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Gay Men and the Left in Post-war Britain: How the Personal Got Political

Lucy Robinson


This book demonstrates how the personal became political in post-war Britain, and argues that attention to gay activism can help us to rethink fundamentally the nature of post-war politics. While the Left were fighting among themselves and the reformists were struggling with the limits of law reform, gay men started organising for themselves, first individually within existing organisations and later rejecting formal political structures altogether. Gay activists intersected with Trotskyism, Stalinism, the New Left, feminism and youth movements. As the slogan of the Gay Liberation Front procla ... More

Keywords: gay activism, gay men, Trotskyism, Stalinism, New Left, feminism, youth movements, Gay Liberation Front, politics of sexuality, AIDS

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719074349
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucy Robinson, author