Rough News Daring Views

Rough News Daring Views

by John Dececco, Phd, Jim Kepner
     
 

Rough News—Daring Views: 1950s’Pioneer Gay Press Journalism is a collection of the most challenging and wide-ranging essays on gay life—its political, social, religious, and historical aspects—to appear in the pioneer gay press in America. Jim Kepner's contributions to ONE Magazine, the Mattachine Review, ONE Institute Quarterly of Homophile… See more details below

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Rough News—Daring Views: 1950s’Pioneer Gay Press Journalism is a collection of the most challenging and wide-ranging essays on gay life—its political, social, religious, and historical aspects—to appear in the pioneer gay press in America. Jim Kepner's contributions to ONE Magazine, the Mattachine Review, ONE Institute Quarterly of Homophile Studies, ONE Confidential, and other publications, at a time when to produce or possess any such material was judged illegal and subversive, are invaluable to students of gay history, homosexuality and the law, and religious and biological arguments on the subject, as well as for analysts of the progress and goals of the gay liberation movement. It is also a popular reader for gays, researchers, teachers, and journalism students interested in the almost overlooked history of the gay and lesbian movement before Stonewall.

The importance of Jim Kepner's contributions to the 1950s’gay press cannot be overstated. In the author's words, “I shed the apologetic attitudes, explored the meaning of gayness, looked at various social and legal aspects of gay life, and critically analyzed the homophobic views of many psychotherapists, theologians, and others, exploring our history and literature, and covering then-current witch-hunts against gays and discussing how we could define and advance our cause. My articles covered . . . a wide range of gay concerns, generally moving well ahead of the timid or homophobic thinking of most gays at the time (though, as shown here, my own ideas also had some evolving to do).” In Rough News—Daring Views, you'll uncover revolutionary articles and reports on:

  • the first detailed refutation of claims by a psychotherapist that all exclusive homosexuals were neurotic and could be cured
  • the first American outline for a class on Homosexual Sociology
  • the first exploration in the American gay press of the question of Whitman's homosexuality
  • accounts of the new thinking by British churchmen about homosexuality, morality, and the law, and an overview of religion and homosexuality
  • accounts of legal battles and a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court
  • anecdotal explorations of the gay beach, the single life, and gays lonely at Christmas time
  • explorations of the biological evidence of homosexuality
  • the early progress of the gay and lesbian (then referred to as “homophile”) movement
  • an account of the 1907-1909 trials on homosexual charges of intimate friends of Kaiser Wilhelm II that effectively removed moderates from the German Imperial government and set Germany on the disastrous road to World War and Nazism

    Kepner's writings from the pioneer gay press in America will help gays today understand where they came from, how they thought about themselves five decades ago, how society treated them, and how gays began to reject the definitions put on them by authorities, and begin the process of redefining gays and their place in the world.

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A collection of 10 articles Kepner wrote for , the , and other gay publications during a period when producing or possessing such material was illegal and considered subversive. Discusses claims that homosexuals could be cured, an outline for a class on homosexual sociology, Whitman's homosexuality, the thinking of British churchmen, legal battles, and other topics. A resource for social historians and a sobering window for young readers to life before Stonewall. Paper edition (1-56023-896-8), $24.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789001405
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
462
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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