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Smash the Church, Smash the State!: The Early Years of Gay Liberation

by: Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Publisher: City Lights Publishers (2009)


Staff Pick by comrade: ER

Very easy to read and engaging! It is a compilation of stories of and about the people who were there during the early years of the radical queer civil rights movement in the 1960s and 70s. A great reminder that Stonewall wasn't the first time gays and trans folks resisted. Great history too about all the different political groups formed during that time. Gay Liberation Front, Homophile Action League, Radical Queens, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Third World Gay Revolution, Radicalesbians...and how they each got started, and how they worked together and in opposition to each other. A great historical compilation.