The Gay Liberation Front’s social revolution
The Gay Liberation Front (GLF) espoused a nonviolent revolution in cultural values and attitudes. It questioned marriage, the nuclear family, monogamy and patriarchy – as well as the wars in Vietnam and Ireland. Although against homophobic discrimination, GLF’s main aim was never equality within the status quo. We saw society as fundamentally unjust and sought to change it, to end the oppression of LGBTs — and of everyone else. …
The dissolution of straight male machismo was, we argued, the key to ending LGBT and female oppression. True human liberation could only be achieved by breaking down the rigidity of the gender system and ending its tyranny. This transformation was necessary to allow gender-variant people – both gay and straight – to live their lives freely, without stigma or shame. … ” — Peter Tatchell
Demonstration at City Hall, New York City, in support of gay rights bill “Intro 475” in April 1973. Left to right: Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, Barbara Deming, and Kady Vandeurs.
From the NYPL archives Diana Davies photographs, 1965-1978.