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Lavender and RedLiberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left$
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Emily K. Hobson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520279056

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520279056.001.0001

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Beyond the Gay Ghetto

Beyond the Gay Ghetto

Founding Debates in Gay Liberation

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(p.17) Chapter 1 Beyond the Gay Ghetto
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Lavender and Red
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Emily K. Hobson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520279056.003.0002

Between 1969 and 1973, gay liberationists began to define radical alliances as central to sexual liberation. Gay men drew on Black radicalism, the anti-Vietnam War movement, and other causes to analyze anti-gay oppression and to draw analogies between sexuality and race. They pursued solidarity with the Black Panther Party and defined gayness as a means to resist U.S. militarism. They also distinguished leftist gay liberation from a different politics termed gay nationalism, as by opposing a gay nationalist scheme to colonize California's Alpine County — a project gay leftists argued would replicate capitalism, imperialism, and anti-gay oppression. In contrast to such proposals, Bay Area gay radicals organized gay solidarity with a multiracial and socialist left.

Keywords:   gay liberation, gay nationalism, gay left, Black Panther Party, anti-war, Vietnam War, Alpine County

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