City of Friends: A Portrait of the Gay and Lesbian Community in America / Edition 1

City of Friends: A Portrait of the Gay and Lesbian Community in America / Edition 1

by Simon LeVay, Elisabeth Nonas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262121948

ISBN-13: 9780262121941

Pub. Date: 10/18/1995

Publisher: MIT Press

City of Friends offers a practical, intelligent, and well-informed overview of what it means to be gay or lesbian. The authors seek to help gay men and women, as well as their families and friends, to better understand the institutions and communities that make up the most culturally and ethnically diverse minority in America today.Beginning with basic concepts,

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City of Friends offers a practical, intelligent, and well-informed overview of what it means to be gay or lesbian. The authors seek to help gay men and women, as well as their families and friends, to better understand the institutions and communities that make up the most culturally and ethnically diverse minority in America today.Beginning with basic concepts, LeVay and Nonas define the words "homosexual," "gay," "lesbian," and "bisexual" and discuss the various patterns of homosexuality in different cultures around the world. They relate the history of the gay and lesbian community in the United States, and its struggle for equal rights and social acceptance, before tackling the question — still highly controversial — of what determines an individual's sexual orientation.City of Friends describes the great diversity within the gay and lesbian community: Life in the "gay ghetto." Old lesbians in rural hideaways. Gay resorts. A "town without men." Gay and lesbian Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Native Americans — what it means to be a minority within a minority. Lesbian and gay youth, the elderly, the deaf. Bisexuals and transsexuals. Academics, drag queens, technoqueers, publishers, softball players — all make their appearance in these pages.LeVay and Nonas continue with a discussion of health issues (especially of the AIDS epidemic and the community's response to it), the law, and gay and lesbian politics. They describe the cultural achievements of lesbians and gay men — their art, literature, theater, music,and dance. Finally they take a look at the spiritual life of gays and lesbians, both within and outside of organized religion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262121941
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/18/1995
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
IOrigins1
1Meanings3
2A Global View13
3History43
4Science79
IICommunities99
5Numbers101
6Localities115
7A Gay Ghetto125
8Country Lesbians137
9Minorities151
10Sexual Diversity175
11Special Interests187
IIIHealth201
12General Health Issues203
13AIDS: The Disease221
14AIDS: The Response241
IVRights269
15The Law271
16Politics303
VCulture323
17Lesbian Art325
18Gay Men and the Arts351
19Religion and Spirituality375
Epilogue393
Notes403
Index441

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