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             of the word porcine is a polite way of writing that the police were loudly
             called pigs in Chicago.
                Because the international press turned on the cops, because of the
             new awareness of live media coverage, and because of the chant to the
             media cameras “The Whole World Is Watching,” this 1968 people’s rebel-
             lion against the police was the activist model for the Stonewall rebellion
             ten months later in New York.
                Without anti-war defiance of the cops in Chicago in August 1968,
             Stonewall might not have happened in Greenwich Village in June 1969.
                In the zero degrees of separation and participation, I was living
             during this time of social trauma in and around Chicago. I wrote this
             article during the media frenzy of the “Chicago Seven” trial which ended
             February 20, 1970, eight days before this article was published after a
             last-minute edit update.
                In such a climate of big-government fascism, I witnessed gay libera-
             tion rise up as an avatar of personal freedom.
                If freedom to do what you want with your body is the ultimate politi-
             cal act, then Drummer was a sexual declaration of independence.
                My social activism in Chicago, where I earned my doctorate at Loyola
             University (1968), began in 1961 when I lived on the South Side at 63
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             and Cottage Grove working with the Woodlawn Organization at Holy
             Cross Parish, organized by the Reverend Martin Farrell, guided by Saul
             Alinsky and the NAACP, and marching — on one unforgettable occa-
             sion — with Martin Luther King, Jr. to a sit-in at Mayor Daley’s office
             where each of us was literally carried out bodily by the Chicago police. See
             the articles, “Bringing Christ to Woodlawn” by Frank E. Fortkamp (The
             Josephinum Review, October 23, 1963) and “The Church Mid-Decade
             and the Negro” by Jack Fritscher (The Torch, Volume 58, February 1965,
             New York).
                Some years later, another contributor to the gay press, John Preston,
             revealed he too had been working in the civil rights of race relations before
             he entered gay publishing. That, of course, was logical, because so many
             who became part of the GLBT civil rights movement were graduates of
             the struggle for Black civil rights.













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