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Martin Duberman

A prolific writer, Martin Duberman has been writing books for more than 50 years. His work includes history, biography, plays, essays, and memoirs, and it has focused on issues of social justice, particularly involving race, class, and sexual identities. A pioneer in the field of lesbian and gay studies, he was one of the very first academics to come out publicly, which he did in his book, Black Mountain (1972). Duberman was on the founding board of the National Gay Task Force in 1973, and later was the founding director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. CLAGS became an important center for the exchange of research, writing, and innovative ideas about sexuality, where academics and community-based intellectuals and activists came together. Duberman’s best known works include the play, In White America (1963); a biography of the African American actor and activist, Paul Robeson (1988); Cures: A Gay Man’s Odyssey (1991), an autobiographical work; and Stonewall (1993). Educated at Yale and Harvard, Duberman began teaching at Lehman College, one of the city colleges of New York, in 1971, and is now a distinguished professor emeritus.