Stephen V. Sprinkle
- Title: Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memories of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims
- Author: Stephen V. Sprinkle
- ISBN: 9781608998111
- Page: 283
- Format: Paperback
Synopsis Over 13,000 Americans have been murdered in the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries because of their sexual orientation and gender presentation In Unfinished Lives Reviving the Memory of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims, Stephen Sprinkle puts a human face on the outrage and loss suffered when people die from anti gay hatred Beginning with new developmentsSynopsis Over 13,000 Americans have been murdered in the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries because of their sexual orientation and gender presentation In Unfinished Lives Reviving the Memory of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims, Stephen Sprinkle puts a human face on the outrage and loss suffered when people die from anti gay hatred Beginning with new developments in the story of Matthew Shepard s murder in Laramie, Wyoming, Sprinkle tells the stories of fourteen representative LGBTQ victims whose lives were savagely cut short due to homophobia and transphobia These are stories about people who could be your neighbor, classmate, co worker, or friend real, everyday people whose love was foreclosed, relationships brutally terminated, and future contributions stolen from us by outrageous, irrational hatred Told lovingly yet unflinchingly, Unfinished Lives lifts the stories of these LGBTQ victims from undeserved obscurity, allowing their memory to live again Relying on personal interviews and visits to the locations where these people lived, loved, and died, Sprinkle records the raw emotions, powerful movements for social change, and unexpectedly hopeful communities that arise from the ruins of those people whose only offense was to live as they were born to be Part portraiture, part crime narrative, and part ethnography, Unfinished Lives is poised to change the conversation on hate crimes in the United States Endorsements Unfinished Lives cries out to be read It speaks to the systematic denigration of LGBTQ people in the United States and it offers hope that the cycles of abuse and hatred and violence can be broken one person, one family, one community at a time from the Foreword by Harry Knox Director of the Religion and Faith Program Human Rights Campaign, Washington, DC In telling these stories that trouble the soul about the hateful murders of fourteen LBGTQ people who were selected for execution simply because of their non conforming sexual orientation and gender presentation, Stephen Sprinkle has courageously refused to bury the victims in silence or go along with the cultural amnesia that tries to suggest it was all a mistake and they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time No, anti gay violence is an intentionally employed weapon of mass terror, and religion is often its accomplice With a fierce determination to honor our dead by telling the truth out loud and proud, Sprinkle calls the community to take up the queer theological tasks of, yes, remembering and mourning, but also of community resistance and organizing to end the violence against us, against all peoples Marvin M Ellison Bangor Theological Seminary editor of Sexuality and the Sacred Sources for Theological Reflection Stephen Sprinkle takes on one of the most profound questions of our time When fear and hate and judgment result in violence and murder of non gender conforming people, what is the right response of civil society While we struggle to find the answer, he reminds us that the clock is ticking and lives are being lost He honors the lives of those who have either been taken from us or grievously injured by our collective inaction He labors at the leading edge of love, healing, and inclusion for all people, providing a walking systemtic intervention where injustice resides Cindi Love Executive Director of Soulforce Member of the Religion and Faith Program Human Rights Campaign, Washington, DC Author Bio Stephen V Sprinkle is Associate Professor of Practical Theology, and Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas He is the first openly gay scholar to be tenured in the school s history.
Recent Comments "Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memories of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims"
Steve Sprinkle's candid gift, "Unfinished Lives," should be required reading in every institution of higher learning in America, and perhaps every public high school to boot. Although I identify as an ally, well-aware of the sociopolitical climate and right wing theological narrative against LGBTQ people, "Unfinished Lives" convicted me yet again and in even more profound ways to be that much more of an advocate for not only LGBTQ equality, but for the purposeful inclusion and celebration of all [...]
This book of stories is a tough but a necessary read if only to begin to understand hate crimes in America. Told in graphic and horrifying detail, it is not for the faint hearted by any stretch. Emphasis must be given to the term "a necessary read." Why? In our desensitized culture, hate crimes, especially of our Nation's LGBTQ population are too often sanitized and dismissed. The lives of these innocent people of all ages and gender identification will break your heart. But these are the misund [...]
A wrenching read about murder after murder after murder, some of them extraordinarily vicious. Aside from a single, really disturbing comment from an LGBT activist that one of the victims died "for nothing" because there wasn't a lot of news coverage, this book was well-thought-out and stuffed with references -- books, movies, websites, magazine articles -- for further education. Unfortunately, I could not find all of the films when I looked for them; my only other quibble with this book is the [...]
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