Gender, Social Movements, Social Problems

Past Tense: The First New York Pride March Was an Act of ‘Desperate Courage’

It wasn’t always feathers, floats and celebrities.

The Christopher Street Liberation Day March was held on June 28, 1970 — the first anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. “Thousands of young men and women homosexuals from all over the Northeast” participated, The Times reported, “proclaiming ‘the new strength and pride of the gay people.’”

By Andrew Solomon

June 27, 2019

When we hear of Pride marches today, we tend to think of fuss and feathers, of men more than half-naked waving from rainbow-hued, Lurex-draped parade floats, of Dykes on Bikes who gun their motors in defiance of gender norms, of waving gay and trans celebrities. They are fiestas that percolate through the cities and sometimes small towns of the developed world, as well as some parts of the rest of the world, and they mark the fact that gay people exist in numbers, provide documentary evidence that we have more fun and are more fabulous than anyone else, that we are gay in the old sense of the word. The drag queens and gender-nonbinary youth at such events can appear preoccupied with their own ecstatic exhibitionism.

But Pride was not always so unabashedly celebratory; for a long time, it was a radical assault on mainstream values, a means to defy the belief that homosexuality was a sin, an illness and a crime, that gay people were subhuman.

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Social Movements, Social Problems

Mapping American Social Movements Mapping American Social Movements through the 20th Century: digital project is assembling and sharing data and publishing visualizations about dozens of social movements that have influenced American life and politics during the 20th century, including radical movements, civil rights movements, labor movements, women’s movements, and more.

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Family, Social Movements, Social Problems, Socialization

Opinion: Parents and parenting American moms: let’s stop feeling guilty and start getting mad, by Katherine Goldstein. Even Planned Parenthood is mistreating its mothers in a country where they face discrimination and farcical expectations Wed 13 Feb 2019. Image: mother and child ‘Mothers today are doing just as much hands-on parenting as stay-at-home mothers did in the 1970s.’

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