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Because the Seventies, a key target of lesbian and homosexual activists has been safety opposed to road violence, specifically in homosexual neighborhoods. in the course of the similar time, policymakers and personal builders declared the containment of city violence to be a best precedence. during this very important e-book, Christina B. Hanhardt examines how LGBT demands "safe house" were formed by way of broader public safeguard projects that experience sought strategies in policing and privatization and feature had devastating results alongside race and sophistication traces. Drawing on large archival and ethnographic examine in manhattan urban and San Francisco, Hanhardt strains the entwined histories of LGBT activism, city improvement, and U.S. coverage relating to poverty and crime over the last fifty years. She highlights the formation of a mainstream LGBT circulate, in addition to the very varied trajectories through radical LGBT and queer grassroots enterprises. putting LGBT activism within the context of moving liberal and neoliberal rules, secure house is a groundbreaking exploration of the contradictory legacies of the LGBT fight for defense within the urban.

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2 Indeed, the War on Poverty was the scene for many negotiations between radicalism and liberalism in the late years of the civil rights movement, and Central City activists’ efforts to analogize sexuality to race reflected many of the same contradictions — such as between calls for the end to an unjust market economy and the opportunity for greater participation; between an indictment of the police and a call for their protection; between the goal of freedom and that of equality; between claims for the group and those for the individual.

And during these same years, Vanguard, a group of youth active in downtown street economies, mobilized those who lived on the fringes of urban policy and homophile organizing. None of these campaigns took violence as their primary point of challenge. Yet their focused critiques of abusive policing and profit-­oriented development — rather than street crime, a key target of gay activism in the following decades — meant that accusations of violence were more consistently directed at what they called dominant society than at private individuals.

13 The neighborhood was home to a growing number of Filipino families as well as many who depended on single room occupancy housing, such as elderly people and male dockworkers — ranging from longshoremen to merchant marines.

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