Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation From the first high heel thrown at Stonewall to the last performance of the drag burlesque group the Cockettes, enter the wild days of the late '60s and early '70s with the individuals who lived them! Celebrating 40 years since the June 1969 Stonewall Riots, the essays, manifestos, artwork and photos in this anthology represent a group of radical activists who together formed the ranks of the Gay Liberation Movement.
"2, 4, 6, 8, Smash the Church, Smash the State!" was a rallying cry for many in those days, and the lesbians, gay men and transgenders whose stories are collected here were frequently involved in battling oppression on many fronts. For the first time together in one volume, these writers share unique perspectives, occasional regrets and changes of ideology, personal memories, and a celebration of the revolutionary spirit that shaped and guided the movement.
About the Contributing Author
Nicholas Frederick Benton is the founder, owner and editor-in-chief of the Falls Church News-Press, a weekly newspaper inside the Washington, D.C., beltway in Northern Virginia. Benton founded the newspaper in March 1991. It has won numerous awards, including being named “Business of the Year” twice (1991 and 2001), and cited for its “Business Contribution to the Community” (1997), all by the Falls Church, Virginia, City Council.
Benton played a significant role during the yearly years of the gay right movement. Benton graduated with a M.Div. with honors from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, Calif., in 1969. He was being considered for ordination as the first openly-gay minister in the United Church of Christ in 1970 when he removed himself from consideration, as he has written autobiographically, to take a more radical path. He became the co-founder of the Berkeley chapter of the Gay Liberation Front in 1970 and wrote the editorial for the first edition of the Gay Sunshine newspaper. He co-founded and published two editions of an alternative newspaper, The Effeminist, in 1973. From 1970 to 1973, he was a regular contributor to the Berkeley Barb. (booksense)