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By Michael G. Long

Contrary to renowned notions, today’s LGBT circulation didn't commence with the Stonewall riots in 1969. lengthy ahead of Stonewall, there has been Franklin Kameny (1925–2011), essentially the most major figures within the homosexual rights flow. starting in 1958, he inspired homosexual humans to include homosexuality as ethical and fit, publicly denounced the government for with the exception of homosexuals from federal employment, brazenly fought the military’s ban opposed to homosexual women and men, debated psychiatrists who depicted homosexuality as a psychological affliction, pointed out attempt circumstances to strengthen civil liberties throughout the federal courts, acted as counsel to numerous homosexuals soreness state-sanctioned discrimination, and arranged marches for homosexual rights on the White condo and different public associations. In homosexual is nice, lengthy collects Kameny’s traditionally wealthy letters, revealing a few of the early stirrings of today’s politically robust LGBT movement.
These letters are energetic and colourful simply because they're in Kameny’s inimitable voice—a voice that used to be constantly loud, echoing via such locations because the Oval workplace, the Pentagon, and the British Parliament, and sometimes shrill, piercing to the federal service provider heads, army generals, and media personalities who obtained his numerous letters. This quantity collects nearly a hundred and fifty letters from 1958 to 1975, a severe interval in Kameny’s existence within which he advanced from a sufferer of the legislation to a vocal opponent of the legislation, to the voice of the legislations itself. lengthy situates those letters in context, giving old and biographical facts in regards to the topics and occasions concerned. Gay Is Good will pay tribute to an suggest whose tireless efforts created an incredible shift in social attitudes and practices, major the best way towards equality for the LGBT community.

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