Don't Tell Me to Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama's Presidency

Kerry Eleveld (Author)

Product Details

Basic Books
Publish Date
October 06, 2015
6.1 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Kerry Eleveld is a freelance political journalist and media consultant. She was the first White House correspondent for an LGBT news outlet, the Advocate, and she currently writes news analysis and reported pieces for outlets like Salon and the Atlantic, as well as a regular column for the Advocate.

She was the recipient of a GLAAD Media Award for her work as the Washington correspondent, and has also received awards from American Veterans for Equal Rights and the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Association. She has commented on political developments to many news outlets, including PBS Newshour, CNN, MSNBC, Associated Press, and the New York Times. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.


"Kerry Eleveld has written a definitive accounting of how activists, organizations, bloggers, and a handful of devoted journalists compelled the Obama administration to act on gay rights. This book tells an essential truth of progressive change: The arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice, but it does not bend on its own. It must be pushed, by we the people."--David Domke, author of The God Strategy: How Religion Became A Political Weapon in America
"[A] smart, sharply observed book.... It's true, as Eleveld says, that [Obama] needed the activists to push, as a matter of politics. And they wrote a script for social change other movements are already studying."--New York Times Book Review
"In the years to come, when all people remember are the victory speeches and the White House wrapped in rainbow lights, Don't Tell Me to Wait will serve as an important reminder of the truth of how the battle for equality was fought and of those who deserve the credit for the victory."--Dallas Voice
"Eleveld brilliantly takes the reader behind the scenes of the president's evolution on LGBT equality.... While Don't Tell Me to Wait serves as a highly informative piece on how transformation actually occurs in political leadership, it also gracefully teaches us a lesson on our responsibility."
"[Eleveld] tells the story compellingly, with lots of insider details, and the drama political junkies love. She also conveys the urgency many felt about these topics. [Readers] will gain new perspectives from Eleveld's diligence."--Library Journal
"[Eleveld] thoroughly tracks the president's hard-won 'evolution' in embracing the national LBGT agenda.... An accomplished chronicle of the setbacks and successes by a journalist in the trenches."--Kirkus Reviews
"The gay rights movement accomplished the impossible in an impossibly short period of time. From deep in the trenches, Kerry Eleveld introduces us to the agitators and legal strategists who delivered the change few thought possible. Her insider account gives a new generation of activists a roadmap for achieving similar success."--Markos Moulitsas, Publisher, Daily Kos
"Kerry Eleveld is one of the great journalists of this generation, and she was uniquely qualified to cover its most epic civil rights battle. A spectacular writer who loves truth. This book is a riveting story filled with the passion of those that she covered over the years. An epic story told by an epic journalist. It just doesn't get any better!"--David Mixner, author of Stranger Among Friends