Living Behind the Façade: Memoirs Of A Gay Man's Journey Through the 20th Century

Living Behind the Façade: Memoirs Of A Gay Man's Journey Through the 20th Century

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Overview

Living Behind the Façade is a revealing and captivating story about and by a gay man – George E. Somers – whose rich and talented life as an artist spanned most of the 20th Century. Born in the Philippines following the Spanish-American War to an American G.I. from Kansas and a beautiful Spanish girl living in Manila’s Spanish military garrison, George realized early in life that he was “different” from other boys his age – and that being “gay” was never “a choice” but an orientation he inherited from birth.

Long before the term “Gay Rights” was coined and minted in the American vernacular, and before the Gay Liberation Movement brought millions of gays and lesbians out of the closet into a still homophobic society, George’s life mirrored a shadowy era in which virtually all homosexuals were coerced into lives “behind the façade” – an ersatz heterosexual identity. Yet, in the shadows of the façade, George was part of the first gay rights organization in the United States — Society for Individual Rights.

George’s frank narrative describes the gay world and culture he has always lived in, from its obscure closeted beginnings to its more liberated present, providing gay and straight readers alike with an important and transparent portrayal of life behind, and from without, the gay façade of American society. Living Behind the Façade is more than a myth breaker, it is a significant contribution to the diverse ethnography of American Culture and Humanities.

George passed away at 101 in the San Francisco Bay Area. His book was edited and published posthumously by his nephew, Jaime Jackson .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733309424
Publisher: Natural World Publications
Publication date: 09/15/2019
Pages: 446
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

COMMENTARY by Jaime Jackson

PAGE 8

C1

THE FIRST YEARS 1914-1925

PAGE 17

2

MOVING TO AMERICA 1926-1930

PAGE 39

3

MOVING TO SAN DIEGO 1931-1932

PAGE 47

4

STARTING COLLEGE 1933-1934

PAGE 61

5

FATHER’S DEATH 1935-1936

PAGE 77

6

MOVING TO SAN FRANCISCO 1937-1941

PAGE 83

7

THE ARMY 1942-1943

PAGE 101

8

GOING TO EUROPE 1944-1945

PAGE 111

9

ON TO JAPAN 1945-1946

PAGE 143

10

RETURN TO SAN FRANCISCO 1946-1947

PAGE 159

11

MOVING TO MARIN COUNTY 1948-1954

PAGE 167

12

THE HOUSE IN LARKSPUR 1955-1965

PAGE 199

13

THE BUSH STREET HOUSE 1966-1968

PAGE 221

14

THE HOUSE IN OAKLAND 1969-PRESENT

PAGE 245

15

SPAIN AND MOROCCO 1972

PAGE 253

16

THE RIGHT ONE · THE TRAVEL BUG 1978

PAGE 267

17

BALI AND OTHER INDONESIAN PORTS OF CALL 1988, 1996

PAGE 291

18

RUSSIA 1992

PAGE 311

19

THE ARMY DOESN’T FORGET 1994, 1997

PAGE 325

20

RUSSIA, AGAIN? 1995

PAGE 331

21

TO RUSSIA WITH RICK 1997

PAGE 359

22

BORIS COMES TO AMERICA 1997

PAGE 393

23

TRIPPING THROUGH EASTERN EUROPE 1998

PAGE 403

24

PARTING THOUGHTS 2002, 2004

PAGE 431

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POSTSCRIPT by Jaime Jackson

PAGE 438

SOMERS FAMILY TREE

PAGE 440

GLOSSARY OF GAY TERMS

PAGE 441

IMAGE ATTRIBUTIONS

PAGE 444

ABOUT JAIME JACKSON

PAGE 445

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