In Search of Gay America: Women and Men in a Time of Change

In Search of Gay America: Women and Men in a Time of Change

by Neil Miller
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This informative, surprisingly entertaining overview of gay life in the U.S. puts to rest the stereotype that homosexual communities thrive only in large cities. In coast-to-coast travels, Miller, former editor of Boston's Gay Community News , met vast numbers of gays and lesbians in a variety of geographic, ethnic, social and cultural settings. The author unexpectedly found that aside from some intolerant communities, small towns accept gays and lesbians--gay farmer couples, for example, or a lesbian miner--in community projects and politics. One Missouri village even elected a gay mayor. Miller also discusses the impact of AIDS on individual life patterns and the strengthening and politicization of the gay community brought about by the affliction. In a book with much to say to a general audience, readers will enjoy as well this gifted writer's evocation of small-town life and colorfully apt personality sketches. 35,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Traveling to both large and small cities, Miller sought out the status of individual gay men and lesbians, and the meaning their lives have to the larger gay movement. Like Howard Brown's Familiar Faces, Hidden Lives (LJ 10/15/76) and Edmund White's States of Desire (LJ 2/15/80), his book puts a human face on a group some still consider second-class citizens. Miller finds a wide diversity and a beginning assimilation of openly gay people into mainstream society: the mayor of a small town in Missouri, an elder in a Presbyterian church in Kentucky, lesbian couples who have become mothers, etc. The presence of AIDS overshadows many of the stories, but also is a cohesive, unifying force between gay man and lesbians. Miller enters his own reporting, but not obtrusively, allowing the integrity of the individuals to come through. Recommended.-- James E. Cook, Dayton & Montgomery Cty. P.L., Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871133045
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1989
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
309

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