This essay considers the founding, development, and dissolution in San Francisco of the Gay Latino Alliance, one of the first organizations of its kind in the nation, and examines how its members negotiated the racial, gender, and sexual politics of the period. It discusses specifically the coming together of GALA’s founders, GALA’s negotiation between the “Latino” and “gay” social and political cultures, and GALA’s dissolution in the midst of gender and sex conflicts. To explore the intersectional dynamics of their racial, sexual, and gendered work and leisure, the essay relies partly upon surviving documents and heavily upon the memories of former GALA members. It tracks members’ efforts to forge a new politics of change in the 1970s and early 1980s and their struggle for community.
- LGBT History,
- San Francisco,
- Oral History
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/horacio_roqueramirez/3/