Tom Brokaw's new history book, Boom!: Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today, is a 700-page tome on how the 60's affected our lives today. And it completely ignores us in our movements' most formative time period.
Definitely the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, and the second wave should be discussed in any history book about the 60's. And they are. But what about the first gay rights protest in 1965 in Philly, the transgender riots in SF, the development of gaystream media like The Advocate, the dissemination of the term "gay" over the previously popular yet medicalizing and insulting "homosexual", the start of the Gay Liberation Front, the Mattachine Society's and the Daughters of Bilitis's marches in Washington, the removal of homosexuality from the DSM (Brokaw's "1960's" go all the way up to '74), and, oh yeah, Stonewall? All got straight-washed right out of the book. The few references to "homosexuality" are sparse and shallow, according to one reviewer.
Whatever. I don't need Tom Brokaw to recognize our greatest generation to know about it. And I don't need to read about it in his history book to acknowledge the effort that a lot of brave people put forward so that we could move en masse out of the closet and into the spotlight.
But if someone writes a comprehensive book about the changes in that decade, then leaving us out is erasing, insulting, and, frankly, dishonest.