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LGBT History Discovery by Drexel Researcher Brings Veteran’s Life Story to Light

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown 149-page manuscript defending homosexuality. The scholars have also documented the remarkable life of its author, a gay Jewish World War II veteran, Mr. Allen Bernstein. In advance of National Coming Out Day, October 11, during LGBT History Month, the document was published with supporting analyses on OutHistory.org. Included are Mr. Bernstein’s original typed “MILLIONS” essay; a retyped, searchable version of the essay; Katz’s historical analysis of the essay; a brief biography of Mr. Bernstein by Drexel University’s Dr. Randall Sell; and an introduction to all these works. Dr. Sell, an associate professor of community health and prevention at the Drexel University School of Public Health, found the manuscript in 2010 while searching the National Library of Medicine for the earliest uses of the term “queer” in reference to homosexuality. As a public health researcher whose specialty includes measuring and estimating population prevalence of homosexuality, Sell was particularly intrigued by the document’s title, “MILLIONS OF QUEERS.”

http://publichealth.drexel.edu/news/latest-news/2014/October/LGBT-history-discovery/