Indecent Advances: The Hidden History of Murder and Masculinity Before Stonewall
June 4th 2019
ISBN1640091890 (ISBN13: 9781640091894)
In his skillful hybrid of true crime and cultural history, James Polchin provides an important look at how popular culture, the media, and the psychological profession forcefully portrayed gay men as the perpetrators of the same violence they suffered. He traces how the press depicted the murder of men by other men from the end of World War I to the Stonewall era, when gay men came to be seen as a class both historically victimized and increasingly visible.
Men Like That: A Southern Queer History
December 1st 1999
ISBN0226354709 (ISBN13: 9780226354705)
We don't usually associate thriving queer culture with rural America, but John Howard's unparalleled history of queer life in the South persuasively debunks the myth that same-sex desires can't find expression outside the big city. In fact, this book shows that the nominally conservative institutions of small-town life—home, church, school, and workplace—were the very sites where queer sexuality flourished. As Howard recounts the life stories of the ordinary and the famous, often in their own words, he also locates the material traces of queer sexuality in the landscape: from the farmhouse to the church social, from sports facilities to roadside rest areas.
Queer: A Graphic History
September 8th 2016
ISBN1785780719 (ISBN13: 9781785780714)
Activist-academic Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Julia Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel. From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do; how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged. Along the way we look at key landmarks which shift our perspective of what’s ‘normal’ – Alfred Kinsey’s view of sexuality as a spectrum, Judith Butler’s view of gendered behavior as a performance, the play Wicked, or moments in Casino Royale when we’re invited to view James Bond with the kind of desiring gaze usually directed at female bodies in mainstream media.
Doubting Sex: Inscriptions, Bodies and Selves in Nineteenth-Century Hermaphrodite Case
February 14th 2012
ISBN0719086906 (ISBN13: 9780719086908)
An adolescent girl is mocked when she takes a bath with her peers, because her genitals look like those of a boy. A couple visits a doctor asking to "create more space" in the woman for intercourse. A doctor finds testicular tissue in a woman with appendicitis, and decides to keep his findings quiet. These are just a few of the three hundred European case histories of people whose sex was doubted during the long nineteenth century that Geertje Mak draws upon in her remarkable new book.
Pulp Friction: Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps
January 14th 2003
ISBN0312252676 (ISBN13: 9780312252670)
Long before the rise of the modern gay movement, an unnoticed literary revolution was occurring, mostly between the covers of the cheaply produced pulp paperbacks of the post-World War II era. Cultural critic Michael Bronski collects a sampling of these now little-known gay erotic writings—some by writers long forgotten, some never known and a few now famous. Through them, Bronski challenges many long-held views of American postwar fiction and the rise of gay literature, as well as of the culture at large.
Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969
October 15th 2001
ISBN0670030171 (ISBN13: 9780670030170)
William Mann's Behind the Screen is a thoughtful and eye-opening look at the totality of the gay experience in studio-era Hollywood. Much has been written about how gays have been portrayed in the movies but no book -- until now -- has looked at their influence behind the screen. Whether out of or in the closet, gays and lesbians have from the very beginning played a significant role in shaping Hollywood. Gay actors were among the earliest matinee idols and gay directors have long been among the most popular and commercially successful filmmakers.
The Trouble with Harry Hay
November 1st 1990
ISBN1938246004 (ISBN13: 9781938246005)
A centenary edition of Stuart Timmons' award-winning biography of Harry Hay, founder of the modern gay rights movement.
My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years
May 5th 1994
ISBN0415908531 (ISBN13: 9780415908535)
My American History contains pieces written between 1981 and 1992, that document the expectations and imaginations of activists as they struggled, under impossible odds and an ever-growing opposition, to articulate a movement for freedom and dignity during the Reign of Reaganism. Also included is the Lesbian Avengers Handbook.
Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History
February 17th 2012
ISBN0199742731 (ISBN13: 9780199742738)
Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History is the first book to provide serious scholarly insight into the methodological practices that shape lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer oral histories. Each chapter pairs an oral history excerpt with an essay in which the oral historian addresses his or her methods and practices. With an afterword by John D'Emilio, this collection enables readers to examine the role memory, desire, sexuality, and gender play in documenting LGBTQ communities and cultures.
Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present
April 4th 1995
ISBN1555838707 (ISBN13: 9781555838706)
A unique and hugely absorbing narrative history of gay life—from Oscar Wilde to the first gay marriage performed in San Francisco in 2004—by the award-winning journalist and distinguished author of Out in the World and Sex- Crime Panic. Miller accompanies his narrative with essays and excerpts from contemporary and historical writings, and the text is illustrated with photos and line drawings.
Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation
March 1st 2016
ISBN0465032702 (ISBN13: 9780465032709)
From a prominent young historian, the untold story of the rich variety of gay life in America in the 1970sDespite the tremendous gains of the LGBT movement in recent years, the history of gay life in this country remains poorly understood. According to conventional wisdom, gay liberation started with the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village in 1969. The 1970s represented a moment of triumph--both political and sexual--before the AIDS crisis in the subsequent decade, which, in the view of many, exposed the problems inherent in the so-called "gay lifestyle". In Stand by Me, the acclaimed historian Jim Downs rewrites the history of gay life in the 1970s, arguing that the decade was about much more than sex and marching in the streets.
The Gay Agenda: A History of the LGBTQ+ Community
April 28th 2020
ISBN0062944568 (ISBN13: 9780062944566)
Compiled and designed by queer power couple and illustrators extraordinaire, Ashley Molesso and Chessie Needham, founders of the popular Brooklyn stationery company Ash + Chess, The Gay Agenda is an inviting and entertaining guide that pays tribute to the LGBTQ+ community. Filled with engaging descriptions, interesting facts, helpful features—such as historical queer icons and events and LGBTQ+ acronym definitions—this fabulous compendium illuminates the transformation of the community, highlighting its struggles, achievements, landmarks, and contributions. It also salutes iconic members of the LGBTQ+ community—the celebrities, politicians, entrepreneurs and ordinary citizens who have made a notable impact on gay life and society itself.
May 6th 2008
ISBN158005224X (ISBN13: 9781580052245)
Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-'70s to 1990-the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the '90s and '00s.
The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935)
June 28th 1974
ISBN0878100415 (ISBN13: 9780878100415)
Creating a Place For Ourselves: Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community Histories
April 7th 1997
ISBN041591390X (ISBN13: 9780415913904)
Creating a Place For Ourselves is a groundbreaking collection of essays that examines gay life in the United States before Stonewall and the gay liberation movement. Along with examining areas with large gay communities such as New York, San Francisco and Fire Island, the contributors also consider the thriving gay populations in cities like Detroit, Buffalo, Washington, D.C., Birmingham and Flint, demonstrating that gay communities are truly everywhere.
Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History from the Puritans to Playland
June 1st 1998
ISBN0807079499 (ISBN13: 9780807079492)
A Harvard student expelled for cross-dressing in the early 1600s, 17th-century citizens fined for same-sex cohabitation, touring female impersonators of the nineteenth century, early 20th-century women who passed as men and married other women . . .Surprising, fun, and magnificently illustrated, Improper Bostonians is the first book to depict the last three centuries of gay and lesbian life in Boston - the American city with the longest recognized history of gay and lesbian life - and is the most comprehensive and meticulously researched gay city history ever written.
The Other Side of Silence: Men's Lives & Gay Identities - A Twentieth-Century History
June 15th 1998
ISBN0805038965 (ISBN13: 9780805038965)
Based on hundreds of interviews, new and classic texts, and little-known archival sources, an award-winning writer offers the first narrative history to consider signal moments, general trs, and the multiple meanings of "gay identity" in the whole United States from World War I to the AIDS era and "queer" activism. The most readable, authoritative, and comprehensive investigation ever, The Other Side of Silence combines history and anecdote, politics and theory to reveal the personalities and textures of a largely unknown culture. A dramatic chronicle of seventy-five years of persecution and accomplishment, the book addresses both in equal detail: witch hunts in schools and the military, crusades of psychiatrists, the resistance long before Stonewall, the inspiring pioneers and activists.
Male Male Intimacy In Early America: Beyond Romantic Friendships
March 12th 2006
ISBN1560233451 (ISBN13: 9781560233459)
Few of us are familiar with the gay men on General Washington's staff or among the leaders of the new republic. Now, in the same way that Alex Haley's Roots provided a generation of African Americans with an appreciation of their history, Male-Male Intimacy in Early America: Beyond Romantic Friendships will give many gay readers their first glimpse of homosexuality as a theme in early American history.
Hello Sailor!: The Hidden History of Gay Life at Sea
March 7th 2003
ISBN0582772141 (ISBN13: 9780582772144)
When gays had to be closeted, ships were the only places where homosexual men could not only be out but also camp. And on some liners to the sun and the New World, queens and butches had a ball. They sashayed and minced their way across the world's oceans. Never before has the story been told of the masses. These are the thousands of queer seafarers, mainly stewards, who sometimes even outnumbered the straight men in the catering departments of ships that were household names and the pride of the British fleet. Hello Sailor! uniquely shows what it was like to be queer at sea at a time when land meant straightness.
Colonialism and Homosexuality
November 21st 2002
ISBN0415196167 (ISBN13: 9780415196161)
Colonialism and Homosexuality is a thorough investigation of the connections of homosexuality and imperialism from the late 1800s - the era of 'new imperialism' - until the era of decolonization. Robert Aldrich reconstructs the context of a number of liaisons, including those of famous men such as Cecil Rhodes, E.M. Forster or Andre Gide, and the historical situations which produced both the Europeans and their non-Western lovers. Colonial lands, which in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century included most of Africa, South and Southeast Asia and the islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Caribbean, provided a haven for many Europeans whose sexual inclinations did not fit neatly into the constraints of European society.
Queer, There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World
May 23rd 2017
World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.
Gay Resistance: The Hidden History
January 1st 1997
ISBN0932323030 (ISBN13: 9780932323033)
Literary Nonfiction. Gay and Lesbian Studies. Both newcomers and veterans, students and teachers, will benefit from this pithy booklet--a classic of the 1970s--which reviews the legacy of queer defiance and proposes bold strategies for achieving the rights of lesbians/gays/bisexuals and transgender people. The authors pinpoint the origins of homophobia and tell the story of those who fought back: from German organizers in the 1860s, to the homophile pioneers of the 1950s Mattachine Society; from the youth and drag queens of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, to the Gay Liberation Front and the eruption of lesbian feminism in the 1970s.
The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQ Activism
June 9th 2015
The Right Side of History tells the 100-year history of queer activism in a series of revealing close-ups, first-person accounts, and intimate snapshots of LGBT pioneers and radicals. This diverse cast stretches from the Edwardian period to today. Described by gay scholar Jonathan Katz as "willfully cacophonous, a chorus of voices untamed," The Right Side of History sets itself apart by starting with the turn-of-the-century bohemianism of Isadora Duncan and the 1924 establishment of the nation’s first gay group, the Society for Human Rights; it also includes gay activism of labor unions in the 1920s and 1930s; the 1950s civil rights movement; the 1960s anti-war protests; the sexual liberation movements of the 1970s; and more contemporary issues such as marriage equality.
Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America
October 15th 1991
ISBN0140171223 (ISBN13: 9780140171228)
Lillian Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today's diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life.
The Bear Book: Readings in the History and Evolution of a Gay Male Subculture
June 14th 1997
ISBN1560238909 (ISBN13: 9781560238904)
The Bear Book brings together an impressive range of bear--usually big, hairy men who favor full-face beards and prefer to wear jeans and flannel shirts--viewpoints to explore this unique social and cultural phenomenon that stretches from America to western Europe to Australia! On the personal level, you learn what beardom means to different people in their daily lives, and on a broader level, its cultural implications for not only the gay community, but also society as a whole. As this book moves across the wide spectrum of bear identities, you learn about the defining forces of identity, the significance of differences among masculinities, and the shapings of the bear movement from different viewpoints.
Bisexual Horizons: Politics, Histories, Lives
January 1st 1996
ISBN0853158312 (ISBN13: 9780853158318)
Bisexuality by its very nature challenges notions of fixed identity. In fact, its very existence as a point of identification raises interesting contradictions, contradictions which have drawn hostile reactions from both straight society and lesbian and gay groups.
One Hundred Years of Homosexuality
November 15th 1989
ISBN0415900972 (ISBN13: 9780415900973)
Halperin's subject is the erotics of male culture in ancient Greece. Arguing that the modern concept of "homosexuality" is an inadequate tool for the interpretation of these features of sexual life in antiquity, Halperin offers an alternative account that accords greater prominence to the indigenous terms in which sexual experiences were constituted in the ancient Mediterranean world. Wittily and provocatively written, Halperin's meticulously drawn windows onto ancient sexuality give us a new meaning to the concept of "Greek love."
Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America
July 1st 2007
ISBN0814727506 (ISBN13: 9780814727508)
Although the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City symbolically mark the start of the gay rights movement, individuals came together long before the modern era to express their same-sex romantic and sexual attraction toward one another, and in a myriad of ways. Some reflected on their desires in quiet solitude, while others endured verbal, physical, and legal harassment for publicly expressing homosexual interest through words or actions.
Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation
March 3rd 2000
ISBN0465083668 (ISBN13: 9780465083664)
Karla Jay's memoir of an age whose tumultuous social and political movements fundamentally reshaped American culture takes readers from her early days in the 1968 Columbia University student riots to her post-college involvement in New York radical women's groups and the New York Gay Liberation Front. In Southern California in the early '70s, she continued in the battle for gay civil rights and helped to organize the takeover of The Ladies' Home Journal and an "ogle- in" — where women staked out Wall Street and whistled at the men.
Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context
November 18th 2002
ISBN1560231920 (ISBN13: 9781560231929)
Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context illuminates the lives of the courageous individuals involved in the early struggle for gay and lesbian civil rights in the United States. Authored by those who knew them (often activists themselves), the concise biographies in this volume examine the lives of pre-1969 barrier breakers like Harry Hay, Henry Gerber, Alfred Kinsey, Del Martin, Phyllis Lyon, Jim Kepner, Jack Nichols, Christine Jorgensen, Jose Sarria, Barbara Grier, Frank Kameny, and 40 more.
Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America
April 1st 1988
ISBN0226142647 (ISBN13: 9780226142647)
The 1st full length study of the history of American sexuality, Intimate Matters offers trenchant insights into sexual behavior from colonial times to today. D'Emilio & Freedman give a deeper understanding of how sexuality has dramatically influenced politics & culture throughout history.
A Queer History of the United States
May 10th 2011
ISBN0807044393 (ISBN13: 9780807044391)
In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, in the early 1800s, changed her name to “Publick Universal Friend,” refused to use pronouns, fought for gender equality, and led her own congregation in upstate New York. In the mid-nineteenth century, internationally famous Shakespearean actor Charlotte Cushman led an openly lesbian life, including a well-publicized “female marriage.” And in the late 1920s, Augustus Granville Dill was fired by W. E. B. Du Bois from the NAACP’s magazine the Crisis after being arrested for a homosexual encounter. These are just a few moments of queer history that Michael Bronski highlights in this groundbreaking book.
Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions
September 15th 2015
ISBN087071595X (ISBN13: 9780870715952)
Marie Equi explores the fiercely independent life of an extraordinary woman. Born of Italian-Irish parents in 1872, Marie Equi endured childhood labor in a gritty Massachusetts textile mill before fleeing to an Oregon homestead with her first longtime woman companion, who described her as impulsive, earnest, and kind-hearted. These traits, along with courage, stubborn resolve, and a passion for justice, propelled Equi through an unparalleled life journey.
Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement
April 11th 2014
ISBN1583674373 (ISBN13: 9781583674376)
Gay Resistance: The Hidden History
January 1st 1997
ISBN0932323030 (ISBN13: 9780932323033)
Literary Nonfiction. Gay and Lesbian Studies. Both newcomers and veterans, students and teachers, will benefit from this pithy booklet--a classic of the 1970s--which reviews the legacy of queer defiance and proposes bold strategies for achieving the rights of lesbians/gays/bisexuals and transgender people. The authors pinpoint the origins of homophobia and tell the story of those who fought back: from German organizers in the 1860s, to the homophile pioneers of the 1950s Mattachine Society; from the youth and drag queens of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, to the Gay Liberation Front and the eruption of lesbian feminism in the 1970s.
The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy: A Biographical Dictionary of Major Figures in American Stage History in the Pre-Stonewall Era
April 20th 2005
ISBN047206858X (ISBN13: 9780472068586)
The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy collects in a single volume biographies of more than one hundred notable figures whose careers flourished in the years before the 1969 Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement in the United States. The leading lights in American theater have included innumerable individuals whose sexualities have deviated from prevailing norms, but this history has until recently been largely unwritten and unknown.
Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian Movement
June 1st 1994
ISBN0312131143 (ISBN13: 9780312131142)
The emergence of the gay and lesbian community in the last quarter century has confronted America with what has become the new civil rights movement of the nineties, as millions of gay people assert their right to live as decent American citizens without the fear of persecution and discrimination. Since 1967 - two years before the Stonewall Riots, usually seen as the beginning of gay liberation - The Advocate has been the nations publication of record for the gay community. From its humble beginnings as a newsletter covering Southern California's homosexual subculture to its prominence today as a newsmagazine read around the world.
December 1st 1998
ISBN0745311326 (ISBN13: 9780745311326)
Growing Up Before Stonewall: Life Stories Of Some Gay Men
March 10th 1994
ISBN0415101522 (ISBN13: 9780415101523)
This book tells the stories of 11 American gay men who tried to make sense of their identities in the years before the modern gay movement began. In their own words, these men recollect fascinating accounts of what it was like negotiate their desires within a social and psychological context in which homosexuality was marginalized. The editors carefully situate the life stories in US culture before Stonewall and skillfully raises the issues and problems in presenting such stories.
Wearing History: T-Shirts from the Gay Rights Movement
August 1st 2007
ISBN1555839959 (ISBN13: 9781555839956)
The t-shirt is part of Americana, and nowhere is this better reflected than in the gay and lesbian community's struggle for civil rights. Through imagination, wit and passion for equality, the activists who wrote, designed and (more importantly) wore these fabulous items helped define a movement.
Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History
December 17th 2014
ISBN029930244X (ISBN13: 9780299302443)
Though largely neglected in classrooms, LGBT history can provide both a fuller understanding of U.S. history and contextualization for the modern world. This is the first book designed for university and high school teachers who want to integrate queer history into the standard curriculum. With its inspiring stories, classroom-tested advice, and rich information, it is a valuable resource for anyone who thinks history should be an all-inclusive story.
Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World
May 3rd 2016
ISBN0300218036 (ISBN13: 9780300218039)
In a hugely ambitious study which crosses continents, languages, and almost a century, Gregory Woods identifies the ways in which homosexuality has helped shape Western culture. Extending from the trials of Oscar Wilde to the gay liberation era, this book examines a period in which increased visibility made acceptance of homosexuality one of the measures of modernity. Woods shines a revealing light on the diverse, informal networks of gay people in the arts and other creative fields. Uneasily called “the Homintern” (an echo of Lenin’s “Comintern”) by those suspicious of an international homosexual conspiracy, such networks connected gay writers, actors, artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, politicians, and spies. While providing some defense against dominant heterosexual exclusion, the grouping brought solidarity, celebrated talent, and, in doing so, invigorated the majority culture.
June 4th 2014
Skip E. Lowe's memoirs of growing up in Hollywood, traveling all over the world as an entertainer and hobnobbing with the rich and famous. Sexual romps and heartbreaking adventures, this is a memorable, sexy, and poignant look at the lives of the stars when the camera is turned off. Follow the remarkable adventures of Skip E. Lowe through the glory of early Hollywood, New York, Europe, multiple wars, decades of globe-trotting, and non-stop sexual adventures. Artist salons with Paul Bowles, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams... buying produce for Marlon Brando, showering with James Dean, crashing with Barbara Hutton in Tangiers, cooking for Troy Donahue- here is a funny, poignant, and sexy look at the real people behind the celebrity names- from someone who partied, sheltered, and jumped in bed with the best of them.
Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century
January 1st 2003
ISBN0393326497 (ISBN13: 9780393326499)
The nineteenth century was a golden age for those people known variously as sodomites, Uranians, monosexuals, and homosexuals. Long before Stonewall and Gay Pride, there was such a thing as gay culture, and it was recognized throughout Europe and America. Graham Robb, brilliant biographer of Balzac, Hugo, and Rimbaud, examines how homosexuals were treated by society and finds a tale of surprising tolerance. He describes the lives of gay men and women: how they discovered their sexuality and accepted or disguised it; how they came out; how they made contact with like-minded people.
Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
June 30th 1997
ISBN0807079413 (ISBN13: 9780807079416)
In this fascinating, personal journey through history, Leslie Feinberg uncovers persuasive evidence that there have always been people who crossed the cultural boundaries of gender. Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit.
Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990: An Oral History
June 12th 2018
ISBN0062848267 (ISBN13: 9780062848260)
When Making History was first published in 1992, the acclaimed oral historian Studs Terkel called it, “One of the definitive works on gay life.” Novelist Armistead Maupin said that author “Eric Marcus not only writes with grace and clarity but makes it look so easy—the ultimate measure of historian and novelist alike.” Now, for the first time, the original complete edition of Making History is available in e-book (Making History was published in part as Making Gay History in 2002). Through his engaging oral histories, Eric Marcus traces the unfolding of LGBTQ civil rights effort from a group of small, independent underground organizations and publications into a national movement, covering the years from 1945 to 1990. Here are the stories of its remarkable pioneers: a diverse group of nearly fifty Americans, who hail from all corners of the nation.
Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States Since World War II
September 3rd 2013
ISBN1469607182 (ISBN13: 9781469607184)
In Radical Relations, Daniel Winunwe Rivers offers a previously untold story of the American family: the first history of lesbian and gay parents and their children in the United States. Beginning in the postwar era, a period marked by both intense repression and dynamic change for lesbians and gay men, Rivers argues that by forging new kinds of family and childrearing relations, gay and lesbian parents have successfully challenged legal and cultural definitions of family as heterosexual. These efforts have paved the way for the contemporary focus on family and domestic rights in lesbian and gay political movements.
Sisters in the Life: A History of Out African American Lesbian Media-Making
March 27th 2018
ISBN0822370867 (ISBN13: 9780822370864)
From experimental shorts and web series to Hollywood blockbusters and feminist porn, the work of African American lesbian filmmakers has made a powerful contribution to film history. But despite its importance, this work has gone largely unacknowledged by cinema historians and cultural critics. Assembling a range of interviews, essays, and conversations, Sisters in the Life tells a full story of African American lesbian media-making spanning three decades.
The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
January 1st 1982
ISBN0312019009 (ISBN13: 9780312019006)
The Mayor of Castro Street is Shilts's acclaimed story of Harvey Milk, the man whose personal life, public career, and tragic assassination mirrored the dramatic and unprecedented emergence of the gay community in America during the 1970s. His is a story of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassination in City Hall and massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.
Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel
June 19th 2018
ISBN1517900352 (ISBN13: 9781517900359)
The gay and lesbian novel has long been a distinct literary genre with its own awards, shelving categories, bookstore spaces, and book reviews. But very little has been said about the remarkable history of its emergence in American literature, particularly the ways in which the novel about homosexuality did not just reflect but actively produced queer life. Drawing on Mikhail Bakhtin’s insight that the history of society is connected to the history of language, author Natasha Hurley charts the messy, complex movement by which the queer novel produced the very frames that made it legible as a distinct literature and central to the imagination of queer worlds.
Gay and Lesbian Literature Since World War II: History and Memory
March 1st 1998
ISBN1317971159 (ISBN13: 9781317971153)
Gay and Lesbian Literature Since World War II chronicles the multifaceted explosion of gay and lesbian writing that has taken place in the second half of the twentieth century. Encompassing a wide range of subject matter and a balance of gay and lesbian concerns, it includes work by established scholars as well as young theoreticians and archivists who have initiated new areas of investigation. The contributors' examinations of this rich literary period make it easy to view the half-century from 1948 to 1998 as the Queer Renaissance.
Baby, You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall
June 30th 2013
ISBN1844656497 (ISBN13: 9781844656493)
Baby You Are My Religion argues that American butch-femme bar culture of the mid-20th Century should be interpreted as a sacred space for its community. Before Stonewall -- when homosexuals were still deemed mentally ill -- these bars were the only place where many could have any community at all. Baby, You are My Religion explores this community as a site of a lived corporeal theology and political space. It reveals that religious institutions such as the Metropolitan Community Church were founded in such bars, that traditional and non-traditional religious activities took place there, and that religious ceremonies such as marriage were often conducted within the bars by staff.
Encyclopedia of Lesbian Histories and Cultures
August 21st 2013
ISBN113678750X (ISBN13: 9781136787508)
A rich heritage that needs to be documented Beginning in 1869, when the study of homosexuality can be said to have begun with the establishment of sexology, this encyclopedia offers accounts of the most important international developments in an area that now occupies a critical place in many fields of academic endeavour. It covers a long history and a dynamic and ever changing present, while opening up the academic profession to new scholarship and new ways of thinking. A groundbreaking new approach While gays and lesbians have shared many aspects of life, their histories and cultures developed in profoundly different ways.
Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbians and Gay Men in 20th Century America
September 1st 1998
ISBN0670864013 (ISBN13: 9780670864010)
The first pictorial gay and lesbian history -- from underground to activist -- in one stunning and authoritative volume The New York Public Library's groundbreaking 1994 "Becoming Visible" exhibit was the largest and most extensive display of lesbian and gay history ever mounted in a museum or gallery space. Now, the curators have expanded it, pairing an authoritative text with more than 300 compelling photographs, documents, and artifacts, many never-before published, from the library's collection and others, to create what is sure to be the standard popular reference on the subject.
Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights
January 1st 1992
ISBN0060933917 (ISBN13: 9780060933913)
From the Boy Scouts and the U.S. military to marriage and adoption, the gay civil rights movement has exploded on the national stage. Eric Marcus takes us back in time to the earliest days of that struggle in a newly revised and thoroughly updated edition of Making History, originally published in 1992. Using the heartfelt stories of more than sixty people, he carries us through the compelling five-decade battle that has changed the fabric of American society. The rich tapestry that emerges from Making Gay History includes the inspiring voices of teenagers and grandparents, journalists and housewives, from the little-known Dr. Evelyn Hooker and Morty Manford to former vice president Al Gore, Ellen DeGeneres, and Abigail Van Buren. Together, these many stories bear witness to a time of astonishing change, as gay and lesbian people have struggled against prejudice and fought for equal rights under the law.
Who's a Pretty Boy, Then?: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Gay Life in Pictures
December 15th 1996
ISBN1852425946 (ISBN13: 9781852425944)
More than 600 pictures ? portraits and pornography, postcards and cuttings and snapshots from private albums ? go to make up one man's personal and highly idiosyncratic view of gay history since the invention of the camera. Gay people, their friends, lovers, idols and enemies in all their glory, divas, bodybuilders and drag queens, heroes and villains, from Marie Lloyd to Madonna, Sandow to Schwarzenegger, Boulton to Savage, Labouchere to Mary Whitehouse. And alongside the famous and infamous, are the images of ?ordinary? gay men taken at moments that only friends and lovers would bother to record.
Modern American Queer History
May 31st 2001
ISBN156639872X (ISBN13: 9781566398725)
In the twentieth century, countless Americans claimed gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender identities, forming a movement to secure social as well as political equality. This collection of essays considers the history as well as the historiography of the queer identities and struggles that developed in the United States in the midst of widespread upheaval and change. Whether the subject is an individual life story, a community study, or an aspect of public policy, these essays illuminate the ways in which individuals in various locales understood the nature of their desires and the possibilities of resisting dominant views of normality and deviance.
The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America since World War II
November 17th 1997
ISBN0156006170 (ISBN13: 9780156006170)
This “fascinating and fabulous oral history”(Vanity Fair), “both serious and gossipy”(New York Times), chronicles gay life in New York City-and americanca-since 1945. “Irresistible” (Out). Black-and-white photographs.
Hoover's War on Gays: Exposing the FBI's "Sex Deviates" Program
September 11th 2015
At the FBI, the “Sex Deviates” program covered a lot of ground, literally; at its peak, J. Edgar Hoover's notorious “Sex Deviates” file encompassed nearly 99 cubic feet or more than 330,000 pages of information. In 1977–1978 these files were destroyed—and it would seem that four decades of the FBI's dirty secrets went up in smoke. But in a remarkable feat of investigative research, synthesis, and scholarly detective work, Douglas M. Charles manages to fill in the yawning blanks in the bureau's history of systematic (some would say obsessive) interest in the lives of gay and lesbian Americans in the twentieth century. His book, Hoover’s War on Gays, is the first to fully expose the extraordinary invasion of US citizens' privacy perpetrated on a historic scale by an institution tasked with protecting American life.
Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America
April 6th 2014
ISBN0199335427 (ISBN13: 9780199335428)
Born in 1777, Charity Bryant was raised in Massachusetts. A brilliant and strong-willed woman with a clear attraction for her own sex, Charity found herself banished from her family home at age twenty. She spent the next decade of her life traveling throughout Massachusetts, working as a teacher, making intimate female friends, and becoming the subject of gossip wherever she lived. At age twenty-nine, still defiantly single, Charity visited friends in Weybridge, Vermont. There she met a pious and studious young woman named Sylvia Drake.
Letters to One: Gay and Lesbian Voices from the 1950s and 1960s
September 1st 2012
ISBN143844298X (ISBN13: 9781438442983)
Long before the Stonewall riots, ONE magazine—the first openly gay magazine in the United States—offered a positive viewpoint of homosexuality and encouraged gay people to resist discrimination and persecution. Despite a limited monthly circulation of only a few thousand, the magazine influenced the substance, character, and tone of the early American gay rights movement. This book is a collection of letters written to the magazine, a small number of which were published in ONE, but most of them were not. The letters candidly explore issues such as police harassment of gay and lesbian communities, antigay job purges, and the philosophical, scientific, and religious meanings of homosexuality.
Radical Records: Thirty Years of Lesbian and Gay History, 1957-1987
August 1st 1988
ISBN041500201X (ISBN13: 9780415002011)
Originally published in 1980. More so than any other energy resource, nuclear power has the capacity to provide much of our energy needs but is highly controversial. This book discusses the major British decisions in the civil nuclear field, and the way they were made, between 1953 and 1978. It spans the period between the decision to construct Calder Hall - claimed as the world's first nuclear power station - and the Windscale Inquiry - claimed as the world's most thorough study of a nuclear project. For the period up to 1974 this involves a study of the internal processes of British central government.
Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism
September 1st 2015
ISBN1477307303 (ISBN13: 9781477307304)
"These narratives are powerful expressions of the experiences of lesbians, gay men, and trans activists from a variety of Latina/o communities. This history exists nowhere else." (Marcia M. Gallo, Assistant Professor of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement)
Our Gay History in Fifty States
October 17th 2019
ISBN1634892577 (ISBN13: 9781634892575)
Gay, Explained: History, Science, Culture, and Spirit
June 15th 2016
Imagine your favorite gay uncle sitting you down and explaining everything you ever wondered about gay people. That is Gay, Explained. Written for gay and straight people alike, Gay, Explained leads the reader on a journey that even the most educated may find surprising. Told in a warm and personal style, Gay, Explained weaves together the individual story of a man born Mormon and gay with the wide ranging stories from some of humanity’s most fascinating people. It is a history that stretches back to the drawings on cave walls and the stories of the Pharaohs, through the religion and philosophies of Greece and Rome, is illuminated in the art of the Renaissance, and runs up to the headlines of today.
Contacts Desired: Gay and Lesbian Communications and Community, 1940s-1970s
March 15th 2006
ISBN0226517357 (ISBN13: 9780226517353)
Whether one thinks homosexuals are born or made, they generally are not born into gay families, nor are they socialized to be gay by their peers or schools. How then do people become aware of homosexuality and, in some cases, integrate into gay communities? The making of homosexual identity is the result of a communicative process that entails searching, listening, looking, reading, and finding. Contacts Desired proposes that this communicative process has a history, and it sets out to tell that story
How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States
October 1st 2002
ISBN0674013794 (ISBN13: 9780674013797)
How Sex Changed is a fascinating social, cultural, and medical history of transsexuality in the United States. Joanne Meyerowitz tells a powerful human story about people who had a deep and unshakable desire to transform their bodily sex. In the last century when many challenged the social categories and hierarchies of race, class, and gender, transsexuals questioned biological sex itself, the category that seemed most fundamental and fixed of all. From early twentieth-century sex experiments in Europe, to the saga of Christine Jorgensen, whose sex-change surgery made headlines in 1952, to today's growing transgender movement, Meyerowitz gives us the first serious history of transsexuality.
Sex Between Men: An Intimate History of the Sex Lives of Gay Men Postwar to Present
June 1st 1996
ISBN0062512692 (ISBN13: 9780062512697)
From the liberating discovery of "buddies" in the World War II trenches to the brutal repression of the '50s, from the heady possibilities that emerged in the wake of the Stonewall uprising to the hedonistic lovefests and ecstatic extremes of the baths and sex clubs of the '70s, and finally from the psychical and emotional carnage of the AIDS-plagued '80s to the '90s sex clubs, Douglas Sadownick provides a full-scale psychosocial analysis of the sexual behavior of gay men. Combining personal testimony, thoughtful commentary and glimpses of social history from archival material, Sex Between Men puts the sex back in homosexual.
A History of Bisexuality
September 15th 2001
ISBN0226020908 (ISBN13: 9780226020907)
Why is bisexuality the object of such skepticism? Why do sexologists steer clear of it in their research? Why has bisexuality, in stark contrast to homosexuality, only recently emerged as a nascent political and cultural identity? Bisexuality has been rendered as mostly irrelevant to the history, theory, and politics of sexuality. With A History of Bisexuality, Steven Angelides explores the reasons why, and invites us to rethink our preconceptions about sexual identity. Retracing the evolution of sexology, and revisiting modern epistemological categories of sexuality in psychoanalysis, gay liberation, social constructionism, queer theory, biology, and human genetics, Angelides argues that bisexuality has historically functioned as the structural other to sexual identity itself, undermining assumptions about heterosexuality and homosexuality.
Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the Sixties
September 2nd 2015
ISBN1469623781 (ISBN13: 9781469623788)
In this innovative and revealing study of midcentury American sex and culture, Amanda Littauer traces the origins of the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s. She argues that sexual liberation was much more than a reaction to 1950s repression because it largely involved the mainstreaming of a counterculture already on the rise among girls and young women decades earlier. From World War II–era "victory girls" to teen lesbians in the 1940s and 1950s, these nonconforming women and girls navigated and resisted intense social and interpersonal pressures to fit existing mores, using the upheavals of the era to pursue new sexual freedoms.
Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America
June 13th 2014
ISBN1439911398 (ISBN13: 9781439911396)
Out in the Union tells the continuous story of queer American workers from the mid-1960s through 2013. Miriam Frank shrewdly chronicles the evolution of labor politics with queer activism and identity formation, showing how unions began affirming the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers in the 1970s and 1980s. She documents coming out on the job and in the union as well as issues of discrimination and harassment, and the creation of alliances between unions and LGBT communities.
Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh
September 11th 2017
ISBN1442277556 (ISBN13: 9781442277557)
Stella Walsh, who was born in Poland but raised in the United States, competed for Poland at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, winning gold and silver in the 100 meters. Running and jumping competitively for three decades, Walsh also won more than 40 U.S. national championships and set dozens of world records. In 1975, she was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, yet Stella Walsh's impressive accomplishments have been almost entirely ignored. In The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh: The Greatest Female Athlete of Her Time, Sheldon Anderson tells the story of her remarkable life.
The Dictionary of Homophobia: A Global History of Gay & Lesbian Experience
September 1st 2003
ISBN1551522292 (ISBN13: 9781551522296)
Based on the work of seventy researchers in fifteen countries, The Dictionary of Homophobia is a mammoth, encyclopedic book that documents the history of homosexuality, and various cultural responses to it, in all regions of the world: a masterful, engaged, and wholly relevant study that traces the political and social emancipation of a culture. The book is the first English translation of Dictionnaire de L’Homophobie, published in France in 2003 to worldwide acclaim; its editor, Louis-Georges Tin, launched the first International Day Against Homophobia in 2005, now celebrated in more than fifty countries around the world.
Making Trouble: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and the University
August 14th 1992
ISBN0415905109 (ISBN13: 9780415905107)
Combining historical and political analysis with autobiography and memoir, Making Trouble brings together the essays of John DEmilio, a pioneering gay historian and long-time movement activist.
Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay and Lesbian History for High School and College Students
April 1st 1994
ISBN1555832547 (ISBN13: 9781555832544)
Covering two thousand years and a wide range of cultures, this history reader brings gay men and lesbians out of hiding and into the classroom.
Dear Friends: American Photographs of Men Together, 1840-1918
March 1st 2001
ISBN0810957124 (ISBN13: 9780810957121)
This groundbreaking book presents rarely seen photographs that provide an entirely fresh perspective on male friendship in the 19th century. The poignant images in more than 100 early photographs, drawn from public and private collections, suggest a surprisingly broad-minded attitude toward physical intimacy between men, challenging the conventional view of the Victorian era as more inhibited than our own. Deitcher's provocative text -- combining history, social observation, pictorial analysis, and personal reflection -- explores the nature of that same-sex affection and the meaning such pictures can hold for us today.
Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality
January 14th 2004
ISBN080707957X (ISBN13: 9780807079577)
The radical sexuality of gay American men in the 1970s is often seen as a shameful period of excess that led to the AIDS crisis. Beyond Shame claims that when the gay community divorced itself from this allegedly tainted legacy, the tragic result was an intergenerational disconnect because the original participants were unable to pass on a sense of pride and identity to younger generations. Indeed, one reason for the current rise in HIV, Moore argues, is precisely due to this destructive occurrence, which increased the willingness of younger gay men to engage in unsafe sex.
Not a Passing Phase: Reclaiming Lesbians in History, 1840-1985
January 1, 1989
ISBN0704341751 (ISBN13: 9780704341753)
Have lesbians been expunged from history by academics and biographers who wish to deny their existence? The authors of Not a Passing Phase certainly believe so. Here they redress the balance. Re-examining the passionate friendships of writers such as Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Edith Simcox, Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby; uncovering invisible networks between women; and exploring the fate of lesbians within the professions, they offer new insights into a range of literary and historical movements, and present a new and political approach to historical research.
The Invisibles: Vintage Portraits of Love and Pride
May 27th 2014
ISBN0847843068 (ISBN13: 9780847843060)
A charming collection of vintage photos. This volume is a unique collection of photographs of LGBTQ and/or cross- dressing people from 1900 to 1960. While this is a time many now regard as the deeply closeted "dark ages," these photos show LGBTQ who were clearly out (at least for a moment)-some camping it up for the cameras while others in loving or clearly domestic poses. These photographs were discovered and collected by the author at flea markets and garage sales, the names of the subjects and their photographers lost to time. He was intrigued by the fact that the pictures show couples posed hand in hand, revealing happiness, serenity, and a surprising air of freedom.
The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film: A History and Annotated Bibliography
August 4th 2005
ISBN0810856816 (ISBN13: 9780810856813)
Gunn (emeritus, Texas A&M U.) examines representations of the gay male sleuth in print and film, beginning with the 1953 publication of Rodney Garland's The Heart in Exile . He goes on to analyze pulp novels of the 1960s and 1970s and more recent mainstream works. The second part of the volume is an annotated bibliography describing over 600 books
Out in Time: From Stonewall to Queer, How Gay Men Came of Age Across the Generations
June 3rd 2019
ISBN019068660X (ISBN13: 9780190686604)
The civil rights of LGBTQ people have slowly yet steadily strengthened since the Stonewall Riots of June, 1969. Despite enormous opposition from some political segments and the catastrophic effects of the AIDS crisis, the last five decades have witnessed improvement in the conditions of the lives of LGBTQ individuals in the United States. As such, the realities and challenges faced by a young gay man coming of age and coming out in the 1960s is, in many profound ways, different from the experiences of a young gay man coming of age and coming out today.
The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government
January 1st 2004
ISBN0226401901 (ISBN13: 9780226401904)
The McCarthy era is generally considered the worst period of political repression in recent American history. But while the famous question, "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" resonated in the halls of Congress, security officials were posing another question at least as frequently, if more discreetly: "Information has come to the attention of the Civil Service Commission that you are a homosexual. What comment do you care to make?"
Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History
December 30th 2007
ISBN0226327914 (ISBN13: 9780226327914)
At the start of the twentieth century, tales of “how the other half lives” experienced a surge in popularity. People looking to go slumming without leaving home turned to these narratives for spectacular revelations of the underworld and sordid details about the deviants who populated it.In this major rethinking of American literature and culture, Scott Herring explores how a key group of authors manipulated this genre to paradoxically evade the confines of sexual identification. Queering the Underworld examines a range of writers, from Jane Addams and Willa Cather to Carl Van Vechten and Djuna Barnes, revealing how they fulfilled the conventions of slumming literature but undermined its goals, and in the process, queered the genre itself.
Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco
December 26th 2014
In 1863, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a law that criminalized appearing in public in “a dress not belonging to his or her sex.” Adopted as part of a broader anti-indecency campaign, the cross-dressing law became a flexible tool for policing multiple gender transgressions, facilitating over one hundred arrests before the century’s end. Over forty U.S. cities passed similar laws during this time, yet little is known about their emergence, operations, or effects. Grounded in a wealth of archival material, Arresting Dress traces the career of anti-cross-dressing laws from municipal courtrooms and codebooks to newspaper scandals, vaudevillian theater, freak-show performances, and commercial “slumming tours.”
Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left
October 4th 2016
ISBN0520279069 (ISBN13: 9780520279063)
LGBT activism is often imagined as a self-contained struggle, inspired by but set apart from other social movements. Lavender and Red recounts a far different story: a history of queer radicals who understood their sexual liberation as intertwined with solidarity against imperialism, war, and racism. This politics was born in the late 1960s but survived well past Stonewall, propelling a gay and lesbian left that flourished through the end of the Cold War. The gay and lesbian left found its center in the San Francisco Bay Area, a place where sexual self-determination and revolutionary internationalism converged.
Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History in America
December 5th 2003
ISBN0684312611 (ISBN13: 9780684312613)
This 3-vol. set is an accessible and scholarly reference that provides a comprehensive survey of lesbian and gay history and culture in the United States. Long needed by researchers, the "Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History in America" includes approximately 545 articles ranging from short biographical entries to longer essays surveying topics such as the Stonewall riots, federal law and policy, same-sex institutions and AIDS. Wide-ranging in scope, this new encyclopedia complements courses in a variety of disciplines, including history, American studies, literature, psychology, sociology and others. Features include a guide to archival sources, a chronology/timeline, a historical overview essay and a comprehensive index.
Intimate Friends: Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928
June 30th 2004
ISBN0226855643 (ISBN13: 9780226855646)
Intimate Friends explores the fascinating history of the erotic friendships of educated English and American women over the 150-year period leading up to the 1928 publication of Radclyffe Hall’s landmark novel, The Well of Loneliness. Distinguished scholar Martha Vicinus explores all-female communities, liaisons between younger and older women, the female rake, and even mother-daughter affection. Women, she reveals, drew upon a rich religious vocabulary to describe elusive and complex erotic feelings.
A Queer History of the United States for Young People
June 11th 2019
ISBN080705612X (ISBN13: 9780807056127)
Queer history didn’t start with Stonewall. This book explores how LGBTQ people have always been a part of our national identity, contributing to the country and culture for over 400 years. It is crucial for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth to know their history. But this history is not easy to find since it’s rarely taught in schools or commemorated in other ways. A Queer History of the United States for Young People corrects this and demonstrates that LGBTQ people have long been vital to shaping our understanding of what America is today.
Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past
November 29th 1989
ISBN0452010675 (ISBN13: 9780452010673)
This richly revealing anthology brings together for the first time the vital new scholarly studies now lifting the veil from the gay and lesbian past. Such notable researchers as John Boswell, Shari Benstock, Jeffrey Weeks and John D'Emilio illuminate gay and lesbian life as it evolved in places as diverse as the Athens of Plato, Renaissance Italy, Victorian London, Jazz Age Harlem, Revolutionary Russia, Nazi Germany, Casto's Cuba - and peoples as varied as South African black miners, American Indians, Chinese courtiers, Japanese samurai, English schoolboys and girls, and urban working women. Gender and sexuality, repression and resistance, deviance and acceptance, identity and community - all are given a context in this fascinating work.
Behind the Mask of the Mattachine: The Hal Call Chronicles and the Early Movement for Homosexual Emancipation
October 30th 2006
ISBN1560231874 (ISBN13: 9781560231875)
The Mattachine is the origin of the contemporary American gay movement. One of the major players in this movement was Hal Call, America's first openly gay journalist and the man most responsible for the end of government censorship of frontal male nude photography through the mail. Behind the Mask of the Mattachine: The Early Movement for Homosexual Emancipation, the Hal Call Chronicles travels back to the times before Stonewall and its aftermath, to the beginnings of the modern homosexual movement and the lesser-known individuals who started it. This stunning chronicle boldly goes beyond the standard whitewashed/desexualized history usually provided by other gay historians.
A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America
November 15th 1999
ISBN0226731561 (ISBN13: 9780226731568)
With this book, Leila J. Rupp accomplishes what few scholars have even attempted: she combines a vast array of scholarship on supposedly discrete episodes in American history into an entertaining and entirely readable story of same-sex desire across the country and the centuries.
Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation
June 1st 2009
ISBN1931859795 (ISBN13: 9781931859790)
Sexuality and Socialism is a remarkably accessible analysis of many of the most challenging questions for those concerned with full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Inside are essays on the roots of LGBT oppression, the construction of sexual and gender identities, the history of the gay movement, and how to unite the oppressed and exploited to win sexual liberation for all. Sherry Wolf analyzes different theories about oppression— including those of Marxism, postmodernism, identity politics, and queer theory—and challenges myths about genes, gender, and sexuality.
No Bath, But Plenty of Bubbles: An Oral History of the Gay Liberation Front, 1970-73
November 1st 1995
ISBN0304332054 (ISBN13: 9780304332052)
The Gay Liberation Front dragged homosexuality out of the closet, onto the streets and into the public eye. Its London supporters held the first gay demonstrations, organized the first Pride march and ran the first public gay dances in Britain. The Front contained an alliance of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transsexuals long before 'queer' was fashionable, and challenged homophobia before we had a word for it. Their direct action and street theatre were the envy of the rest of the revolutionary counterculture, their politics the most diverse, their communes the wildest and their arguments the loudest.
Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement
March 12th 2019
In 1951, a new type of publication appeared on newsstands—the physique magazine produced by and for gay men. For many men growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, these magazines and their images and illustrations of nearly naked men, as well as articles, letters from readers, and advertisements, served as an initiation into gay culture. The publishers behind them were part of a wider world of “physique entrepreneurs”: men as well as women who ran photography studios, mail-order catalogs, pen-pal services, book clubs, and niche advertising for gay audiences. Such businesses have often been seen as peripheral to the gay political movement. In this book, David K. Johnson shows how gay commerce was not a byproduct but rather an important catalyst for the gay rights movement.
Blacktino Queer Performance
June 10th 2016
ISBN0822360500 (ISBN13: 9780822360506)
Staging an important new conversation between performers and critics, Blacktino Queer Performance approaches the interrelations of blackness and Latinidad through a stimulating mix of theory and art. The collection contains nine performance scripts by established and emerging black and Latina/o queer playwrights and performance artists, each accompanied by an interview and critical essay conducted or written by leading scholars of black, Latina/o, and queer expressive practices.
Cassell's Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol and Spirit: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Lore
April 1st 1997
ISBN0304704237 (ISBN13: 9780304704231)
Conner (Blossom of Bone: Reclaiming the Connections Between Homoeroticism and the Sacred, HarperCollins, 1993), ethnomusicologist David Sparks, and their daughter, Mariya Sparks, have written an engaging encyclopedia that endeavors to bring to light the queer (i.e., gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered) elements in a variety of spiritual traditions and in the arts. The coverage ranges from Islam to Shamanism to Queer Spirit. A short essay is provided about each spiritual tradition.
Wolfskins and Togas: Lesbian and Gay Historical Fiction, 1870 to the Present
January 1, 1995
After Milford Haven Grammar School, Sarah Ann Waters attended university and earned degrees in English literature. She received a BA from the University of Kent, an MA from Lancaster University, and a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London. Her PhD thesis, entitled Wolfskins and togas : lesbian and gay historical fictions, 1870 to the present, served as inspiration and material for future books.
Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two
December 1st 1990
ISBN0743210719 (ISBN13: 9780743210713)
Despite the many histories of the fighting men and women in World War II, none has been written about the estimated one million homosexuals. Here is a dramatic story of these people, revealing the history of the anti-gay policy pursued by the U.S. military authorities in World War II. Two 8-page photo inserts.
From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBTQ+ Movement
June 8th 2017
ISBN1526301903 (ISBN13: 9781526301901)
The history of the LGBT movement is told through personal stories and firsthand accounts of the movement's key events, like the 1950s 'Lavender Scare', the Stonewall Inn uprising, and the AIDS crisis. Readers will learn how many famous historical members of the LGBT community kept their sexual orientation a secret in order to avoid persecution and be inspired by the many pioneering gay people in history. It will provide questions and discussion points, for example around the use of the word 'gay'. This book will also include a further information section with extensive weblinks for advice and support.
The Myth Of The Modern Homosexual: Queer History And The Search For Cultural Unity
October 1st, 1997
ISBN0304338923 (ISBN13: 9780304338924)
Rictor Norton presents the evidence that queers are part of a centuries old history, possessing a unified historical cultural identity.
The Portable Queer: A Gay in the Life: A Compilation of Saints and Sinners in Gay History
October 1st 2007
ISBN1593500335 (ISBN13: 9781593500337)
Those who have changed the face of homosexuality over the centuries are not completely heroic. Learn about the first great gay activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, read of brave men and women of the Matachine Society and of the Stonewall riot, and relive the stories of the writers and artists who pushed a movement forward. Intriguing, shocking, and ultimately hopeful!
Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
August 22nd 2014
Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others.
Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories
November 29th 2010
ISBN0822348047 (ISBN13: 9780822348047)
Time Binds is a powerful argument that temporal and sexual dissonance are intertwined, and that the writing of history can be both embodied and erotic. Challenging queer theory’s recent emphasis on loss and trauma, Elizabeth Freeman foregrounds bodily pleasure in the experience and representation of time as she interprets an eclectic archive of queer literature, film, video, and art. She examines work by visual artists who emerged in a commodified, “postfeminist,” and “postgay” world. Yet they do not fully accept the dissipation of political and critical power implied by the idea that various political and social battles have been won and are now consigned to the past. By privileging temporal gaps and narrative detours in their work, these artists suggest ways of putting the past into meaningful, transformative relation with the present.
Disasterama!: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977 to 1997
October 8th 2019
In Disasterama, Orloff recalls the delirious adventures of his youth—from San Francisco to Los Angeles to New York— where insane nights, deep friendships with the creatives of the underground, and thrilling bi-coastal living led to a free- spirited life of art, manic performance, high camp antics, and exotic sexual encounters.
Queers in History
September 1st 2009
Queers in History is the first comprehensive biographical compendium of important historical and contemporary figures who were/are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. From Egyptian pharaohs, Catholic popes and Abraham Lincoln to Bishop Gene Robinson, Neil Patrick Harris and Angelina Jolie, Queers in History brings these figures, from their work to their sexuality, to life. The hundreds of people whose stories appear in this book are some of the most intriguing personalities of their times: actors and actresses, writers and musicians, businessmen and politicians, scientists and soldiers.
Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis
March 14th 2016
ISBN1469626845 (ISBN13: 9781469626840)
This compelling book recounts the history of black gay men from the 1950s to the 1990s, tracing how the major movements of the times--from civil rights to black power to gay liberation to AIDS activism--helped shape the cultural stigmas that surrounded race and homosexuality. In locating the rise of black gay identities in historical context, Kevin Mumford explores how activists, performers, and writers rebutted negative stereotypes and refused sexual objectification. Examining the lives of both famous and little-known black gay activists--from James Baldwin and Bayard Rustin to Joseph Beam and Brother Grant-Michael Fitzgerald--Mumford analyzes the ways in which movements for social change both inspired and marginalized black gay men.
Masked Voices: Gay Men and Lesbians in Cold War America
March 26th 2012
ISBN1438440154 (ISBN13: 9781438440156)
An analysis of unpublished letters to the first American gay magazine reveals the agency, adaptation, and resistance occurring in the gay community during the McCarthy era. In this compelling social history, Craig M. Loftin describes how gay people in the United States experienced the 1950s and early 1960s, a time when rapidly growing gay and lesbian subcultures suffered widespread discrimination. The book is based on a remarkable and unique historical source: letters written to ONE magazine, the first openly gay publication in the United States. These letters, most of which have never before been published, provide extraordinary insight into the experiences, thoughts, and feelings of gay men and lesbians nationwide, especially as they coped with the anxieties of the McCarthy era.
Between the Acts: Lives of Homosexual Men 1885-1967
November 20th 1990
ISBN185489093X (ISBN13: 9781854890931)
People's lives are complex, contradictory and inconsistent. They can also be rich and passionate, at times lonely, at times exciting. Between the Acts reflects this in the life stories of fifteen gay men in the years when homosexual acts were illegal in the United Kingdom. The interviews give a vivid impression of gay male life when documentary evidence is limited. These memories and experiences allow us exceptional insights into how gay men made sense of their needs and desires, and fashioned for themselves manageable personal and social identities. These moving accounts of individual quests for identity and community will appeal to gay readers and to those with an interest in life during the earlier part of this century.
Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
May 5th 2015
ISBN0670016799 (ISBN13: 9780670016792)
In 1969 being gay in the United States was a criminal offense. It meant living a closeted life or surviving on the fringes of society. People went to jail, lost jobs, and were disowned by their families for being gay. Most doctors considered homosexuality a mental illness. There were few safe havens. The Stonewall Inn, a Mafia-run, filthy, overpriced bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, was one of them. Police raids on gay bars happened regularly in this era. But one hot June night, when cops pounded on the door of the Stonewall, almost nothing went as planned. Tensions were high. The crowd refused to go away. Anger and frustration boiled over.
American Homosexual Giants
June 22nd 2016
ISBN1534792686 (ISBN13: 9781534792685)
This book will concentrate on both aspects, their creative genius and their need for a second form of beauty, that of the boys their art attracted--followed, later, by boys drawn to the money it engendered. Their incessant work allowed them to buy the objects of their lust, especially in the Europe of Paris and Rome and Venice, of Taormina, Capri and Ischia, as well as back home in the States, during the war when the blackout made California beaches a jungle of bodies, mostly those of sailors and soldiers. Capote, for me, was the greatest American writer to have lived, and Tennessee was America's never-equaled playwright; Vidal was a chronicler of an America gone forever and Denham a source of inspiration who played his role to the hilt, beginning with his startling lifestyle and his absolute determination to be the world's best-kept male whore, to turn day into never-ending night, sighs into memories his men would never forget.
Smash the Church, Smash the State!: The Early Years of Gay Liberation
June 1st 2009
ISBN0872864979 (ISBN13: 9780872864979)
This anthology by former members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) captures the history and spirit of the revolutionary time just after Stonewall, when thousands came out of the closet to claim their sexuality, and when queer resistance coalesced into a turbulent, joyous liberation movement—one whose lasting influence would ultimately inform and profoundly shape the LGBT community of today. Personal essays explore the philosophy and culture of the stridently anti- assimilationist GLF: the actions, demonstrations, and marches; views on marriage, religion, and gender; the drugs, orgies, and communes; and GLF’s relationship to the hippies, the Black Panthers, the straight Left, the women’s movement, civil rights, and the antiwar struggle.
Love Stories: Sex between Men before Homosexuality
December 14th 2001
ISBN0226426165 (ISBN13: 9780226426167)
In Love Stories, Jonathan Ned Katz presents stories of men's intimacies with men during the nineteenth century— including those of Abraham Lincoln—drawing flesh-and-blood portraits of intimate friendships and the ways in which men struggled to name, define, and defend their sexual feelings for one another. In a world before "gay" and "straight" referred to sexuality, men like Walt Whitman and John Addington Symonds created new ways to name and conceive of their erotic relationships with other men. Katz, diving into history through diaries, letters, newspapers, and poems, offers us a clearer picture than ever before of how men navigated the uncharted territory of male-male desire.
The Routledge History of Queer America
March 28th 2018
ISBN1138814598 (ISBN13: 9781138814592)
The Routledge History of Queer America presents the first comprehensive synthesis of the rapidly developing field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer US history. Featuring nearly thirty chapters on essential subjects and themes from colonial times through the present, this collection covers topics.
Lesbian Sex: An Oral History
October 28th 1996
ISBN1562801422 (ISBN13: 9781562801427)
Lesbian Sex is the first contemporary oral history devoted exclusively to lesbian sexuality. Lesbian Sex is in-depth interviews with a diverse group of lesbians who reveal the intimate details about their sexual behavior and tell what sex means to them in the larger context of their lives.
¡Cuéntamelo!: Oral Histories by LGBT Latino Immigrants
March 8th 2015
¡Cuéntamelo! Oral Histories by LGBT Latino Immigrants. ¡Cuéntamelo! began as a cover story for SF Weekly, and, eventually in 2014 with local grant support, Juliana Delgado Lopera was able to publish a limited first edition of 300. Aunt Lute is pleased to bring this title back into circulation. In addition to beautiful black and white drawings of the contributors by artist Laura Cerón Melo, this edition features a number of candid earlier photographs of several of the contributors, as well as a new introduction from Juliana.
True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
September 19th 2017
ISBN1479870633 (ISBN13: 9781479870639)
The incredible stories of how trans men assimilated into mainstream communities in the late 1800s. In 1883, Frank Dubois gained national attention for his life in Waupun, Wisconsin. There he was known as a hard-working man, married to a young woman named Gertrude Fuller. What drew national attention to his seemingly unremarkable life was that he was revealed to be anatomically female. Dubois fit so well within the small community that the townspeople only discovered his "true sex" when his former husband and their two children arrived in the town searching in desperation for their departed wife and mother.
Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites
December 26th 2014
ISBN075912373X (ISBN13: 9780759123731)
LGBT individuals and families are increasingly visible in popular culture and local communities; their struggles for equality appear regularly in news media. If history museums and historic sites are to be inclusive and relevant, they must begin incorporating this community into their interpretation. Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites is straightforward, accessible guidebook for museum and history professionals as they embark on such worthy efforts. This book features: An examination of queer history in the United States: The rapid rate at which queer topics have entered the mainstream could conceivably give the impression that LGBT people have only quite recently begun to contribute to United States culture and this misconception ignores a rich history
June 30th 1997
ISBN0807070815 (ISBN13: 9780807070819)
This is the first collection of the words and speeches of the founder of the Mattachine Society and the modern gay movement.
The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture
July 29th 2016
ISBN1438461771 (ISBN13: 9781438461779)
LGBT Americans now enjoy the right to marry—but what will we remember about the vibrant cultural spaces that lesbian activists created in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s? Most are vanishing from the calendar—and from recent memory. The Disappearing L explores the rise and fall of the hugely popular women-only concerts, festivals, bookstores, and support spaces built by and for lesbians in the era of woman-identified activism. Through the stories unfolding in these chapters, anyone unfamiliar with the Michigan festival, Olivia Records, or the women’s bookstores once dotting the urban landscape will gain a better understanding of the era in which artists and activists first dared to celebrate lesbian lives.
Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence
January 1, 1980
ISBN0906500079 (ISBN13: 9780906500071)
Stand by Your Man and Other Gay Canon Stories of Gay History, Queer Culture, Leather, Bearotica, and Gay Studies
October 28th 1999
ISBN1890834327 (ISBN13: 9781890834326)
Fresh from 1999's Titanic: Forbidden Stories Hollywood Forgot, this tasty collection follows in the 4-part series of Jack Fritscher's seminal Corporal in Charge of Taking Care of Captain O'Malley and Other Stories as well as Rainbow County and Other Stories, actual Winner BEA National Small Press Book Award. "I was right hailing Fritscher's stories for their creativity, insight, and intensity. Fritscher has carved out a niche in the world of short-story fiction that is hard to match. To my taste, he stands as unique and memorable.
Born to be Gay: A History of Homosexuality
September 1st 2004
ISBN0752436945 (ISBN13: 9780752436944)
There has long been an assumption in the West that views on sex and sexuality are basically similar worldwide. This has never been the case. Many ancient cultures actively promoted same-sex relationships as an integral part of adolescence or even worship. The rise of Judeo-Christian views forced homosexuality “underground,” leading to Henry VIII’s 1533 ban on homosexuals and Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment for sodomy. Born to be Gay takes a radical look at the history of homosexuality, from Bacchanalian orgies to Gay Pride.
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Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity
December 5th 2017
ISBN1517901723 (ISBN13: 9781517901721)
The story of Christine Jorgensen, America’s first prominent transsexual, famously narrated trans embodiment in the postwar era. Her celebrity, however, has obscured other mid-century trans narratives—ones lived by African Americans such as Lucy Hicks Anderson and James McHarris. Their erasure from trans history masks the profound ways race has figured prominently in the construction and representation of transgender subjects. In Black on Both Sides, C. Riley Snorton identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present- day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence.
Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History
October 1st 2007
ISBN0674026527 (ISBN13: 9780674026520)
"Feeling Backward" weighs the costs of the contemporary move to the mainstream in lesbian and gay culture. While the widening tolerance for same-sex marriage and for gay-themed media brings clear benefits, gay assimilation entails other losses--losses that have been hard to identify or mourn, since many aspects of historical gay culture are so closely associated with the pain and shame of the closet.
The Gay Almanac
June 1st 1996
ISBN0425153002 (ISBN13: 9780425153000)
Compiled by two nationally known and highly respected gay organizations, a unique, comprehensive almanac designed for gay men traces the history of the gay community, offers a directory of gay and lesbian organizations, and much more.
Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts
October 1st 1999
ISBN0670859532 (ISBN13: 9780670859535)
Saslow (art history, City U. of New York) ranges from the dawn of time to the present and from Europe and North America to China and Australia. He presents and discusses visual images relating to gay men and lesbians, but not always related to sex itself; the Stonewall riot and the AIDS quilt for example are represented.
Pink Triangle: The Feuds and Private Lives of Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, and Members of Their Entourages
October 7th 2013
ISBN1936003376 (ISBN13: 9781936003372)
One hot summer night in 1945, three young American writers, each an enfant terrible, came together in a stuffy Manhattan apartment for the first time. Each member of this pink triangle was on the dawn of world fame Tennessee Williams for A Streetcar Named Desire; Gore Vidal for his notorious homosexual novel, 'The City and the Pillar'; and Truman Capote for 'Other Voices, Other Rooms', a book that had been marketed with a photograph depicting Capote as a underaged sex object that caused as much controversy as the prose inside.
To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America - A History
June 15th 1999
ISBN0618056971 (ISBN13: 9780618056972)
This landmark work of lesbian history focuses on how certain late-nineteenth-century and twentieth-century women whose lives can be described as lesbian were in the forefront of the battle to secure the rights and privileges that large numbers of Americans enjoy today. Lillian Faderman persuasively argues that their lesbianism may in fact have facilitated their accomplishments. A book of impeccable research and compelling readability, TO BELIEVE IN WOMEN will be a source of enlightenment for all, and for many a singular source of pride.
Great Events from History: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Events, 1848-2006, V.1
December 1st 2006
ISBN1587652641 (ISBN13: 9781587652646)
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Events selects events that help to mark the definition of "gender," the emergence of social, cultural, and political movements, and the struggles to gain civil rights. In some cases, one event represents and offers discussion of many. For example, the article on Illinois becoming the first state to abolish its laws against consensual homosexual acts in 1961 also discusses the effect of this action on other states. In particular, essays also include "see also" cross-references to related articles within the set.
Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, 1940-1970
June 15th 1983
ISBN0226142671 (ISBN13: 9780226142678)
With thorough documentation of the oppression of homosexuals and biographical sketches of the lesbian and gay heroes who helped the contemporary gay culture to emerge, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities supplies the definitive analysis of the homophile movement in the U.S. from 1940 to 1970. John D'Emilio's new preface and afterword examine the conditions that shaped the book and the growth of gay and lesbian historical literature.
Re-Dressing America's Frontier Past
September 1st 2011
ISBN0520270622 (ISBN13: 9780520270626)
Americans have long cherished romantic images of the frontier and its colorful cast of characters, where the cowboys are always rugged and the ladies always fragile. But in this book, Peter Boag opens an extraordinary window onto the real Old West. Delving into countless primary sources and surveying sexological and literary sources, Boag paints a vivid picture of a West where cross-dressing—for both men and women—was pervasive, and where easterners as well as Mexicans and even Indians could redefine their gender and sexual identities. Boag asks, why has this history been forgotten and erased?
Branded by the Pink Triangle
April 15th 2013
ISBN1926920961 (ISBN13: 9781926920962)
Before the rise of the Nazi party, Germany, especially Berlin, was one of the most tolerant places for homosexuals in the world. Activists, including Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein, campaigned openly for the rights of gay men and women, and tried to repeal the old existing law against homosexuality. But all that would change when the Nazis came to power and existence for gay people turned into one of fear. Raids, arrests, prison sentences and expulsions became the daily reality. When the concentration camps were built, homosexuals were imprisoned along with Jews and any other groups the Nazis wanted to suppress.
Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities
October 1st 2015
ISBN1613730829 (ISBN13: 9781613730829)
Who transformed George Washington’s demoralized troops at Valley Forge into a fighting force that defeated an empire? Who cracked Germany’s Enigma code and shortened World War II? Who successfully lobbied the US Congress to outlaw child labor? And who organized the 1963 March on Washington? Ls, Gs, Bs, and Ts, that’s who.
Gay and Lesbian Rights in the United States: A Documentary History
September 30th 2003
ISBN0313306966 (ISBN13: 9780313306969)
The movement for gay and lesbian rights in America is a response to long-held beliefs that have, at times throughout the history of the United States, made homosexuality legally, politically, and socially unacceptable. This collection of primary documents explores those beliefs and their counter-arguments, providing varying viewpoints on the complex issue of gay and lesbian rights. Personal testimonies, laws, opinion pieces, court cases, and other documents, dating from colonial times to the present day, encourage students to challenge their assumptions and strengthen critical thinking skills.
Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema, 1908-1934
February 26th 2016
Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Katharine Hepburn all made lasting impressions with the cinematic cross-dressing they performed onscreen. What few modern viewers realize, however, is that these seemingly daring performances of the 1930s actually came at the tail end of a long wave of gender-bending films that included more than 400 movies featuring women dressed as men.Laura Horak spent a decade scouring film archives worldwide, looking at American films made between 1908 and 1934, and what she discovered could revolutionize our understanding of gender roles in the early twentieth century.
Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present Day
November 1st 2000
ISBN0415291615 (ISBN13: 9780415291613)
Provides a comprehensive modern biographical survey of homosexuality in the Western world.
Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex
May 20th 1998
ISBN0674001893 (ISBN13: 9780674001893)
Punctuated with remarkable case studies, this book explores extraordinary encounters between hermaphrodites--people born with "ambiguous" sexual anatomy--and the medical and scientific professionals who grappled with them. Alice Dreger focuses on events in France and Britain in the late nineteenth century, a moment of great tension for questions of sex roles. While feminists, homosexuals, and anthropological explorers openly questioned the natures and purposes of the two sexes, anatomical hermaphrodites suggested a deeper question: just how many human sexes are there? Ultimately hermaphrodites led doctors and scientists to another surprisingly difficult question: what is sex, really?
Histories of the Transgender Child
October 23rd 2018
ISBN1517904676 (ISBN13: 9781517904678)
With transgender rights front and center in American politics, media, and culture, the pervasive myth still exists that today’s transgender children are a brand new generation—pioneers in a field of new obstacles and hurdles. Histories of the Transgender Child shatters this myth, uncovering a previously unknown twentieth-century history when transgender children not only existed but preexisted the term transgender and its predecessors, playing a central role in the medicalization of trans people, and all sex and gender.
Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community
February 19th 1993
ISBN0140235507 (ISBN13: 9780140235500)
This ground-breaking book traces the emergence and growth of a lesbian community in Buffalo, New York, from the mid-1930s to the early 1960s. Based on thirteen years of research and drawing upon the oral histories of forty-five women, authors Kennedy and Davis explore butch-femme roles, coming out, women who passed as men, motherhood, aging, racism, and the courage and pride of the working-class lesbians of Buffalo who, by confronting incredible oppression and violence, helped to pave the way for the gay and lesbian liberation movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold captures the full complexity of lesbian culture; it is a compassionate history of real people fighting for respect and a place to love without fear of persecution.
Queer America: A GLBT History of the 20th Century
April 1st 2008
ISBN0313337497 (ISBN13: 9780313337499)
In these opening years of the 21st century in the United States, perhaps no topic is more divisive than homosexuality, particularly when it is coupled with the deeply rooted concept of civil rights. The same-sex marriage debate, for example, is but part of a larger discussion over issues crucial to American life, such as the role of law in the lives of individuals, relationships among law, economics, and morality, and the values thought to distinguish and define us. GLBT history is not just the struggle for rights, it is people simply living their lives the best they knew how regardless of the terms they or others use for them.
LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History
January 1, 2016
LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History is a publication of the National Park Foundation for the National Park Service and funded by the Gill Foundation. Each chapter is written and peer-reviewed by experts in LGBTQ Studies.
The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle
September 8th 2015
ISBN1451694113 (ISBN13: 9781451694116)
The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rights from the 1950s to the present—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day. The fight for gay, lesbian, and trans civil rights—the years of outrageous injustice, the early battles, the heart-breaking defeats, and the victories beyond the dreams of the gay rights pioneers—is the most important civil rights issue of the present day. Based on rigorous research and more than 150 interviews, The Gay Revolution tells this unfinished story not through dry facts but through dramatic accounts of passionate struggles, with all the sweep, depth, and intricacies only an award-winning activist, scholar, and novelist like Lillian Faderman can evoke.
A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition
February 17th 1998
ISBN0300080883 (ISBN13: 9780300080889)
This important book is the first full-scale account of male gay literature across cultures, languages, and centuries. A work of reference as well as the definitive history of a tradition, it traces writing by and about homosexual men from ancient Greece and Rome to the twentieth-century gay literary explosion.
Gay Men And The Sexual History Of The Political Left
December 5th 1995
ISBN156024724X (ISBN13: 9781560247241)
Explore the development of left-wing sexual politics from the 1830s to the present, documenting communist, socialist, and anarchist views toward homosexuality and the involvement of homosexuals with the left. Chapters in this fascinating book are authored by an array of international scholars who examine key developments in Western Europe, the Soviet Union, and the United States, exploring the attitudes and policies of leftist thinkers, parties, and regimes toward homosexuality. Chapters cover a diverse array of topics, including openness toward homosexuality of French utopian socialists in the 1830s, the hate-filled pronouncements of Marx and Engels, responses to Stalin's anti-gay policies, gays in Germany before and since the fall of the Wall, Spanish anarchists in the 1930s, gay spies Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt, and relations between the left and gay liberation movements of France and the United States.
Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples
May 15th 2012
ISBN0807003344 (ISBN13: 9780807003343)
For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” for periods of thirty or forty—sometimes as many as fifty—years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife.
Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Birth of the Lesbian Rights Movement
September 21st 2006
ISBN0786716347 (ISBN13: 9780786716340)
Nearly fifteen years before the birth of gay liberation, the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) was the world’s first organization committed to lesbian visibility and empowerment. Like its predominantly gay male counterpart, the Mattachine Society, DOB was launched in response to the oppressive anti-homosexual climate of the McCarthy era, when lesbian and gay people were arrested, fired from jobs, and had their children taken away simply because of their sexual orientation. It was against this political backdrop that a circle of San Francisco lesbians formed a private club where lesbians could meet others in a safe, affirming setting.
Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
February 14th 2012
ISBN0802120075 (ISBN13: 9780802120076)
Now the subject of the hit documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, praised by Vanity Fair as "full of revelations" and Entertainment Weekly as "deliciously salacious," Full Service is the remarkable true story of Scotty Bowers, the "gentleman hustler," during the heyday of classic Hollywood. Newly discharged from the Marines after World War II, Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town's stars and starlets. He began sleeping with some himself, and connecting others with his coterie of young, attractive, and sexually free-spirited friends.
Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A.
December 1st 1976
ISBN0452010926 (ISBN13: 9780452010925)
This unique and pioneering work is a comprehensive collection of documents on American gay life from the early days of European settlement to the emergence of modern American gay culture. Hailed by reviewers, it offers a new historical perspective on this once invisible minority and its 400-year battle. Photographs and illustrations.
Homophobia: A History
February 1st 2000
ISBN0312420307 (ISBN13: 9780312420307)
In this tour de force of historical and literary research, Fone, an acclaimed expert on gay and lesbian history and professor emeritus at the City University of New York, chronicles the evolution of homophobia through the centuries. Delving into literary sources as diverse as Greek philosophy, Elizabethan poetry, the Bible, and the Victorian novel, as well as historical texts and propaganda ranging from the French Revolution to the Moral Majority to the transcripts of current TV talk shows, Fone reveals how and why same-sex desire has long been the object of legal, social, religious, and political persecution.