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The Early History of the Gay Rights Movement

The Early History of the Gay Rights Movement

In the contemporary era, gay and lesbian activism is part of the intersectional LGBTQ+ community, but this wasn't always so. This book explains why the need for the fight for nonheteronormative rights emerged in the nineteenth century. It goes into how the fight itself began to pick up steam in the 1950s and '60s as small groups of radicals grew into a national movement for social justice. Activists across the LGBTQ+ spectrum confront police and government officials, join forces with labor and civil rights struggles, and help reshape the modern world.


Chapter 1. The Days of Passionate Friendship

Chapter 2. The Love that Dare Not Speak its Name

Chapter 3. Storm Clouds Gather Before the Rainbow

Chapter 4. From Special Friends to Brothers in Arms

Chapter 5. A Thin Line Between Love and Crime

Chapter 6. Coming Together While Standing Apart

Chapter 7. The Road to Stonewall



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