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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

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

Emily K. Hobson

University of California Press

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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