Stonewall Plus 7 – Part 2

Previously I posted the Seattle Gay News‘s trans-positive thoughts in the run-up to Pride 1976.

Here’s how Randy Shilts and the David Goodstein version of The Advocate managed to erase trans-everything from their seven-years-on reflection on Stonewall:

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If you’re keeping score, that was from the June 30, 1976, issue, page 6.

Yes, there were lesbians at Stonewall.

Yes, there were “effeminate gay men” at Stonewall.

But in erasing transsexuals and drag queens from the picture, Shilts painted a picture of himself for the historical record as little more than one of those “gay politicos” he appeared to be criticizing.

And in erasing transsexuals and drag queens from the picture, The Advocate ensured that, two decades later, a certain organization that had not yet even come into existence in 1976 would at least have a wad of convenient truthiness between its organizational cheek and gum while it told trans people that ‘more education is necessary’ in order for, well…, you know.

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