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1964 -- first queer picket in NYC, about military?
by sf
Wednesday May 2nd, 2007 6:34 PM
Do it again?
To the queer communities of the
New York City area:

September 19, 2007, marks the 43rd anniversary of
the first known picketing for queer liberation in New York City -- and probably in the U.S.A.

"On September 19, 1964, ten women and men
(the majority of them heterosexual) picketed the
U.S. Army's induction center on Whitehall Street," according to historian Marcia M. Gallo
(DIFFERENT DAUGHTERS: a history of the Daughters of
Bilitis and the rise of the lesbian rights movement,
2006, chapter 6, page 111).

[ Please also see John Loughery, THE OTHER
SIDE OF SILENCE, pages 269-272. ]

During 1965, queer-rights pickets would spread
from NYC to Washington DC (April 17 onward),
Philadelphia (July 4th), and San Francisco (Sept. 26).

The September 1965 issue of THE LADDER carries
an article on picketing, by Kay (Tobin) Lahusen.

The first known queer picket was about
the military.
Could NYC area queers take up this issue again
in September 2007 ?
Perhaps at the Army induction center?

-- Save Freedom,
San Francisco

May 2007

savefreedom [at]

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