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A Gay Manifesto

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Creator:Wittman, Carl
Creator:University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division.
Title:A Gay Manifesto

Announces: “In the past year there has been an awakening of gay liberation ideas and energies. How it began we don’t knowmaybe we were inspired by black people and their freedom movementwe learned how to stop pretending from the hip revolution. Amerika in all its ugliness has surfaced with the war and our national leaders. And we are repulsed by the quality of our ghetto life.” Calls for: “1. Free ourselvescome out everywhereinitiate self-defense and political activityinitiate counter community institutions. 2. Turn other gay people ontalk all the timeunderstandforgiveaccept. 3. Free the homosexual in everyone. We’ll be getting a good bit of shit from threatened latentsbe gentle, and keep talking and acting free. 4. We’ve been playing an act for a long time, so we’re consummate actors. Now we can begin to be, and it’ll be a good show!” Background information: Carl Wittman (1943 - 1986) “was born and raised in New Jersey. He attended Swarthmore College where he became involved in the civil rights movement. In 1963 he became one of the leaders of the radical left-wing Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). In 1967 he moved to San Francisco to work as a labor organizer. Shortly before the Stonewall Rebellion he wrote ‘Refugees from Amerika: A Gay Manifesto,’ which was printed on 22nd December, 1970 in San Francisco and all around the U.S.A. in 1971. The article became a guide to gay activism and gay life, and was used in particular by the Gay Liberation Front.” ( Carl Wittman. The Knitting Circle. ) Note on date: 1971 is penciled on document.

Types:Pamphlets | Text
Subjects:Wittman, Carl | Gay rights--Washington (State)--Seattle | Civil rights--Washington (State)--Seattle | United States, Washignton, King County, Seattle, 47.6062095, -122.3320708
Collection:Vietnam War Era Ephemera Collection
Institution:University of Washington's Libraries
Contributors:University of Washington. Libraries. Special Collections Division
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