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Lavender and Red : Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left (Hardcover) (Emily K. Hobson)
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****** activism is often imagined as episodic: Stonewall Riots here, ACT UP there, with little to connect them in between.Lavender and Red reveals that ****** radicalism did not just survive the height of the 1960s but flourished through the end of the Cold War. Over more than two decades, activists built a gay and lesbian left that confronted imperialism, war, and racism. Emily K. Hobson locates the center of the gay and lesbian left in the San Francisco Bay Area, a place where sexual self-determination and revolutionary internationalism converged. Drawing on socialist and women of color feminism, activists envisioned sexual freedom beyond liberal or neoliberal rights. Crafting ****** opposition to militarism and the New Right, they organized for peace and justice in Central America and for direct action against AIDS. Gay and lesbian leftists defined sexual liberation through transnational solidarity and, by so doing, laid the groundwork of radical ****** politics today.Lavender and Red restores this history for a new generation of activists.