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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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Limp Wrists and Clenched Fists

Limp Wrists and Clenched Fists

Defining a Politics and Hitting the Streets

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(p.69) Chapter 3 Limp Wrists and Clenched Fists
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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/9780520279056.003.0004

By the mid 1970s radical gay men were building a gay left and forging alliances with lesbians. They sharpened their politics through socialist feminism and Chilean solidarity, confronted police brutality, and challenged racism in gay men's life. The organization Bay Area Gay Liberation built grassroots power while the Third World Gay Caucus networked gay and lesbian people of color. While gay and lesbian leftists pursued anti-imperialism over liberal reform, by the late 1970s they also joined strategic left-liberal coalitions against the New Right. Radicals played key roles in defeating the Briggs Initiative's attack on gay and lesbian teachers, and though unable to stop a death penalty measure, evidenced resistance to state violence in the White Night Riots.

Keywords:   gay left, socialist feminism, Chilean solidarity, anti-imperialism, Bay Area Gay Liberation, Third World Gay Caucus, third world gay, Briggs Initiative, New Right

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