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Gay America: Struggle for Equalityby Linas Alsenas
This is a book that should be available for every teen, gay or straight. In fact, many adults could learn a thing or two about the history of gay Americans from this book. Using both primary and secondary sources, as well as a plethora of fantastic photographs, Gay America is a fascinating and enjoyable read.
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Milestones of gay and lesbian life in the United States are brought together in the first-ever nonfiction book published specifically for teens.
Profusely illustrated with archival images, the groundbreaking Gay America reveals how gay men and women have lived, worked, and loved for the past 125 years. Gays and lesbians play a very prominent role in American life today, whether grabbing headlines over political gains, starring in and being the subject of movies and television shows, or filling the streets of nearly every major city each year to celebrate Gay Pride. However, this was not always the case, and this book charts their journey along with the history of the country.
and#160;First touching on colonial times, the book moves on to the Victorian period and beyond, including such historical milestones as the Roaring and#8217;20s, the Kinsey study, the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s, the Beat generation, Stonewall, disco, AIDS, and present-day battles over gay marriage. Providing a sense of hope mixed with pride, author Linas Alsenas demonstrates how, within one century, gay women and men have gone from being socially invisible to becoming a political force to be reckoned with and proud members of the American public living openly and honestly. The book includes a bibliography and an index.
Marty Sullivan’s life ends, basically, when her parents enroll her in a private high school. A private, Catholic, girls-only high school. Meanwhile, at their local public school, her best friend, Jimmy, comes out of the closet and finds himself a boyfriend and a new group of friends. Marty feels left out and alone, until she gets a part in the school musical, Into the Woods, and Jimmy and his new crew are in it, too! Things start looking even better when Marty falls for foxy fellow cast member Felix Peroni. And Felix seems to like her back. But the drama is just beginning. . . . Can Marty and Jimmy keep up their friendship? And is Marty’s new beau everything he appears to be? Or is Marty too clueless to figure it all out before it’s too late?
Milestones of gay and lesbian life in the United States are brought together in the first-ever nonfiction book on the topic published specifically for teens.
This groundbreaking book for young readers captures the people and movements of gay and lesbian history in America. Profusely illustrated with period photographs, first-person accounts offer insight as each chapter identifies an important era. From the Gay '20s to the Kinsey study, from the McCarthy witch hunts to the Beat generation, from Stonewall to disco, and from AIDS to gay marriage and families, this overview gives a balanced look at how queer men and women have lived, worked, played—and fought to overcome prejudice and discrimination—for the past 125 years.
Gay America offers an historically accurate evolution of gay and lesbian life in the United States that is unavailable in any other resource for teens. An ideal starting point for further reading, it includes an in-depth bibliography to encourage further exploration.
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