Doug Ireland’s Passion and Praxis



What follows is the introduction to a forthcoming collection of Doug Ireland’s essays, edited by the author of this piece, titled The Emperor Has No Clothes: Doug Ireland’s Radical Voice (Boerum Hill). The book is available at

Who was Doug Ireland, and why is he held in esteemed memory?  Martin Duberman’s latest book is Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS (New Press), a Finalist this year for both the Lambda and Randy Shilts Awards.


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