LGBT Political Cul-de-sac: Make a U-Turn

by Sherry Wolf
  1. A controversial and non-political HRC-sponsored Millennium March on Washington for Equality took place on April 30, 2000. This music concert and marketing fair was boycotted by Pride at Work, NGLTF, National Association of Black and White Men Together, as well as virtually every other progressive and left-wing gay organization and publication for being a “a profit-making business enterprise masquerading as a lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender civil rights rally.” HRC executive director Elizabeth Birch said of the “march”: “For a lot of people who dreamed of a different kind of world, the very notion that the Human Rights Campaign was involved in calling for this march was an anathema.” Quoted in Joshua Gamson, “Whose Millennium March?”, Nation, March 30, 2000.
  2. Quoted in W.E.B. DuBois, Black Reconstruction in America 1860–1880(New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999), 299.
  3. John Lauritsen and David Thorstad, The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864–1935) (Ojai, California: Times Change Press, 1995), 11.
  4. Ibid., 68.
  5. See Igor S. Kon, The Sexual Revolution in Russia(New York: Free Press, 1995) and Gregory Carleton, Sexual Revolution in Bolshevik Russia(Pittsburgh: Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2005) for examples of a few of the more trenchant attacks on these gains. See Dan Healey, Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia:The Regulation of Sexual and Gender Dissent (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001) for excellent, never-before-published material on the revolution and homosexuality.
  6. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down all sodomy laws in a 6–3 vote in Lawrence et al v. Texason June 26, 2003.
  7. Lauritsen and Thorstad, 71–73.
  8. Ian Lumsden, Machos, Maricones, and Gays: Cuba and Homosexuality (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996), Chapter 3.
  9. D’Amato, “Race and Sex in Cuba,” International Socialist Review Issue 51, January–February 2007, 57.