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                                  Chicago 7

                 Written February 1970 and published in Dateline:
                   Colorado, March 1970.
                 I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical Context written
                    December 12, 2001
                 II.  The feature essay as published in Dateline: Colorado,
                    March 1970
                 III. Eyewitness Illustrations

             I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction written
                December 12, 2001

                  How the Police Riot at the 1968 Democratic Convention
                        Facilitated the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion

             Years before Drummer, the 1960s alerted us to resist fascism and its police
             enforcers by using the newspapers and magazines to promote art, freedom
             of expression and sexual rights which all add up to our inalienable rights
             to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness decreed in the Declaration of
             Independence. Having freedom of speech at rallies, freedom of the press
             in gay publications, and freedom to assemble peaceably in gay bars and
             baths are freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitu-
             tion. As a professor in a university culture made volcanic by anti-Vietnam
             activism and a gay culture revolutionized by Stonewall, I wrote this “Chi-
             cago Seven” essay in February 1970 and it was published in March 1970 as
             an installment of my on-going media column for the monthly newspaper,
             Dateline: Colorado, Colorado Springs, edited by Reverend James Kane
             who was also the leather-priest Jim Kane who was several times featured
             in photographs in Drummer.
                During that time of social revolution, one might observe, that edi-
             tor Kane’s publishing of my columns on art, media, and politics was a
             subversive contribution to the traditional Catholic press made by me, a
             seminarian, who was once almost a priest, and him, a priest who was on
             the verge of leaving the priesthood. As it was, Jim Kane and I were vaca-
             tioning together and sleeping together having sex in an affair that lasted
             from 1968-1973, and in a friendship that crumbled but did not dissolve
             until 1989 when he was afflicted with senior dementia.
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