When we talk about about gay liberation and gay rights in the United States, it's easy to over-simplify the history with a series of bullet points:
But historian Jim Downs says that narrative is incomplete — and oversimplifies a complex movement that included gay religious groups, the gay press and a strong connection to black civil rights.
Jim Downs, associate professor of history at Connecticut College and a fellow at Harvard University. His new book is "Stand By Me: The Forgotten History Of Gay Liberation." He tweets @jimdowns1.
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