Nicola Field’s ground-breaking book, Over the Rainbow: Money, Class and Homophobia, will be republished in Autumn 2016.
There will be three launch events taking place in Manchester, Nottingham and London. Details below.
Over the Rainbow is a detailed political analysis of the material roots of homophobia in class society. Written at a time when commercialisation of the LGBT+ movement was just beginning to take hold in the UK, the book is an uncompromising critique of those who claimed we could use lifestyle politics and the free market, to buy our way out of discrimination and persecution. Over the Rainbow offers an uncompromising critique of the weakness of identity politics and an irrefutable class analysis of LGBT+ oppression. The book was first published by Pluto Press in 1995 and until now, has been out of print.
Nicola is one of the original members of the group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, whose story was powerfully portrayed in the hit film Pride. Her book grew from the ferment of struggle in the 1980s and 90s, and contains the first published account of the solidarity LGSM forged with mineworkers during the bitter, year-long strike against the Thatcher government’s pit-closure plans. It thus provides a crucial historical and political context to the events depicted in the film. The original book took on, with controversial ferocity, the rise of identity politics in the 1990s. Today, the contradictions are even sharper – and the new introduction will address the current scene.
“We have same-sex marriage, but violent homophobia is on the rise. And what good is marriage if, in the age of austerity, you can’t get a job or afford a home? The community-led LGBT+ scene movement is still very active, but is even more polarised from the atrophied melée of bankers, corporatists, policymakers and marketing executives who now dominate the official LGBT+ political scene. The crucial link to class struggle has been dismissed to a large extent by privilege theory, but debates on campuses and picket-lines again offer the chance for intervention – and for reaching new audiences.” Nicola Field
Saturday 24th September 2016
People’s History Museum, Manchester
Friday 30th September 2016
Gay’s the Word, London
Sunday 23rd October 2016
Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
(watch this space for regular event updates)