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Tag Archives: The Gay Revolution

A Reflection On Growing Up In The Gay Revolution

by Lisa Nielson, Anisfield-Wolf SAGES Fellow at Case Western Reserve University.I was taking an internet break from my pile of books in the National Library of Jerusalem this summer when a news article caught my eye. It reported the Jerusalem Pride Parade was going to kick off in about four hours -- at 6 p.m. July 21, 2016 -- in a park not far from where I was living. A year earlier, an ultra-orthodox fanatic stabbed six people at the march. One of the victims, Shira Banki, was 16 when she died. This time, the police were taking no chances. They blocked streets so participants could only join from certain points; they kept counter-protesters off the parade route and they prevented the family of the young girl’s killer from coming to Jerusalem.Participants at the Jerusalem Pride Parade... Read More →

“Very Heartfelt And Intellectual”: College Students Reflect On Lillian Faderman

Photo by Donn R. NottageWhen Lillian Faderman spoke at the City Club of Cleveland this September, she ably distilled her ample Anisfield-Wolf winning history, “The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle,” into a half-hour presentation with 20 minutes of questions. Her audience was diverse, and several members expressed awe over a 76-year-old pioneer who came out as a lesbian in 1956.Among the listeners were 14 young adults enrolled in a seminar on philanthropy in America -- all first-year students at Case Western Reserve University.“Lillian Faderman has long been a hero of mine and her work has informed my own research on early modern women,” said their professor, Barbara Burgess-Van Aken. She called her decision to bring the class “a shamelessly selfish choice which I... Read More →
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