Post-1945 United States

The Yellow Star and the Pink Triangle: Judaism and Gay Rights in the 1970s

Gillian Frank Homosexuals cannot reproduce—so they must recruit, and to freshen their ranks, they must recruit the youth of America. – Anita Bryant In 1977, Anita Bryant became the face of a right wing religious coalition, Save Our Children (SOC). SOC, which was based in Dade County Florida, enshrined into national conservative politics […]

Rethinking Bussing in the 1970s: The Sexual Politics of School Integration in the United States

Gillian Frank In 1972 in the nearly all-white suburbs of Detroit, opponents of bussing used sexual slurs to characterize the federal judge—Stephen Roth—who ordered suburban school districts to integrate with Detroit’s predominantly black schools. Bumper stickers of the 1972 election cycle appended to cars proclaimed, ‘Judge Roth is a child-molester,’ ‘Roth, […]

Individual Freedom as Misappropriation: Race, Sexuality and the Use of Civil Rights History

Adam Shapiro T.J. Tallie’s post on this blog last week does an excellent job describing the problems with historical appropriation – especially of the ongoing struggles for African-American civil rights in the United States.  He rightly points out that the phrase “Gay Jim Crow” implies an equivalence between America’s long […]

The Gay Jim Crow – The legal history behind "religious freedom" to discriminate

Adam Shapiro Several US states, most notably Arizona have considered legislation to ensure the “religious freedom” of individuals and businesses who wish to exclude customers on the basis of their sexual orientation.  These bills don’t really signal a new change in the cultural or legal understanding of sexuality and sexual orientation in […]