Re: homosexuality in the peace movements (multiple posts)

Sun, 17 May 1998 11:51:02 -0400

From: Michael W Bibby <>


This sounds like a great diss., and it's *very* important work. A couple
of references come to mind, one you may already have considered, but
another is more a shot in the dark. The poet Robert Duncan--who was
openly gay during the 60s--was an outspoken opponent of the war and some
of his best work expressed his opposition to it. Although SF of the 60s
has become synonymous with hetero "free love," it had also been the center
of a burgeoning gay community since the 40s, which Duncan was very much a
part of.

The second one is, unfortunately, quite vague: When I was doing research
at the Vietnam War lit collection John Baky manages at La Salle University
I stumbled across a collection of antiwar poems by gay antiwar
activists. It was cheaply printed, underground ephemera--none of the
authors listed were readily known to me--but I didn't spend a lot of time
on it, since I was searching for other material at the time. I also
neglected to write down the reference info--but John might be able to
help you out, or you might make a visit to his collection.

Good luck!

Michael Bibby
Department of English
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 532-1723


the university of florida lesbian-gay union was organized in the fall of 1970
as a project (one of many) of a course in participatory democarcy taught by
myself and Ken Magill. he and i functioned as faculty advisors to the group
until we were fired in the spring of 1971. the union was very much an active
voice in the gainesville movement at that time and worked in coalition with
other groups on their activities too. i must say that i've lost track of the
students over the years, but right now i remember how proud i was of them and
their courage in coming out then in a time of general repression on the campus
and the area--not to mention every place else.

tom page, lecturer
poli sci
wichita state univ. 67260