What connections can you make between the ideas and themes in “Howl” and today’s protests?

W5: The “Howl” of the futureThe lecture and readings this week takes us from early gay rights organizations that stressed assimilation and cooperation to, in just 15 years, out right rebellion and protest. The curve in terms of response to repression was very short and the two responses were opposite.
How does “Howl” represent the changing response to repression from the 1950s to the present? What connections can you make between the ideas and themes in “Howl” and today’s protests?
Why was the novel, The Price of Salt so important both today and in the past? How has representation of GLBT changed in the last 50 years in literature, media and film?