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

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 popularity of Martin Luther King, there have been a number of activists who positioned their careers and reputations at the line. It used to be a motley team of radicals and reformers, drawn jointly via the reason inspite of character and philosophical modifications. Their tales are instructed within the following pages.”

Before Stonewall: Activists for homosexual and Lesbian Rights in ancient Context illuminates the lives of the brave participants enthusiastic about 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 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 background of the gay/lesbian rights hobbies within the usa, those names can be standard, yet were you aware 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 was once faraway from the ministry of his church for homosexuality--and then based the gay-friendly Metropolitan neighborhood Church
  • Reed Erickson--a transsexual millionaire who gave hundreds of thousands to the cause--kept a puppy leopard referred to as Henry
  • Barbara Gittings manage a kissing sales space on the American Library organization conference and recommended attendees to kiss a homosexual or lesbian!

Before Stonewall is an ideal ancillary textual content for any gay/lesbian experiences direction, yet extra to the purpose, not anyone attracted to those heroic figures and the hobbies they ignited could be with no this ebook, which obtained an honorable point out within the 2004 Stonewall publication Awards.

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