Minnesota Burning

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Queer Twin CitiesQueer Twin Cities
by Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project
Univ. of Minnesota Press. 376 pages, $75. (paper $25.)

 

Crossing the BarriersCrossing the Barriers:
The Autobiography of Allan H. Spear

Univ. of Minnesota Press. 456 pages, $34.95

 

WHEN YOU THINK of the gay liberation movement, what state comes first to mind? California? New York? Massachusetts? Odds are, it probably isn’t Minnesota. Minnesota’s fascinating gay history reached its highest national profile in the late 1960’s and 70’s, thanks to the efforts of such pioneering activists as John Preston, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, Thom Higgins, Steve Endean, Representative Karen Clark, and Senator Allan Spear.

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