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John D'Emilio
(1948 - living) U.S.A.

John D'Emilio

Scholar and activist


Born in new York and educated at Columbia University, D'Emilio's early work focused on the struggle of minorities to gain recognition, as in his first book, The Civil Rights Struggle: Leaders in Profile (1979).

His groundbreaking Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, 1940-1970 (1983) was one of the first works to provide an analysis of the changes that took place in the US leading to the emergence of a gay political movement.

He was a founding member of the Gay Academic Union (1973), and Co.Chair, Board of Directors, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (1989-91). He spent time as a Research Fellow at the Australian National University in 1993.


Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001

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