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Stand by me : the forgotten history of gay liberation

Author: Jim Downs
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
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"Despite the tremendous gains of the LGBT movement in recent years, the history of gay life in this country remains poorly understood. According to conventional wisdom, gay liberation started with the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village in 1969. The 1970s represented a moment of triumph--both political and sexual--before the AIDS crisis in the subsequent decade, which, in the view of many, exposed the problems  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Downs
ISBN: 9780465032709 0465032702
OCLC Number: 920018216
Description: vii, 261 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The largest massacre of gay people in American history --
The gay religious movement --
The biography of a bookstore --
Gay American history --
The body politic --
"Prison sounds" --
Body language.
Responsibility: Jim Downs.

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