Edward Sagarin

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1913 – 1986

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Who was Edward Sagarin?

Edward Sagarin, also known by his pen name Donald Webster Cory, was an American professor of sociology and criminology at the City University of New York, and a writer. His book The Homosexual in America: A Subjective Approach, published in 1951, was considered "one of the most influential works in the history of the gay rights movement," and inspired compassion in others by highlighting the difficulties faced by homosexuals.

He was titled "father of the homophile movement" for asserting that gay men and lesbians deserved civil rights as members of a large, unrecognised minority. However, Vern L. Bullough believes the title is undeserved as Sagarin did not actively participate in resistance and did not join any homophile organisations until 1962, a time when he was seeking a topic to analyse in his thesis.

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Born
Sep 18, 1913
Schenectady
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • City University of New York
  • New York University
  • City College of New York
Died
Jun 10, 1986
New York

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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