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Howard Malchow

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773997

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773997.001.0001

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Coming Out and Coming Together: Anglo-American Gay Liberation

Coming Out and Coming Together: Anglo-American Gay Liberation

(p.216) Chapter 9 Coming Out and Coming Together: Anglo-American Gay Liberation
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This chapter offers a detailed description on Anglo-American Gay Liberation. Gay Liberation was the third of the triad of militant late-1960s movements grounded in the retrieval and affirmation of the self. The challenge to conventional psychological diagnosis and therapy by R. D. Laing was the Anglo-American counterculture's most explicit legacy to the gay movement. The Gay Liberation movement in the States and, recently, in Britain, has attached onto Black Power rhetoric while investigating a separatism that was motivated by the logic of identity politics and a defensive reaction to the prejudice. Gay Lib in London closely covered and replicated tactics and modes of the New York, L.A., and San Francisco movements. It is observed that the reconstruction of the gay self in the late twentieth century was as much a matter of “performance discourse” as manifesto argument and political lobbying.

Keywords:   Anglo-American Gay Liberation, R. D. Laing, Anglo-American counterculture, Gay Liberation movement, London, New York, San Francisco

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