Item #3859 Vanguard. Volume One, Number 10. Keith St. Clare.
Vanguard. Volume One, Number 10.
Vanguard. Volume One, Number 10.
Vanguard. Volume One, Number 10.

Vanguard. Volume One, Number 10.

San Francisco: Vanguard Publications, [1967]. Stapled self-wrappers printed in green and dark brown; yellow leaves printed in green, brown, red and black. Pp. [36]. Very good, with only light toning to wrapper edges.

This is an issue of an important magazine from the late 1960's gay liberation movement and especially its development in San Francisco. Founded by Jean-Paul Marat and Keith St. Clare, the magazine was the offshoot production of a group of the same name which sought to educate and politically organize LGBTQ+ youth in the Tenderloin district. The Vanguard group began its mission in 1965 and later became affiliated with Glide Church, but fell apart in early 1967 due to infighting; afterward, some members of the group came together again to form The Gay and Lesbian Center.

The magazine outlived the organization, and in many ways appears to have vastly expanded the original aims of the latter. This issue of the magazine in particular explicitly marks the ideological shift then occurring in the gay movement from homophile activism to gay liberation, and the necessity of proclaiming common cause with other liberation movements:

“We suspect that progress for the movement involves repairing legislation and opening public opinion, but the most central issue is the expansion of each of us as total people. Therefore, several dissident elements of the homophile community are deciding to publicly acclaim their dissatisfaction with this futile search for anonymity or ‘acceptance’ and to proclaim their personal freedom. By its very nature, the Vanguard hopes to remain near the spearhead of this probing dissatisfaction . . . We do feel that the homosexual group – as a minority faction – has an inherent similarity to other oppressed minorities and a collective interest in other minority rights activities. It behooves especially the more flagrant, outrageous homosexuals and those who don’t have any hangups about it to consistently become involved in the pursuit of individual rights not only for their immediate needs but also for the personal freedom of others.”

Although the magazine took a strong stance in favor of the new liberationist ideology, the editors maintained their commitment to “continue offering both the conformist and the radical an equal opportunity to express any literate opinion.” Not surprisingly, then, this issue featured articles, poems and essays (some reprinted from other publications) on topics ranging from police violence against the gay community to bisexuality, drug use, hippies, Black arts and culture, classical gay erotology, the meaning of love, and enlightenment. Also included are a humorous book review on oral sex purportedly written by a prudish librarian from Mississippi, an interview with Walter Bowart, editor of the East Village Other, and numerous advertisements for other gay publications, gay businesses, etc.

OCLC locates two holdings, at the University of Miami and the National Library of Australia, and we note one more, at the William Way LGBT Community Center. Very good. Item #3859

Price: $300.00

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