Synopses & Reviews
Steven Seidman offers the first sustained account of the post-closeted gay world. Since the Stonewall rebellions, lesbian and gay life has been understood in terms of 'being in' or 'coming out' of the closet. Seidman argues that a new configuration of gay life is taking shape, and that the closet is disappearing.
Gay life has become increasingly open in the last decade. In "Beyond the Closet," acclaimed author and social critic Steven Seidman presents a unique and invaluable chronicle of this lifestyle change and to look at the lives of contemporary gays and lesbians to see how their "out" status has been altered. Powered by the raw, honest stories of today's gay men and women and analysis of gays in recent films and in popular culture, Seidman shows how the closet is a twentieth-century historical oddity, one that could only exist in a period that combined a strong sense of gay identity with oppressive antigay discrimination.
This compelling, well-written and intelligent account is an important step forward for the gay and lesbian community.
Gay life has become increasingly open in the last decade. In Beyond the Closet, Steven Seidman, a well-known author and leading scholar in sexuality, is the first to chronicle this lifestyle change and to look at the lives of contemporary gays and lesbians to see how their out status has changed. This compelling, well-written, and smart account is an important step forward for the gay and lesbian community.