Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in by John Dececco Phd,Vern L Bullough

By John Dececco Phd,Vern L Bullough

discover the early heritage of the homosexual rights movement!

In the phrases of editor Vern L. Bullough: “Although there has been no unmarried chief within the homosexual and lesbian neighborhood who accomplished the celebrity and recognition of Martin Luther King, there have been plenty of activists who positioned their careers and reputations at the line. It was once a motley group of radicals and reformers, drawn jointly via the reason even with character and philosophical changes. Their tales are informed within the following pages.”

Before Stonewall: Activists for homosexual and Lesbian Rights in historic Context illuminates the lives of the brave members keen on the early fight for homosexual and lesbian civil rights within the usa. Authored through those that knew them (often activists themselves), the concise biographies during this quantity research the lives of pre-1969 barrier breakers like Harry Hay, Henry Gerber, Alfred Kinsey, Del Martin, Phyllis Lyon, Jim Kepner, Jack Nichols, Christine Jorgensen, Jose Sarria, Barbara Grier, Frank Kameny, and forty extra.

To a person with an curiosity within the background of the gay/lesbian rights hobbies within the usa, those names could be customary, yet do you know that during addition to their groundbreaking activism:

  • Prescott Townsend was once a Boston Brahman
  • Dorr Legg was once a Log Cabin Republican
  • Harry Hay used to be at one time a member of the Communist occasion
  • Jim Kepner used to be a boy preacher
  • Troy Perry used to be faraway from the ministry of his church for homosexuality--and then based the gay-friendly Metropolitan group Church
  • Reed Erickson--a transsexual millionaire who gave hundreds of thousands to the cause--kept a puppy leopard known as Henry
  • Barbara Gittings organize a kissing sales space on the American Library organization conference and prompt attendees to kiss a homosexual or lesbian!

Before Stonewall is an ideal ancillary textual content for any gay/lesbian reviews path, yet extra to the purpose, nobody attracted to those heroic figures and the activities they ignited can be with no this ebook, which obtained an honorable point out within the 2004 Stonewall ebook Awards.

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