Liberal democracy has provided a certain degree of lesbian and gay rights. But those rights, as we now know, are not unlimited, and they continue to be the focus of efforts by lesbian and gay movements in the United States to promote social change. In this compelling critique, Craig Rimmerman looks at the past, present, and future of the movements to analyze whether it is possible for them to link identity concerns with a progressive coalition for political, social, and gender change, one that take into account race, class, and gender inequalities. Enriched by eight years of interviews in Washington, D.C. and New York City, and by the author's experience as a Capitol Hill staffer, "From Identity to Politics" will provoke discussion in classrooms and caucus rooms across the United States. Craig A. Rimmerman is Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is the author of several books, including "The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism, and Service".