[Marxism] Query on CPUSA policy change on homosexuality

Adam Richmond adambrichmond at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 15 17:18:09 MDT 2009

Several years ago Political Affairs, the CP's magazine, featured Howard Wallace on its cover, a former Trot and a prominent gay activist.  They have also had interviews with Tony Kushner had other gay oriented content.


--- On Sun, 3/15/09, nada <dwaltersMIA at gmail.com> wrote:
From: nada <dwaltersMIA at gmail.com>
Subject: [Marxism]  Query on CPUSA policy change on homosexuality
To: "Adam Richmond" <adambrichmond at yahoo.com>
Date: Sunday, March 15, 2009, 8:50 AM

 Good luck with documentation on this question. I doubt it exists. When 
I was active in the P&F in the early 1980s, they still had a negative 
attitude toward homosexuality and members were still subject to 
expulsion. We used to "go after" the CP for this ignorant position of

theres. But...individual members would tell us openly (as in private) 
that they disagreed. By the late 1980s there was a low key discussion, 
on going, on a variety of issues including gay liberation. Many of the 
people that split/expelled from the CP to form the Committees of 
Correspondence (Gus Newport, Angela Davis, etc) were instrumental in 
changing the CP's positions prior to the split. The CP did not go 
backward after the CofC formed and continued to discuss these issues, as 
some young CPers who I worked with on the MIA told me.

David W.

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