ABSTRACT

Early on, our goals didn’t focus on specific legal reforms but on visibility. Millions of young gay men and women had grown up like I had, thinking they were “the only ones.” In 1970, you couldn’t find much on the subject of homosexuality, and most of it argued that gay people were sick, sinners, or criminals-or some combination of all three. Our small group of activists believed, I think correctly, that we’d eventually win if we could just force people to deal with an issue they desperately wanted to avoid.