1st Edition

The Gay Liberation Youth Movement in New York 'An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail'

By Stephan Cohen Copyright 2008
    332 Pages 57 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    Between 1966 and 1975 North American youth activists established over 35 school- and community-based gay liberation youth groups whose members sought control over their own bodies, education, and sexual and social relations. This book focuses on three groundbreaking New York City groups -- Gay Youth (GY), Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), and the Gay International Youth Society of George Washington High School (GWHS) -- from the advent of gay liberation in NYC in 1969 to just after its dissolution and the rise of identity politics by 1975. Cohen examines how gay liberation -- with its rejection of stultifying sex roles, attack on institutional oppression, connection between personal and political liberation, celebration of innate androgyny, and resolute anti-war and anti-capitalist stance -- shaped understandings of sexual identity, membership criteria, organization, decision-making, the roles of youth and adults, and efforts to effect social change.

    Table of Contents




    Chapter 1: Prior to Gay Liberation

    Chapter 2: Ideology and Practice

    Chapter 3: Gay Liberation Shapes Youth Activism

    Chapter 4: Gay Youth (GY)

    Chapter 5: Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.)

    Chapter 6: Gay International Youth Society of George Washington High School

    Appendix A: Gay Liberation Youth Groups - 1966 to 1975

    Appendix B: GAA Petition to Councilwoman Carol Greitzer

    Appendix C: "IN A WORLD OF DARKNESS"

    Appendix D: S.T.A.R. Activism

    Appendix E: GAA-Initiated Intro 475 Fall, 1971 Hearings Broach Transgender Concerns

    Appendix F: 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day

    Appendix G: Chronology of George Washington High School News Coverage




    Stephan Cohen received his PhD from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is an Assistant Professor at Lesley College.