My paper explores how information regarding the plight of Chilean queers circulated within gay liberation’s transnational communication networks. It also examines the solidarity actions undertaken by gay liberationists located across the Anglo-American world. At the centre of my paper is a case-study of how activists in Toronto, Sydney, and Manchester responded to the homophobic violence of Pinochet’s regime in an interconnected and partially coordinated fashion. Communicating through periodicals and via correspondence, activists in these cities simultaneously lobbied national governments to take diplomatic action, demanded larger intakes of Chilean refugees, joined intersectional Chile solidary campaigns, and raised funds for anti-fascist movements based in South America. Ultimately, my paper challenges characterizations of gay liberation as increasingly disengaged with struggles against imperialism and state violence in the global south by the mid-1970s. It also calls on scholars to rethink the history and genealogy of what Joseph Massad and others have called "the gay international."
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