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Out in the World: Gay and Lesbian Life from Buenos Aires to Bangkok

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In his award-winning In Search of Gay America, Neil Miller dispelled stereotypes with his evocative portraits of gays and lesbians in small cities and rural towns across the country. Now, in Out in the World, he takes us on a fascinating and unique tour through even less-charted territory: the current state of gay and lesbian life in twelve countries around the globe. "This is a volume of reportage," Miller writes, "an examination of lives of gays and lesbians and the societies that formed them, reflected them - ...
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Overview

In his award-winning In Search of Gay America, Neil Miller dispelled stereotypes with his evocative portraits of gays and lesbians in small cities and rural towns across the country. Now, in Out in the World, he takes us on a fascinating and unique tour through even less-charted territory: the current state of gay and lesbian life in twelve countries around the globe. "This is a volume of reportage," Miller writes, "an examination of lives of gays and lesbians and the societies that formed them, reflected them - and were often (but not always) at odds with them." We travel with him to Egypt, where the Western notion of gay identity is an alien concept but where strict separation of the sexes has fostered a long history of homosexuality. We visit Japan, where lesbians and gays are not so much discriminated against as politely ignored. We stop off in Denmark, where same-sex marriage is legal, and go to Czechoslovakia and the former East Germany, where gays and lesbians cope with new freedoms and economic dislocations following the collapse of communism. Whether he's talking to lesbian Maoris in New Zealand or gay South African gold miners, Miller captures the vivid, absorbing, and often inspiring stories of women and men who are simply trying to live their lives, often in a climate of repression or opposition. From Thailand to Argentina to Australia to Hong Kong and beyond, Miller addresses such questions as: Just what does "gay" or "lesbian" mean? How relevant is the dichotomy we in the West set up between "homosexual" and "heterosexual"? What are the preconditions that make it possible for individuals to live an openly gay or lesbian life, and how has gay liberation, feminism, and AIDS affected countries outside the United States? Out in the World is a book destined to be a modern classic, a globetrotting account that provides valuable insight into the social, cultural, religious, and political factors that influence the formation of gay and lesbian sexuality a
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Miller ( In Search of Gay America ) traveled for two and a half years through 12 countries, observing gay and lesbian life. This crisply written report underscores sharp cultural differences as it moves from Denmark, where homosexual partnerships enjoy virtually the same legal status as heterosexual marriage, to Argentina, which is home to entrenched, violent, socially sanctioned prejudice against homosexuality. In Japan, Thailand and Egypt, Miller encountered cultures in which same-sex relations have traditionally been accepted, while the larger fact of people's gay identities has been denied. In Australia, he found extremely enlightened AIDS policies. Among Australian Aborigines, black or mixed-race South Africans, and Maoris in New Zealand, he pondered the dilemma faced by people struggling to combine gay awareness with cultural and racial identities. In reunited Germany and post-1989 Czechoslovakia, Miller noted considerable political tolerance toward gays and lesbians. His compelling survey documents the international effects of the AIDS epidemic in forging gay community. Author tour. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Continuing in the style of his prize-winning In Search of Gay America ( LJ 4/15/89), Miller extends his examination of lesbian and gay life to 12 nations on five continents. From police repression of gay gatherings in Argentina to government-sanctioned marriages of same-sex couples in Denmark, Miller relates stories of both closeted and openly gay individuals. Interviewees share how their respective cultures have enabled or inhibited them from expressing their affections. In the face of oppression, the indomitable spirit of lesbians and gay men the world over is revealed. Miller acknowledges the book's slant toward the gay male experience, having found it difficult to contact as many lesbians as he wished. Still, more than any other, this work offers keen insight into the diversity and commonality of international gay life. Out in the World is highly recommended for public and ac ademic libraries.-- Stephen Newcomer, Los Angeles P.L.
Booknews
The author of In Search of Gay America travelled to 12 countries and reports here on his conversations with gays and lesbians he encountered. Beyond describing individual situations and personalities, he questions the definitions of heterosexual and homosexual in each culture and looks for the preconditions that make it possible for individuals to live openly as gay or lesbian. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679745518
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: Vintage Departures Series
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage departures ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,415,763
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 South Africa: Coming Out in Black and White 3
2 Egypt: In the Realm of the Polymorphous Perverse 67
3 Hong Kong: The Red Army at the Disco 93
4 Thailand I: City of Angels 108
5 Thailand II: Mr. Minami Dances 130
6 Japan: The Emperor's New Clothes 144
7 Argentina and Uruguay: Heartbreak Tango 182
8 Australia: Out in the Outback 228
9 Australia and New Zealand: The Land They Lost 292
10 Czechoslovakia: Painting the Tank Pink 308
11 Germany: After the Wall 321
12 Denmark: How Lovely to Be Together 339
Afterword 357
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