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Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left

Emily K. Hobson


LGBT activism is often imagined as a self-contained struggle, inspired by but set apart from other social movements. The history of the gay and lesbian left reveals a far different story: a movement whose radicals understood their sexual liberation as interdependent with solidarity against imperialism, war, and racism. The gay and lesbian left was born in the late 1960s but flourished up through the end of the Cold War and the depths of the AIDS epidemic. Its participants argued that anti-imperialism and anti-militarism were necessary to sexual liberation and that sexual liberation was key to ... More

Keywords: gay, lesbian, left, radical, liberation, solidarity, anti-imperialism, San Francisco Bay Area, Central America, AIDS

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520279056
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520279056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily K. Hobson, author
University of Nevada, Reno