Doug Ireland has an excellent article in Gay City News on SOCIALISM AND HOMOSEX: An Ohio State Historian Rediscovers an Important Slice of Gay History, presenting some important recent historical research on how the Socialist Party began working to decriminalize homosexuality and support laws prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians in the 1950s, BEFORE former Communist Harry Hay's Mattachine Society. It's an interesting look into the radical roots of gay liberation in the United States.
The Socialist Party USA went on to become the first U.S. political party to nominate a gay candidate for President (David McReynolds) in 1980.
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