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uallife, would not have been predicted by psychoanal–

ytic theory. Their "coming out" so clearly represents

an expressing of previously unexpressed sides of them–

selves, rather than a running from the problems of ma–

turity; and their lack of strain is so clearly conditioned

not by an inner dynamic, but by the availability of a

social alternative.)

At the same time, my happiness is all too plainly

conjunctural - had I been born 20 years sooner, I

would have reached this point, if at all, at 48 rather

than 28, that is, in 1970 or 1971 as I did in fact - for

it was Gay Liberation and not psychotherapy which

led to my happiness. And had circumstances not led

me into the radical movement, into close touch with

Women's Liberation, into an environment in which the

step into Gay Liberation was a fairly easy one, encour–

aged by my comrades - I might never have made this

step.

Finally, had I entered gay life in my teens, ten or

twelve years ago, I would have escaped from total iso–

lation into a closet society of my kind - but I would

not have found a truly healthy gay society: this could

not have existed then, could not exist until the gay

movement

began. And it still will not exist, for the

mass of gay people, until the society as a whole is

changed -and not by psychotherapy, but by the winds

of social revolt.

My

personal

happiness, unfinished as it is, required

a social movement as its prerequisite. And all over the

United States there are thousands in psychotherapy,

and millions more under the pervasive influence of

psychiatric dogma, who will never take the same steps

until they are reached, not by doctors, but by the idea

that it is possible to change their circumstances th rough

struggle.

As

Trotsky said of his comrade Adolf Yoffe,

several years in analysis and later an outstanding Bol–

shevik diplomat, "The revolution healed Yoffe better

than psychoanalysis of all his complexes."

tReprinted from

Gay Liberator)

COLOR PHOTOS

OF THE

ATROCITIES

poem-. by Kenneth Pitchford

(of which

"Homosexual Sonnets'",

pp. 7-10, and

"l 't;e Neva Been to Majorca'",

pp. 43-45, are part),

will he published in ihc Spring.

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THE EFFEMINIST

Notes for Gay Males

in the Feminist Revolution

We don't see that it is our purpose, role or presump–

tion to be telling people how to become liberated, or

how to pull off the revolution. We seek to address

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to people who are listening and partici–

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for the discovery of being queered-over in a straight/

queer society (alienated, one-sex oriented, male–

supremacist). We are into sharing and building lang–

uage toward, as Shulamith Firestone calls it, "some–

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