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Transnational Solidarity Networks in the Era of Gay Liberation: The Making of Gay Communities in North America (1970s-1980s)

Start Date and Time:

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 4:00PM

End Date and Time:

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 5:30PM


Juan Carlos Mezo González

This talk discusses the relationship between the gay press and gay liberation movements in North America throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. The talk traces how international solidarity efforts and the need to “build community” in order to advance gay liberation politics fueled gay activists’ “desire to connect” in the post-Stonewall era. The discussion is centered around two (interconnected) networks that brought together people working with Toronto’s gay periodical The Body Politic (1971-1987), San Francisco’s Gay Sunshine (1971-1982), Boston’s Gay Community News (1973-1999), Mexico City’s Política Sexual and Nuestro Cuerpo (1979), as well as academics, activists, intellectuals, and other people based in the U.S. and Mexico throughout the period covered in the study.


  • Centre for the Study of the United States (CSUS)

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