The 1971 manifesto expanded my civil rights perspective into a radical critique of heterosexism, male privilege and gender rolesThe Gay Liberation Front Manifesto was a revolution in consciousness when it was published in London in 1971, and it remains revolutionary today. It offers a radical critique of sexism and what we now call homophobia; as well as a pioneering agenda for social and personal transformation.Amazingly, it was not written by high-powered intellectuals but by a collective of grassroots activists, driven by idealism and passion for the betterment of queer humanity. They included anarchists, hippies, leftwingers, feminists, liberals and counter-culturalists. The final text was a compromise between these different factions – and it shows. Some of it reeks of writing by committee. In places, the language is dated and inelegant. Some ideas are expressed too simplistically. Often you have to read between the lines to comprehend the full implications of what is being said. But despite these shortcomings, the central theses stand the test of time. They remain fresh, innovative, challenging and inspiring; stratospheres above the frequent mediocrity of today’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender politics.I did not write the manifesto, but I was a GLF activist and involved in the …read more

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