chapter  4
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Going Public: Star Wars in the Liberation Movements

In 1969, Dick Leitsch, executive director of the New York City chapter of the Mattachine Society, called for research into and publication of information about notable lesbian and gay men by members of the nascent gay liberation movement:

For Leitsch and like-minded comrades, a parade of accomplished cultural and political figures who could be identified as lesbian or gay offered psychological benefits for shame-ridden gay men and lesbians who were potential members of the movement. Awareness of these dead heroes would instill pride, which quickly became the watchword of the gay liberation program.