Smash the Church, Smash the State! The Early Years of Gay Liberation

ISBN-10: 0872864979
ISBN-13: 9780872864979
Edition: 2009
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Description: This anthology by former members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) captures the history and spirit of the revolutionary time just after Stonewall, when thousands came out of the closet to claim their sexuality, and when queer resistance coalesced  More...

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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 6/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This anthology by former members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) captures the history and spirit of the revolutionary time just after Stonewall, when thousands came out of the closet to claim their sexuality, and when queer resistance coalesced into a turbulent, joyous liberation movement-one whose lasting influence would ultimately inform and profoundly shape the LGBT community of today.Personal essays explore the philosophy and culture of the stridently anti-assimilationist GLF: the actions, demonstrations, and marches; views on marriage, religion, and gender; the drugs, orgies, and communes; and GLFrsquo;s relationship to the hippies, the Black Panthers, the straight Left, the womenrsquo;s movement, civil rights, and the antiwar struggle.

Tommi Avicolli Mecca, a member of GLF at Temple University and a co-founder of Radicalqueens, is author of Between Little Rock and a Hard Place and co-editor of Hey Paesan: Writings by Lesbians and Gay Men of Italian Descent and Avanti Popolo: Sailing beyond Columbus . He lives in San Francisco, where he is a housing rights activist and a regular contributor to beyondchron.org, SF Bay Guardian , Bay Area Reporter and Bay Times .

Introduction
Out of the Bars and Into the Streets
Militant Foreshadowings
Eighth Grade Epiphany
Kiyoshi Kuromiya: Intergrating the Issues
A Consciousness Raised
Coming Out and into the GLF: Banned No More in Boston
My Adventures as a Gay Teacher
Pre-Now
My Memories as a Gay Militant in NYC
From the Closets of New Haven to the Collectives of New York GLF
Even Iowa Homos Got the Blues
There's a Certain Kind of Woman
A Poem
Tuning In
No Girl in My Soup
Coming Out as a Reluctant Activist in a Gay Maoist Cell who Mostly Just Wanted to Get Laid
Our Passion Shook the World
Sylvester: A Singer Without a Closet
Living Lesbian Nation
Radical Spirit and Vision
Radicalqueens Manifesto #1
Radicalqueens Manifesto #2
The Radicalqueens Trans-Formation
A Woman of Vision
Sisters and Brothers: A Writer Hungering for Family Finds GLF
Dyketactics!: Electrifying the Imaginations of the Gay and Women's Communities
A Life of Seeing Connections
Fopping It Up: Former Cockette Rumi's Story Interview with
Gay Raiders
Revolution Around Every Corner
Between Bohemia and Revolution
Gay Liberation Front: Report from London
Sylvia Rivera: A Woman Before Her Time
Two Songs
Honey, We Unshrunk the Shrinks!
The Radicalesbian Story: An Evolution of Consciousness
The Woman Identified Woman Manifesto
Berkeley & the Fight for an Effeminist, Socially Transformative Gay Identity
Two Poems
The Effeminist Moment
Dyketactics!: Notes Toward an Un-Silencing
Two Poems
The Baltic Street Collective
Gay Pagans and Atheists Manifesto
40 Years After Stonewall
Looking Back from the Mexico-U.S. Border
A Letter from Huey Newton to the Revolutionary Brothers and Sisters about the Women's Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements
Making History
New York City Legend
Lessons from the ENDA Mess
Happy to Be Childless
The Gay Community in Crisis
Stonewall Was a Riot---Now We Need a Revolution
Gay Liberation Media
Glossary of Terms

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