The Gay Liberation Youth Movement in New York: 'An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail', 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Gay Liberation Youth Movement in New York

'An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail', 1st Edition

By Stephan Cohen

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316 pages | 57 B/W Illus.

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Description

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

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

Archives

Bibliography

About the Author

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

About the Series

Studies in American Popular History and Culture

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS036000
HISTORY / United States / General
SOC012000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies