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Carl Wittman
(February 23, 1943 - January 22, 1986) U.S.A.

Carl Wittman

Gay rights campaigner, folk dancer, and writer


Wittman was born and raised in New Jersey. He attended Swarthmore College where he became involved in the civil rights movement. In 1963 he became one of the leaders of the radical left-wing Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). In 1967 Wittman moved to San Francisco to work as a labour organiser. During this time he faced up to the leftist homophobia and came out in an antiwar publication.

Shortly before the Stonewall Rebellion he wrote Refugees from Amerika: A Gay Manifesto, which was printed on 22nd December, 1970 in San Francisco and all around the US in 1971. The article became a guide to gay activism and gay life, and was used in particular by the Gay Liberation Front. The manifesto was re-printed in Joseph A. McCaffrey, (1972), "The Homosexual Dialectic"

In 1974 he moved with his lover, Allan Troxler, to a commune in Wolf Creek, Oregon, where they published the magazine RFD. In 1981 he moved to Durham, North Carolina where he was as an environmental activist. He was also one of the founders of the Durham Gay and Lesbian Health Project. He died of AIDS-related complications.


Source: excerpts from: The Knitting Circle, U.K. - http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html

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