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 popularity of Martin Luther King, there have been lots of activists who placed their careers and reputations at the line. It used to be a motley staff of radicals and reformers, drawn jointly through the reason even with character and philosophical adjustments. Their tales are instructed within the following pages.”

Before Stonewall: Activists for homosexual and Lesbian Rights in old Context illuminates the lives of the brave contributors interested by the early fight for homosexual and lesbian civil rights within the usa. Authored via those that knew them (often activists themselves), the concise biographies during this quantity study 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 activities within the usa, those names may be primary, 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 was once at one time a member of the Communist social gathering
  • Jim Kepner was once a boy preacher
  • Troy Perry was once 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 steered attendees to kiss a homosexual or lesbian!

Before Stonewall is an ideal ancillary textual content for any gay/lesbian reports path, yet extra to the purpose, not anyone drawn to those heroic figures and the activities they ignited may be with no this ebook, which got an honorable point out within the 2004 Stonewall e-book Awards.

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