant mate, grows more powerful, and more deadly, than any Alpha Were in centuries. While Sylvan rallies her allies, Vampire and human, to fight extremists, radical groups, and members of their own Praetern coalition in a war to preserve the autonomy of all Praetern species, Niki fights a private battle with her own dark urges—a battle which, if lost, will cost her everything. A Midnight Hunters Paranormal Romance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maxine Mitchell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013412/bk_adbl_013412_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With the new millennium approaching, the eccentric town of Thebes grows even stranger. Mrs. Leontina Scales begins speaking in tongues after being clocked by a Catholic statuette. Her daughter, Tabitha, and her sons scheme to save their mother or surrender her to Jesus - whatever comes first. Meanwhile, choir director Jeremy Carr, caught between lust and ambition, fumbles his way toward Y2K. The ancient Sisters of the Sorrowful Mysteries join with a gay singing group. The Radical Radiants battle the Catholics. A Christmas pageant goes horribly awry. And a child is born.Only a modern master like Gregory Maguire could spin a tale as frantic, funny, and farcical as The Next Queen of Heaven. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassandra Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002325/bk_harp_002325_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The story of gay rights has long been told as one of single-minded focus on the fight for sexual freedom. Yet its origins are much more complicated than this single-issue interpretation would have us believe, and to ignore gay liberation´s multidimensional beginnings is to drastically underestimate its radical potential for social change. Ferguson shows how queer liberation emerged out of various insurgent struggles crossing the politics of race, gender, class, and sexuality, and deeply connected to issues of colonization, incarceration, and capitalism. Tracing the rise and fall of this intersectional politics, he argues that the one-dimensional mainstreaming of queerness falsely placed critiques of racism, capitalism, and the state outside the remit of gay liberation. As recent activism is increasingly making clear, this one-dimensional legacy has promoted forms of exclusion that marginalize queers of color, the poor, and transgender individuals. This forceful book joins the call to reimagine and reconnect the fight for social justice in all its varied forms.