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The cover sets the tone with Jane Lynch, the popular, award-winning star of the hit TV series Glee, who is superattractive, out, and changing attitudes. This handsome coffee-table book portraying remarkable lesbians spotlights not only today's very visible celebrities, such as Lynch and activist Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, but also those who helped lead the way. Ann Bannon, whose Eisenhower-era Beebo Brinker novels broke ground for the lesbian-lit authors who followed her; Phyllis Lyon, cofounder in 1955, with partner Del Martin, of the Daughters of Bilitis, America's first lesbian political group; and sociopolitical activist Urvashi Vaid, who directed the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and wrote the seminal book Virtual Equality (1996), winner of the Stonewall Book Award. These and younger pioneers' stories by McHugh, accompanied by May's stunning photo portraits, illuminate a half-century of lesbian cultural history.--Scott, Whitney Copyright 2010 Booklist