We Were There! A Gay Presence at the Democratic Convention.

Unpaginated (13 leaves) booklet containing a long-form poem about the experience of a gay man traveling to and attending the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami. Not illustrated. Three holograph notations by Wieners in red ink to title page, including a signature. 4to. Staples paper wrpps., illustrated mimeographed front cover and plain paper back cover. A few small marginal tears to front cover, back cover detached from staples. Boston (The Good Gay Poets) 1972.

John Wieners was a Beat poet, member of the San Francisco Renaissance, and an antiwar and gay rights activist. The 1972 Democratic National Convention which he traveled to had what has been named the most liberal platform ever adopted by a major political party in the United States, calling for immediate withdrawal from Vietnam, amnesty for war resisters, the abolition of the draft, a guaranteed job for all Americans, and a guaranteed family income above the poverty line. Major influences on the platform included feminism and the gay rights movement. A coalition of gay rights groups at the convention drew up their own proposed (and rejected) platform which proposed the repeal of laws against gay marraige. Scarce institutionally. Book ID: 48983

Price: $600.00