New PDF release: Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in

By John Dececco Phd,Vern L Bullough

discover the early historical past 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 group who completed the celebrity and recognition of Martin Luther King, there have been quite a few activists who placed their careers and reputations at the line. It was once a motley group of radicals and reformers, drawn jointly by way of the reason even with character and philosophical variations. Their tales are advised within the following pages.”

Before Stonewall: Activists for homosexual and Lesbian Rights in ancient Context illuminates the lives of the brave participants inquisitive about the early fight for homosexual and lesbian civil rights within the usa. Authored by means of 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 somebody with an curiosity within the historical past of the gay/lesbian rights hobbies within the usa, those names could be frequent, 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 get together
  • 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 referred to 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 attracted to those heroic figures and the activities they ignited will be with out this booklet, which acquired an honorable point out within the 2004 Stonewall e-book Awards.

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