9780465032709-0465032702-Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation

Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation

ISBN-13: 9780465032709
ISBN-10: 0465032702
Edition: 1
Author: Downs, Jim
Publication date: 2016
Publisher: Basic Books
Format: Hardcover 272 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780465032709
ISBN-10: 0465032702
Edition: 1
Author: Downs, Jim
Publication date: 2016
Publisher: Basic Books
Format: Hardcover 272 pages

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Acknowledged authors Downs, Jim wrote Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation comprising 272 pages back in 2016. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0465032702 and 9780465032709. Since then Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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From a prominent young historian, the untold story of the rich variety of gay life in America in the 1970s
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 inherent in the so-called "gay lifestyle".

In Stand by Me, the acclaimed historian Jim Downs rewrites the history of gay life in the 1970s, arguing that the decade was about much more than sex and marching in the streets. Drawing on a vast trove of untapped records at LGBT community centers in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia, Downs tells moving, revelatory stories of gay people who stood together--as friends, fellow believers, and colleagues--to create a sense of community among people who felt alienated from mainstream American life.

As Downs shows, gay people found one another in the Metropolitan Community Church, a nationwide gay religious group; in the pages of the Body Politic, a newspaper that encouraged its readers to think of their sexuality as a political identity; at the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore, the hub of gay literary life in New York City; and at theaters putting on "Gay American History," a play that brought to the surface the enduring problem of gay oppression.

These and many other achievements would be largely forgotten after the arrival in the early 1980s of HIV/AIDS, which allowed critics to claim that sex was the defining feature of gay liberation. This reductive narrative set back the cause of gay rights and has shaped the identities of gay people for decades.

An essential act of historical recovery, Stand by Me shines a bright light on a triumphant moment, and will transform how we think about gay life in America from the 1970s into the present day.
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