PHOTO: (click photo to enlarge) back cover of Jack Nichols biography includes a blurb of Thomas Kraemer's book review of J. Louis Campbell III, "Jack Nichols, gay pioneer: 'have you heard my message?'" New York: Harrington Park Press, 2007 (Oregon State University library owns a copy). See previous posts OSU Nichols book and Trans Awareness Week (1/16/08) and Jack Nichols book reviews (5/9/07).
PHOTO: cover of book by J. Louis (Jeter Louis) Campbell III (1946), "Jack Nichols, gay pioneer: 'have you heard my message?'" Harrington Park Press (Haworth Press), 2007 -- Oregon State University Valley Library OASIS card catalog number HQ75.8.N53 C36 2007 -- A Google searchable version is now available for the book by J. Louis Campbell, "Jack Nichols, Gay Pioneer: "Have You Heard My Message?" Routledge, 2006 (see "Thomas Kraemer" references on p. xiii and p. unnumbered)
"CONTRIBUTES MUCH NEW KNOWLEDGE about the Twentieth Century gay liberation movement. It is solidly based on unpublished interviews compiled by the author shortly before Nichols died in 2005. Campbell tells the inspirational story of how a self-educated queer boy grew up to achieve an impressive records of 'firsts' as a gay rights activist from the pre-Stonewall Era to the Internet Age. In the 1960s, along with Dr. George Weinberg and homophile activist Frank Kameny, Nichols first challenged the psychiatric dogma that homosexuality is a sickness. Nichols achieved national recognition with his 'Homosexual Citizen' columns for SCREW and as an editor of GAY. His books and Web publication attracted readers worldwide, including those interested in male liberation and gender identity politics. Campbell's exhaustive bibliography is also fun to read because it lists the bawdy headlines written by SCREW Editor Al Goldstein for Nichols' columns. . . . INVALUABLE TO FUTURE RESEARCHERS. . . . An essential acquisition for every LGBT collection.
-- Thomas Kraemer, Founder of the Oregon State University Foundation, Magnus Hirschfeld Fund for sexual orientation and gender identity research" (Quoted from Thomas Kraemer's advance review as posted on Haworth.com May, 2007)
I got to know Jack Nichols quite well as an occasional contributor to his Gay Today online publication. For links to all of the pieces I wrote for him, along with some of my notes, see my previous post Jack Nichols Gay Today Archive (9/12/09) and below:
PHOTO: (left to right) Dr. Frank Kameny, Jack Nichols, and Dr. George Weinberg being honored as Grand Marshalls of New York City's 2004 Heritage of Pride Parade.
Starting in the late 1990's, Jack Nichols edited the online publication GayToday.com until shortly before his death early in 2005. (See Search GayToday Archives - February 1997 to 2004 and my previous post Jack Nichols 1938-2005 (9/5/06))
I got to know Jack Nichols quite well as an occasional contributor. For my own notes, links to all of the pieces I wrote for him are listed below with my annotation:
- 51 Gay Bashing Speeches at the Republican Convention - September 13, 2004 - Gavel to gavel coverage. It is painful to look back at the Bush era. I am not sure if the Obama era will be much better, but my hopes are high it will be.
- 18 Gay Speeches at the Democratic Convention - August 09, 2004 - Gavel to gavel coverage.
- Jack Baker & Michael McConnell: Lunatics or Geniuses? - June 21, 2004 - Jack Baker was the first person to bring a gay marriage lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court. (See my previous post Life Magazine gay marriage 1971 (11/20/08))
- The O'Franken Factor - May 24, 2004 - Review of Al Franken's radio show. Al Franken went on to become a U.S. Senator from Minnesota in 2009. (See my previous post NBC says Republican is Democrat (4/3/08))
- 'Separate but Equal?' Scrutinizing Oregon's Marriage Law - March 22, 2004
- David Benkof, Formerly Known as David Bianco - January 05, 2004 - Another ex-gay conversion. Benkof continues to be in the news masquerading as being a gay activist who supports conservative positions. (See my previous posts Oy! David Benkof not ex-gay (2/15/09) and David Benkof is a fraud (6/7/08))
- Why Do Ex-Gays Matter? - December 08, 2003 - Discussion about Wayne Besen's "Anything but straight" book.
- Society and the Healthy Homosexual - November 10, 2003 - Review of Dr. George Weinberg's famous book that popularized the term homophobia. Dr. Weinberg was so pleased with this piece that he called me up and we talked for over an hour. He is a fascinating man. (See my previous post George Weinberg homophobia book 1972 (12/6/08))
- 'Separate but Equal?' Scrutinizing the Sodomy Decision - July 07, 2003 - Implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's sodomy decision on gay rights.
- Psychiatry, Pedophilia and Voodoo - June 16, 2003 - The DSM, homosexuality and pedophilia. (See my previous posts DSM-V mental disorder politics (12/27/08) and DSM V pedophilia, hebephilia, ephebophilia, teliophilia, gerontophilia (8/22/09))
- Foxy Family Values & Bachelor-Republican Politicians - June 02, 2003 - Bachelor as a code word for gay.
- SARS vs. AIDS and 'Free Love' - May 26, 2003 - Similarity between the moral panics of SARS, AIDS and free love.
- Psychology Today Promotes Queer Alien Sex and Ex-Gays - May 05, 2003 - Psychology Today editor's gay bashing continued. (See my previous post Ex-gays in "Scientific American" again (5/29/09))
- Dear Cal Thomas, Liberty Starts at Home! - April 14, 2003 - Reply to Cal Thomas' reasons to keep the sodomy laws.
- I Have More Fun With You Than Anybody - March 10, 2003 - Review of Jack Nichols' famous book.
- A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality - December 23, 2002 - Joseph Nicolosi's propaganda book promoting ex-gay reparative therapy.
- Something is Queer about Psychology Today - November 4, 2002 - Psychology Today editor's gay bashing continued.
- Psychology Today Editor's Justifications Mislead - October 28, 2002 - Psychology Today editor supports ex-gay therapy.
- Does Being Molested as a Child Make One Gay? - September 30, 2002 - Letter to the editor.
One of Jack Nichols' best friends was Randy Wicker. Jack had me write a piece on Randy, but Jack's health forced him to stop work before it was published. For a draft, see my previous post Randolfe Wicker's plea for gay rights in "Newsweek" July 30, 1962 (4/15/06).
See my previous postings:
- Jack Nichols 1938-2005 (9/5/06)
- Jack Nichols book reviews (5/9/07)
- Jack Nichols biography is out (10/6/07)
- Jack Nichols book reviews (10/17/07)
- Jack Nichols amazon.com review (10/20/07)
- OSU Nichols book and Trans Awareness Week (1/16/08)
- Jack Nichols, Gay Pioneer" biography (3/19/08)
- OSU Jack Nichols book binding (9/18/08)