Queer in America: Sex, the Media, and the Closets of Power

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In this tenth-anniversary edition, journalist Michelangelo Signorile updates his classic Queer in America, the bestseller that exposed the hypocrisy and prejudice that pervade mainstream American institutions. This third edition includes a new preface and a new chapter with an eye-opening critique of present-day America and its attitude toward gays and lesbians.

Signorile came to the nation's attention in 1990 when he broke a long-standing media taboo by revealing ...

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Overview

In this tenth-anniversary edition, journalist Michelangelo Signorile updates his classic Queer in America, the bestseller that exposed the hypocrisy and prejudice that pervade mainstream American institutions. This third edition includes a new preface and a new chapter with an eye-opening critique of present-day America and its attitude toward gays and lesbians.

Signorile came to the nation's attention in 1990 when he broke a long-standing media taboo by revealing the homosexuality of such individuals as the late Malcolm Forbes and then-Assistant Secretary of Defense Pete Williams. In this national bestseller, he issues a call-to-arms which refuses to allow "the closet" to endure.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gay activist, Advocate and Out columnist Signorile, a pioneer of ``outing,'' has exposed the homosexuality of public figures like Malcolm Forbes, Assistant Secretary of Defense Pete Williams and record producer David Geffen. In this combative, powerful, gutsy book, he charges that three power structures--Washington, Hollywood, the media industry--conspire to keep gays and lesbians in the closet. Without divulging names, he asserts that several high-ranking Pentagon officials are closeted gays, as were key figures in George Bush's reelection campaign who put forth the ``family values'' theme. Among the lesbians and gays he profiles are Anne-Imelda Radice, acting head of the National Endowment for the Arts; Chastity Bono, daughter of Cher; and Sheila Kuehl, formerly a star of TV's Dobie Gillis and now a radical feminist attorney. Signorile also tells the anguished stories of still-closeted people in power; describes his guilt-ridden childhood in working-class Italian Brooklyn; and surveys Silicon Valley's ``gay-positive'' computer firms. Author tour. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299193744
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelangelo Signorile is a syndicated columnist and lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

2003 Preface
1993 Preface: On Naming Names
Introduction: The Closets of Power
Pt. I Queer in New York
1 Lights, Camera, ACT UP 3
2 A Queer's Own Story 18
3 Hype Anxiety 36
4 Out of the Closets and into the Streets 53
5 Outing, Part I 69
Pt. II Queer in Washington
6 Operation Out-the-Pentagon 97
7 Inning the Outing 123
8 Outing, Part II 147
9 All the Presidents' Queers 165
Pt. III Queer in Hollywood
10 The Crucifixion of Zelda Gilroy 223
11 From McCarthy to Medved 230
12 Smashing the Celluloid Closet 250
13 Outing, Part III 286
14 The Resurrection of Sheila Kuehl 321
Epilogue: Queer in America
15 The Oregon Nightmare 331
16 The Silicon Solution 342
17 A Queer Manifesto 363
Acknowledgments 369
Afterword 371
Queer in America 2003 400
Notes 436
Index 438
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