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The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle

The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle

Lillian Faderman

Language: English

Pages: 816

ISBN: 1451694121

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The sweeping story of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day: “This is the history of the gay and lesbian movement that we’ve been waiting for” (The Washington Post).

The fight for gay and lesbian civil rights—the years of outrageous injustice, the early battles, the heart-breaking defeats, and the victories beyond the dreams of the gay rights pioneers—is the most important civil rights issue of the present day. In “the most comprehensive history to date of America’s gay-rights movement” (The Economist), Lillian Faderman tells this unfinished story through the dramatic accounts of passionate struggles with sweep, depth, and feeling.

The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when gays and lesbians were criminals, psychiatrists saw them as mentally ill, churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond. Faderman discusses the protests in the 1960s; the counter reaction of the 1970s and early eighties; the decimated but united community during the AIDS epidemic; and the current hurdles for the right to marriage equality.

“A compelling read of a little-known part of our nation’s history, and of individuals whose stories range from heart-wrenching to inspiring to enraging to motivational” (Chicago Tribune), The Gay Revolution paints a nuanced portrait of the LGBT civil rights movement. A defining account, this is the most complete and authoritative book of its kind.

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seriously. The head of the Taxi and Limousine Commission was Michael Lazar (known as the “Taxi Czar”). He’d been in the audience at Radio City Music Hall when the Gay Activists Alliance zapped Mayor Lindsay off the stage,55 so he’d already had a demonstration of the group’s no-holds-barred tenacity. Now nine GAA members descended on his Wall Street headquarters, seven of them trailing Allen Roskoff and Arthur Bell, who carried a couch onto the freight elevator and got out on Czar Lazar’s floor.

through as he had, and used looted newspapers to set fires inside.55 Sally Gearhart, who’d played “Mom” to Harvey Milk’s “Pop” in the fight against Briggs, was rushed to the steps of city hall by a small contingent of peacemakers. She had to calm the crowd down, they said. Someone gave her a bullhorn. “There’s nobody in the city angrier than I am tonight. But Harvey Milk would not be here tearing down the doors of this building,” Gearhart shouted above the deafening roar of the horde. “Harvey

Daughters of Bilitis Papers, box 1, folder 10, June Mazer Lesbian Collection, Special Collections, UCLA. 72. Robin Tyler (Arlene Chernick), first interview with author, Los Angeles, September 29, 2013. 73. See p. 410. CHAPTER 7: JOUSTS WITH THE FOUR HORSEMEN 1. Dorr Legg, interview with Brad Mulroy, c. 1975, W. Dorr Legg Papers, Collection 2010-004, box 1, folder 6, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, University of Southern California Libraries. 2. They were unaware of an earlier effort

stopped when he saw a knot of six young men, two of them in a heated altercation. “Are you males?” he growled, though he knew they were. “Yes,” they said, startled by the sudden appearance of a cop. “Are you homosexual?”  “Yes,” they admitted. “Well, you germs walk up this street to Broadway and get lost. Don’t come back.” To the one who was the most aggressive, a black man, Barrett said, “I’m going to walk you around the corner to the subway, and you’re going to run down that hole and get out of

on which she sat. It was a hot summer afternoon, and several people had brought their soda or beer bottles into the room with them. A bottle cap was lying on the table that Shelley pounded over and over as she shouted, “That’s it!” She was so excited about the new name she didn’t even feel it when the cap cut her hand. She bled profusely.26 •  •  • Dick Leitsch put as good a face on things as possible. Mattachine, together with Daughters of Bilitis, placed an ad in the Village Voice announcing

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