Laurie Blum, November 23, 2006 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
With an emphasis on LA,CA, authors Faderman & Timmons speak to readers about gay history. Archivists dating back to the 19th century; interviews of 250 people; recovered court transcripts; private mementos; scrapbooks; many other public & private resources provided raw materials for their informative, detailed account. This research indicates that "historically, more lesbian and gay institutions started in Los Angeles than anywhere else on the planet." A worthwhile enlightening read!
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dtlajaime, November 18, 2006 (view all comments by dtlajaime)
An entertaining read chronicling the development of Los Angeles gay and lesbian history from earliest days of Hollywood thru the activist days of Gay Liberation Front. Never before told stories based upon hundreds of interviews of the pioneers who participated In the events that made our history.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"This social, political and cultural history of lesbian and gay life in Los Angeles by two seasoned historians is easily the subject's definitive work. Presenting a wealth of fact and analysis, Faderman (Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers) and Timmons (The Trouble with Harry Hay) breeze through the highlights of L.A. gay history. They begin with the suppression of Native Americans' sexual and gender expression by 16th-century Spanish missionaries, before exploring how gender-bending Hollywood stars such as Garbo and Katharine Hepburn shaped popular culture in the 1930s; the emergence of gay public places during the '40s and '50s; and the influence of gay religious groups in the 1970s. While much gay history has centered on white gay men, the authors add important material about the vital role of lesbians and people of color, such as Helen Sandoz and Anne Carll Reid, who worked to bridge the gender gap in 1950s homosexual politics. Although this popular history doesn't strive for academic comprehensiveness, it's filled with illuminating facts — such as that gay men rioted and protested for several days after police raided the Black Cat bar in 1967, two years before the Stonewall Riots in New York. 16 pages of b&w photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Library Journal,
"Full of fascinating anecdotes (including much on Hollywood), wise and fair analysis, and significant and inspiring examples of courageous resistance recaptured from the unwritten histories of the past."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Vital intellectual fare brimming with fascinating history."
by Los Angeles Times,
"Faderman and Timmons deliver a meticulously researched history of the city to support their claim that Los Angeles is the city with the most influence on the gay movement over the last 200 years."
by Francine Prose,
"Compelling....Poignant and moving, full of facts and wonderful details that readers may not have encountered, things that are a pleasure to learn and seem important to know."
Award-winning historian Lillian Faderman teams with journalist Stuart Timmons to write the first history of gay life in America's ultimate frontier town: Los Angeles
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