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Radical Visions, Tangible Wins

Radical Visions, Tangible Wins

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Historian Martin Duberman asks a provocative question in his soon to be released book, “Has the Gay Movement Failed?” To use the construct that Duberman employs in exploring this question, which is that broadly speaking the movement is divided between radicals, as represented by the early 1970s Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and […]

Kick Out the Jams  

Kick Out the Jams  

BY MICK MEENAN | Like a tightening tourniquet, a racial color line crosses the Bronx in the 1960s, whites to the north, African Americans and Latinos to the south. A pudgy, headstrong Jewish kid with long hair, a pixie smile, and Talmudic expertise with rock lyrics mans a picket line. Emmett Till’s mutilated face sticks in […]

A Radical Voice Rekindles the Spirit of June 1969

A Radical Voice Rekindles the Spirit of June 1969

Remarks from Martha Shelley, a participant in the Stonewall Rebellion and a founder of the Gay Liberation Front, at the September 20 press conference announcing plans to press for creation of a national park anchored on the vicinity of the Christopher Street bar at the heart of the action in June 1969: I’m Martha Shelley and […]

The Trouble With Lenny

The Trouble With Lenny

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | The publication of “The Leonard Bernstein Letters” by Yale University Press is an event of considerable importance — providing insight into both an artistic original and broader cultural themes, as well. What editor Nigel Simeone has assembled in this volume — which includes missives from friends and collaborators, Aaron Copland, Jerome Robbins, […]