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

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

by Michelangelo Signorile
     
 

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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

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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.

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Queer in America offers a detailed and powerful account of the destructive workings of the closet on the lives of those in it, gay people in general, and the social institutions that structure meaning and power in America. Openly gay people, in order to live morally, must not play along with the convention of the closet [which] treats gays as less than human...Signorile’s brilliant analysis shows why.”—Richard D. Mohr, The Nation

“In this combative, powerful, gutsy book, [Signorile] charges that three power structures—Washington, Hollywood, the media industry—conspire to keep gays and lesbians in the closet.”—Publishers Weekly

"I consider Queer in America one of the most important books of the twentieth century."—Larry Kramer

“A journalistic history of gay activism in the AIDS era, a coming-of-age coming-out memoir, a manual for guerrilla politics in the Age of Information, and even a utopian blueprint for the high-tech liberation of coming generations of lesbians and gay men. Queer in America will open minds as well as closets.”—Washington Post

"Signorile has almost single-handedly transformed the American political landscape."—Boston Phoenix

"[Queer in America’s] greatest contribution lies not in [its] defense of outing, but in its critical analysis of the closet. Signorile proposes that the closet, while a private tragedy, is also a public institution, one that’s actively maintained by the media, the political establishment, and the entertainment industry. . . . A provocative idea from a provocative thinker [whom] you may embrace or detest, but you can’t easily dismiss."—New York Newsday

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:
07/15/2003
Edition description:
2
Pages:
446
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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