The Gay Manifesto

The Gay Manifesto, was, and remains, a pioneering document for the gay movement. Written shortly before the Stonewall Uprising in NYC in June of 1969, it laid out the revolutionary potential of the movement to challenge the power structure.

In reading it now, there are some things that stand out. One is his acknowledgement that the opinions are of a person informed by his homosexuality and who is “white, male, and middle class.” He goes on to say, “…it would be arrogant to presume this to be a manifesto for lesbians.” This political awareness of male chauvinism is not so unusual now, but in 1969 it was ahead of its time.