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Bohemian Los Angelesand the Making of Modern Politics$
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Daniel Hurewitz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249257

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249257.001.0001

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Getting Some Identity Mattachine and the Politics of Sexual Identity Construction

Getting Some Identity Mattachine and the Politics of Sexual Identity Construction

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(p.230) Six Getting Some Identity Mattachine and the Politics of Sexual Identity Construction
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Bohemian Los Angeles
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Daniel Hurewitz

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249257.003.0008

In 1952, spurred by an event that demonstrated discrimination of ethnicity and race, the Civil Rights Congress and Citizen’s Committee to Outlaw Entrapment (CCOE) created a move for the eradication of violence against racial discrimination. For the CCOE, their struggle for equality and eradication of racial discrimination included not only races but “all minorities,” such as homosexuals, contending that homosexuals are an equivalent oppressed social minority, similar to all the others. They also contended that homosexuals shared an equivalent identity to racial groups and a similar political position in the society. This chapter discusses the efforts of Mattachine and CCOE in defending homosexuals, deemed one of the oppressed social minorities in the society. Such oppressed minorities were not economically and racially oppressed, but rather oppressed for their desires and actions.

Keywords:   discrimination, race, CCOE, racial discrimination, homosexuals, racial groups, Mattachine

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