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Gay power : an American revolution

Author: David Eisenbach
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Carroll & Graf edView all editions and formats
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The explosion of gay visibility following the street riots at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 brought, for the first time, tens of thousands of lesbians and gay men out of the closets and into headline news around the world. Never before had so many gay people at one moment stepped into the spotlight of mainstream American politics, culture, and entertainment. More than any city, New York became overnight the center of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Eisenbach
ISBN: 0786716339 9780786716333 0786719346 9780786719341
OCLC Number: 68961913
Awards: Commended for Lambda Literary Awards (Lgbt Studies) 2006
Commended for Stonewall Book Award (Nonfiction) 2007
Description: x, 390 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: An American revolution --
"The greatest homosexual population in the world" --
Breaking the "Conspiracy of Silence" --
Pride of lions --
From "Boys in the Band" to "Street Fighting Man" --
The new homosexual --
The made-for TV movement --
The inner circle affair --
The gay lounge --
"It's official now: we're not sick" --
Miss Oklahoma vs. Macho Man --
The conspiracy of silence redux.
Responsibility: David Eisenbach.
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The explosion of gay visibility following the street riots at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 brought, for the first time, tens of thousands of lesbians and gay men out of the closets and into headline news around the world. Never before had so many gay people at one moment stepped into the spotlight of mainstream American politics, culture, and entertainment. More than any city, New York became overnight the center of the new "Gay Power" movement and served as the focal point for gay protest and politics for the next decade. This book chronicles the tumultuous first wave of the modern gay rights movement. From the first-ever gay student group launched at Columbia University in 1965 to the Gay Liberation Front, the Gay Activist Alliance, and other vanguard organizations that emerged from the Stonewall riots, the author draws on archival material and numerous firsthand accounts from the individuals who built the movement. Unlike their predecessors, this new generation of lesbians and gay men spoke as a community, established political clout, appeared openly on television and in the press, demanded equal rights with heterosexuals, and pioneered protest tactics like the "zap," which later ACT UP employed famously in the 1980s.

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