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Posted November 11, 2005
Vern¿s introduction credited me with suggesting that he replace Wayne Dynes, after Dynes resigned, as the editor of Before Stonewall. I¿m that happy that John De Cecco, the editor at Haworth, accepted my suggestion. John, who has edited the Journal of Homosexuality and a number of other Haworth Journal and series, is beyond question the most important gay editor since Magnus Hirschhfeld. He has made the Journal the place of record for gay studies, and Vern Bullough, with over fifty books to his credit is also the leading living historian of sex. Both of those scholars have braved the slings and arrows of the religious right, the child abuse industry, and others suffering from sexual panic. They did a splendid job on this much needed work, which contradicts the present- minded, now the vast majority of the gay rights movement, who maintain that nothing significant happened before Stonewall. I believe that someone should do a sequel ¿ a book that would devote chapters to the most significant scholars and activists in the next generation, that is to those who took the lead after 1969, until the date when AIDS became significant enough to end Gay Liberation and sexual laissez-faire, which had dominated our movement after Stonewall. The terminal date of such a book should be during the early 1980¿s ¿ I¿m not sure which year. What was first dubbed GRID ¿ Gay Related Immunity Deficiency ¿ in 1979 or 80, became Karposi syndrome before it became AIDS.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2002
Before Stonewall is a book of biographies of men and women who worked in the civil rights movement for homosexual citizens. By reading the biographies, and the short introduction to each era, you also get a history of this movement that is found no where else in print. It covers the start in Southern California. And it helps to read most or all of the biographies/chapters as most relate to someone or events covered in another chapter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.