3. Why did the activists organize a Saturday night street party?

Steeped in Marxist thought, some of the organizers despised the Oxford Street scene. They claimed that the over-priced gay bars ripped off their customers, contained them in a ‘gay ghetto’ and diffused gay lib’s critiques of mainstream society. Others wanted to engage the ‘apolitical homosexuals’ in their struggle. GSG extended the International Day of Gay Solidarity to a conversation with the ‘apolitical’ bar queens and dykes. They wanted to show them there were alternatives to the bars.

Authors: Gavin Harris and John Witte.

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