Student Groups’ Formulation of Gay Liberation Identity in the 1970s: Part I

  • Patrick Dilley


The early Midwestern campus gay and lesbian student organizations stemmed from the impetus of Gay Liberation, along with the revolutionary ethos of radical social, student, and anti-war movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Although the origins of the college groups were born from revolution, the students involved, and the groups themselves, struggled both to support non-heterosexuals on campus and to challenge the dominant heteronormative paradigm of postsecondary education. This first of two chapters recounts the origins of gay and lesbian student organizing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, Indiana University, and the Ohio State University.


Gay Liberation Gay revolution Campus activism Student government Campus protest Gay and lesbian identity Dancing 

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  • Patrick Dilley
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  1. 1.Educational Administration and Higher EducationSouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA

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