In the contemporary era, gay and lesbian activism is part of the intersectional LGBTQ+ community, but this wasn't always so. This book explains why the need for the fight for nonheteronormative rights emerged in the nineteenth century. It goes into how the fight itself began to pick up steam in the 1950s and '60s as small groups of radicals grew into a national movement for social justice. Activists across the LGBTQ+ spectrum confront police and government officials, join forces with labor and civil rights struggles, and help reshape the modern world.
Chapter 1. The Days of Passionate Friendship
Chapter 2. The Love that Dare Not Speak its Name
Chapter 3. Storm Clouds Gather Before the Rainbow
Chapter 4. From Special Friends to Brothers in Arms
Chapter 5. A Thin Line Between Love and Crime
Chapter 6. Coming Together While Standing Apart
Chapter 7. The Road to Stonewall