Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples
May 15th, 2012
ISBN 0807003344 (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.
Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States Since World War II
May 13th, 2013
ISBN 1469607182 (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.
Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America
June 1st, 1992
ISBN 0140171223 (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 Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often-surprising narrative of lesbian life. “A key work…the point of reference from which all subsequent studies of 20th-century lesbian life in the United States will begin.
Re-Dressing America's Frontier Past
August 2nd, 2011
ISBN 0520270622 (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? Citing a cultural moment at the turn of the twentieth century—when the frontier ended, the United States entered the modern era, and homosexuality was created as a category—Boag shows how the American people, and thus the American nation, were bequeathed an unambiguous heterosexual identity.
Queer America: A GLBT History of the 20th Century
April 1st, 2008
ISBN 0313337497 (ISBN13: 9780313337499)
Perhaps no topic today is politically more divisive than homosexuality, particularly when it is coupled with the deeply rooted concept of civil rights. This work focuses on 20th/21st- century U. S. history as it pertains to GLBT history. Major issues and events such as the Stonewall riot, Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the military, same-sex marriage, gay rights, gay pride, organizations and alliances, AIDS, and legal battles and court cases are discussed. Also included are sidebars highlighting major debates, legal landmarks and key individuals. A timeline and further reading sections concluding each chapter as well as a full bibliography and black and white images enhance the text.
Pride: From Stonewall to the Present
April 2nd, 2019
ISBN 0233005862 (ISBN13: 9780233005867)
In June 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. Pride charts that historic event, the rioting that followed, the radicalization and organization of the LGBTQ+ community worldwide, and the activism that has taken place in the 50 years since. It documents the milestones in the fight for equality between genders and sexualities, from early victories, to the gradual acceptance of LGBTQ+ people, to the passing of legislation barring discrimination. Rare images, documents, interviews, and essays from notable figures—including Peter Tatchell, the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, Asifa Lahore, Maureen Duffy, and Lady Phyll—provide a comprehensive account of the sacrifices and passion of this mass movement, the ongoing challenges facing the gay community, and the victories that have been won.
Not a Passing Phase: Reclaiming Lesbians in History 1840-1985
January 1, 1989
ISBN 0704341751 (ISBN13: 9780704341753)
Everything you've always wanted to know about women's history but were afraid to ask, illuminated in this lively and contentious collection of essays. 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.
Pride: Photographs After Stonewall
May 7th, 2019
Fifty years ago this spring, the Stonewall uprising occurred in Greenwich Village—an event that marked the coming-out of New York’s gay community and a refusal by gays to accept underground status that was as important in its way as the Montgomery bus boycott was to the civil rights movement. As a direct outcome of Stonewall, gay pride marches were held in 1970 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. The ultimate chronicler of New York’s downtown scene in that period, and therefore of pre-AIDS life in the gay community, was the late Fred W. McDarrah, senior staff photographer of the legendary Village Voice.
Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights
January 1st, 1992
ISBN 0060933917 (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.
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Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present
June 22nd, 1995
ISBN 1555838707 (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.