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GLN Reading Group on LGBT History

To deepen our understanding of LGBT history with an idea of making us better activists, the Gay Liberation Network is initiating a reading/discussion group on LGBT history. The first session, on "Homosexuality Before the Modern Age," will be at 7 PM, Thursday, March 22nd at the Gerber Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville, Chicago. Possible future sessions include:

"Early Gay and Lesbian Activism in Europe and the United States"

"The Stonewall Rebellion and its Impact"

"The Empire Strikes Back: Anita Bryant & the 'Save Our Children' Campaign"

"ACT-UP and the Battle Against AIDS"

"Matthew Shepard & Violence Against LGBT People"

"Gays and the Democratic Party"

"Possibilities and Problems in Marriage Rights Activism"

The schedule and topics of these subsequent sessions will be set by the participants at the first meeting on March 22nd.

The core readings for the first session on March 22nd are:

Barry D. Adam, The Rise of a Gay and Lesbian Movement, pp 1-16

John D'Emilio, Making Trouble, Chapter 1, "Capitalism and Gay Identity," pp 3-16

Supplemental readings for March 22nd are:

David F. Greenberg, The Construction of Homosexuality

Jonathan Boswell, Same Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe

Bret Hinsch, Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China, pp 1-14

For more information on the reading/discussion group, or to obtain some of the readings, please call Andy at 773.209.1187.


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