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The Emergence of Gay Rights in the 1970s
Start Date: 5/6/2013Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 5/6/2013End Time: 8:30 PM

Event Description:
The series, Conflicting Conceptions of Justice in the 1970s, will include artists, activists and scholars who will share their views in lectures and discussion throughout the winter and spring of 2013. Each lecture will comprise a presentation of approximately 45 minutes followed by 45 minutes of Q&A with the audience. The presentations are as stimulating as they are informative, while the discussion segments engage the audience actively and provide an opportunity for the speakers to expound on their ideas.

May 6: The Emergence of Gay Rights in the 1970s 
Speaker: Allen Young

Allen Young, received an undergraduate degree in 1962 from Columbia College, Columbia University.  He earned a Masters of Arts degree in 1963 from Stanford University in Hispanic American and Luso-Brazilian Studies --- becoming fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.   He earned a Masters of Science degree in 1964 from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism . After receiving a Fulbright Award in 1964, he spent three years in Brazil, Chile and other Latin American countries, contributing numerous articles to the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor and other periodicals.

After the Stonewall Riots in New York City, Young became involved in the Gay Liberation Front. During the second half of 1970 he lived in the Seventeenth Street collective with Carl Miller, Jim Fouratt, and Giles Kotcher where he was involved in producing Gay flames. Young wrote frequently for the gay press, including The Advocate, Come out!, Fag Rag, and Gay Community News among others. His 1972 interview with Allen Ginsberg, which first appeared in Gay Sunshine  is often reprinted and translated.  When he had travelled in Cuba he met with and empathized with the many gay people in Cuba who were excluded from the fruits of the Revolution because of the anti-gay policies of the Castro regime.  After coming out as a gay man, he could no longer maintain the contradiction of supporting a “socialist anti-imperialist” nation while recognizing its unfair treatment of its gay citizens.Young has edited four books with Karla Jay including the ground breaking anthology Out of the Closets
Location Information:
New Building - New Building  (View Map)
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY
Room: L.63
John Jay College

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