Out Of The Closets / Edition 2

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Filled with Joyous self-affirmation, angry manifestos, and searching personal reflections, this classic work provides a close look at the individuals and ideologies of this important social movement. In the tradition of Sisterhood is Powerful, Out of the Closets presents , in their own words, the views, values attitudes, aspirations, and circumstances of the early generation of gay and lesbian liberationists. Highlighting both how much and how little has changed since Stonewall, this work is essential reading for anyone concerned with the history of sexuality and the legal and social status of lesbians and gays in contemporary America.
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Editorial Reviews

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”It is wonderful to have Out of the Closets again available. A pioneering anthology that had a profound impact in its first incarnation in 1972, it still speaks powerfully to the condition of gay men and lesbians in American life, recounting sorrows and joys, offering solace and strategy, celebrating the remarkable diversity and creativity of those who are different.”

-Martin Duberman,Distinguished Professor of History, City University of New York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814741832
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1992
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 0.97 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Karla Jay has written, edited, and translated nine books, the most recent of which are Dyke Life and Lesbian Erotics. Dyke Life won the 1996 Lambda Literary Award in the category of Lesbian Studies. She is editor of NYU Press's series, "The Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life and Literature." This is the only lesbian studies series in the world from a university press. In existence since 1992, the series now spans some 20 books of original criticism, reprints, translations and recovered archival letters and manuscripts. Dr. Jay has written for many publications, including Ms. Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, and Lambda Book Report. She is Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies at Pace University in New York City. She is currently at work on two books, Ten Decades of Struggle: Gay and Lesbian Life in the United States (Oxford UP) and Tales of the lavender Menace (Basic).

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
Christopher Street Liberation Day, June 28, 1970 4
Out of the Closets, Into the Streets 6
Gay Is Good 31
Dear Mom 34
My Soul Vanished From Sight: A California Saga of Gay Liberation 38
The Closet Syndrome 58
A Gay Critique of Modern Literary Criticism 66
An Open Letter to Tennessee Williams 69
Queer Books 72
Happy Birthday, Baby Butch 96
Sissy in Prison: An Interview With Ron Vernon 99
Rapping With a Street Transvestite Revolutionary: An Interview With Marcia Johnson 112
Lesbians and the Health Care System 122
Gay Liberation Meets the Shrinks 141
A Leaflet for the American Medical Association 145
Surviving Psychotherapy 147
The Orderly 153
The Anthropological Perspective 157
Gay Bureaucrats: What Are They Doing to You? 165
The Woman-Identified Woman 172
Realesbians and Politicalesbians 177
A Letter From Mary 182
Take a Lesbian to Lunch 185
Hanoi to Hoboken, A Round Trip Ticket 195
Lesbians and the Ultimate Liberation of Women 201
The Cuban Revolution and Gay Liberation 206
On the Venceremos Brigade 228
Letter From Cuban Gay People to the North American Gay Liberation Movement 244
Declaration by the First National Congress on Education and Culture 246
Responses 247
Gay Revolution and Sex Roles 252
Smash Phallic Imperialism 259
On Sex Roles and Equality 262
Cruising: Games Men Play 264
The Fairy Princess Exposed 266
The Politics of My Sex Life 270
Portrait of the Lesbian as a Young Dyke 275
Will You Still Need Me When I'm 64? 278
My Gay Soul 282
Looking at Women 284
Leaving the Gay Men Behind 290
Notes on Gay Male Consciousness-Raising 293
Somewhere in the Right Direction: Testimony of My Experience in a Gay Male Living Collective 301
Problems of an Inter-racial Relationship 315
Epistle to Tasha 318
Elitism 318
Viewpoint of an Anti-Sexist Marxist 323
A Gay Manifesto 330
Gay Revolution Party Manifesto 342
Working Paper for the Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention 346
I.D., Leadership and Violence 352
What We Want, What We Believe 363
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