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Jim Downs
Associate Professor of History, Connecticut College

Jim Downs is the Andrew W Mellon New Directions Fellow at Harvard University and an associate professor of history at Connecticut College. His latest book is Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation (2016), and he has written for Time, The Huffington Post and The New York Times, among others.

Written by Jim Downs

Essay/
Human rights and justice
Red-hot gay marriage

Gay liberation didn’t begin with marches and political rallies, but with a revolution in thought

Jim Downs