The Unofficial Gay Manual

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As the twentieth century draws to a close, it appears that it's at long last okay - even cool - to be gay. Kevin DiLallo and Jack Krumholtz say it's about time. Just at this historical turning point comes The Unofficial Gay Manual, a wild and witty guide to the tribal customs of the red-blooded American gay male. With essays, multiple-choice and true-false tests, lists, sidebars, and charts, the Manual explains it all for you with items that are as informative and enlightening as they are laugh-out-loud funny. ...
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Overview

As the twentieth century draws to a close, it appears that it's at long last okay - even cool - to be gay. Kevin DiLallo and Jack Krumholtz say it's about time. Just at this historical turning point comes The Unofficial Gay Manual, a wild and witty guide to the tribal customs of the red-blooded American gay male. With essays, multiple-choice and true-false tests, lists, sidebars, and charts, the Manual explains it all for you with items that are as informative and enlightening as they are laugh-out-loud funny. Profusely illustrated with photos and drawings, The Unofficial Gay Manual is hip enough to titillate the most jaded urbanite, and wholesome enough to take home to Mom - an absolute must-have for gay men, their families and friends, and a hilarious eye-opener for just about everyone else.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385474450
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,438,475
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2004

    Unfortunately embarassing & unfunny stereotyping

    This is exactly what the gay community does NOT need in its hour of truth: an unfunny and embarassingly pedestrian 'guide' to gay men and all their little stereotypical quirks you've heard everywhere else (gay men can decorate, they can take care of their hair, they can buy clothing, etc etc). It may induce a chuckle from someone for whom the constant media attention given to this gay clone is actually interesting (a la Jack from 'Will and Grace' and 'Queer Eye' ad infinitum), but if one looks at this book as another in a line of cheesy portrayals of gay yuppies then it isn't even timely. As it may target straight people with an interest in what gay culture is really all about, it hideously puts forth a mass of clean little categories (twink, bear, and so forth) that make gay men look like the most downright self-absorbed and curturally ignorant animals that have ever existed. As it targets gay people as some sort of self-reflective humor, it only adds to a profound sense of rule-by-loud-minority that has always existed in gay culture and will continue to do so. The 'Jacks' and 'queer-eyes' evidently need books like this to laugh about themselves and each other, while the majority of gay men sit back and laugh at them, except to understand that somewhere a gay male teenager is coming into his own, feels not the least bit comfortable with this creepy stereotype portrayed as 'standard' by these authors, is afraid of the public retribution he may get from his parents and friends for being such a mannequinized clone, and thus is shoved even further into the closet for good, maybe even permanently. Bravo, Mr. DiLallo & Mr. Krumholtz! You've shown your true, ahem, colors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Omg guys

    Im too big to fit in that tiny mold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000

    The Must Have Guide for Gay Men!

    The Publisher's synopsis is right on target. This book is a must for the bookshelf of any gay man! From where to shop, to what books & CDs to own, to where to travel and meet men, this book covers it all in a witty way that resonates with the experience of any gay man. The prototypes of gay men are given, as are diagrams of rooms in the gay home. And underneath the outrageously amusing descriptions are plenty of profound gems. Its true-to-life lists range from 'How to Tell a Bottom from a Top' to 'Reasons to Feel Lucky to Have a Gay Son'. Whether coming out or having been out, this book condenses all the essentials of being a gay man. It's the gay reference guide that will keep you laughing for a long time.

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