1st Edition

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

ISBN 9780415802451
Published April 9, 2009 by Routledge
332 Pages 57 B/W Illustrations

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Book 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




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 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



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