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Kings and Queens: Queers at the Prom
     

Kings and Queens: Queers at the Prom

by David Boyer (Editor)
 

Like so many closeted gay teenagers who faced this high school rite of passage, David Boyer asked a girl to his senior prom. More than a dozen years later, now openly gay Boyer began collecting stories of this enduring ritual from queers who survived it. These stories form the basis of Kings and Queens: Queers at the Dance.
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Overview

Like so many closeted gay teenagers who faced this high school rite of passage, David Boyer asked a girl to his senior prom. More than a dozen years later, now openly gay Boyer began collecting stories of this enduring ritual from queers who survived it. These stories form the basis of Kings and Queens: Queers at the Dance.
The book is divided into two major sections: Before Stonewall begins around the time of the Depression and ends at the 1969 uprising. These stories suggest what it was like to come of age before the gay rights movement really began, before the word gay assumed its current meaning. After Stonewall charts queers' progression from closet to mainstream. Not intended as a definitive retelling of gay history, Kings and Queens illustrates how growing up gay has — and has not — changed over the years. It is a bumpy but irresistible ride through a history that has been unspoken for too long.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Any teen will say that the weeks leading up to the senior prom are filled with anxiety, but being gay makes other worries seem lame in comparison. Freelance writer Boyer has collected almost two dozen stories from gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth stretching back over more than 70 years, from the Bronx High School class of 1935 to the graduating class of 2003 at the mostly gay Harvey Milk High. Along the way, we meet such memorable prom attendees as out lesbian Krystal Bennet, proudly voted prom king of her Washington high school in 2001 amid local controversy; Lois and Patrick, the "perfect couple" from the 1980 class of an Albuquerque high school who, years later, came out to each other; and David and Bob, 1970s high school sweethearts who are still together. A "mini mag" insert of prom styles, factoids, and statistics reads like a page-filling afterthought. Although this book is not an essential purchase, readers, both gay and straight, will empathize with the individuals here and may even enjoy reliving that night when their dates stood, corsages in hand, waiting to usher them into adulthood. Recommended for larger public libraries.-Jeff Ingram, Newport P.L., OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932360240
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date:
05/10/2004
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.96(w) x 10.24(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

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