The Pacific Northwest is known for its diverse, unusual politics. There are thriving gay and lesbian communities and populations of staunchly conservative Christians. Both groups wield political power out of proportion to their numbers and yet both feel beleaguered. How do members of these groups-both community leaders and everyday citizens-perceive the political climates that surround them
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Toja, the thin girl with the long, silky hair and light footsteps, was minding her goats near the old oak trees on the banks of the river Zgosca, at the place where the river split in two. She was enjoying the feel of the cold water on her bare feet, and was singing a melancholic tune, from her ancestors of long ago. Suddenly she was startled to…
This book tells a tale of two Northwestern cities: Seattle, well known nationally for its liberalism, and Spokane, its conservative cousin to the east. Weathering Change characterizes the ways these liberal and conservative environments translate into hostility and hospitality for the Christian conservatives, gay men, and lesbians who live within them. Linneman gives us a firsthand account of how people from both groups think about social change in relation to the media, the public, the government, their communities, and their opposition. Indeed, we gain much needed insight into why Christian conservatives view the progress of the gay and lesbian movement as such a threat.