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View Diary: A Meditation on the LGBT Rights Movement in Honor of Harvey Milk (35 comments)

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  •  Now that I'm finished republishing it (16+ / 0-)

    Thank you for writing this, Bob. I'm glad we were able to prod you to write this (it's magnificent) and I'm glad I was able to help. The thing about history and memory is that sometimes they don't agree with each other. I came out in 1971. I watched the same things you did, and I reached the same conclusions about them that you reached, so no conflict at all.

    Very, very well done, my friend!

    •  Thanks Dave! (7+ / 0-)

      I hope you noticed that I also referenced another of your reading recommendations (the first one I took from you, if I'm not mistaken).

      Indeed, memory and history as reported don't always agree. In fact many of the conflicts reported in "Out for Good" are not ones I recall being aware of.

      The reverse aspect is something I've remarked on before: perhaps because, until relatively recently, the community of people who were relatively "out" and active has been a relatively small one. Many of the people who've been active in the public sphere have been people I (and no doubt you as well) knew at least somewhat on a personal level. Particularly during the time I lived in DC I had the opportunity to interact socially with people like Frank Kameny, Vic Basile, Jeff Levi and the late Melvin Boozer, all of whom were involved in one or another of the the organizations mentioned in this diary. The small town effect of living in a city like DC (or for that matter San Francisco) is not dissimilar to being both out and active and at least somewhat politically aware. You get the sense that everyone knows everyone else.

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