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The Ambivalence of Gay Liberation: Male Homosexual Politics in 1970s West Germany

Craig Griffiths


This book explores ways of thinking, feeling, and talking about homosexuality in the 1970s, an influential decade sandwiched between the partial decriminalization of sex between men in 1969, and the arrival of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the early 1980s. Moving beyond divided Cold War Berlin, this book also shines a light on the scores of lesser-known West German towns and cities that were home to a gay group by the end of the 1970s. Yet gay liberation did not take place only in activist meetings and on street demonstrations, but also on television, in magazine editorial offices, ordinary homes, be ... More

Keywords: gay liberation, ambivalence, pride, shame, German history, LGBT, 1968, Stonewall, history of sexuality, queer history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198868965
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198868965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Griffiths, author
Senior Lecturer in Modern History, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK