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Under the Rainbow
Under the Rainbow
by John Carlyle
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Actor John Carlyle got his big break in 1954. New to Hollywood, the twenty-three-year-old Carlyle was cast as the assistant director of the movie-within-a movie in George Cukor's A Star is Born. Although Carlyle's scene was later cut from the film —... (read more)

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Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz
Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz
by Cynthia Carr
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David Wojnarowicz was an abused child, a teen runaway who barely finished high school, but he emerged as one of the most important voices of his generation. He found his tribe in New Yorks East Village, a neighborhood noted in the 1970s and 80s for drugs,... (read more)

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Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil
Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil
by James N Green
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For many foreign observers, Brazil still conjures up a collage of exotic images, ranging from the camp antics of Carmen Miranda to the bronzed girl (or boy) from Ipanema moving sensually over the white sands of Rio's beaches. Among these tropical... (read more)

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Going to Heaven: The Life and Election of Bishop Gene Robinson
Going to Heaven: The Life and Election of Bishop Gene Robinson
by Elizabeth Adams
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A sharecroppers son, Gene Robinson rose to become an Episcopal priest and later, the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Church. His election set off a worldwide firestorm of reaction, both positive and negative. Based on extensive interviews with... (read more)

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The Crimson Letter: Harvard, Homosexuality, and the Shaping of American Culture
The Crimson Letter: Harvard, Homosexuality, and the Shaping of American Culture
by Douglas Shand Tucci
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In a book deeply impressive in its reach while also deeply embedded in its storied setting, bestselling historian Douglass Shand-Tucci explores the nature and expression of sexual identity at Americas oldest university during the years of its greatest... (read more)

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Sal Mineo: A Biography
Sal Mineo: A Biography
by Michael Gregg Michaud
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Sal Mineo is probably most well-known for his unforgettable, Academy Award–nominated turn opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and his tragic murder at the age of thirty-seven. Finally, in this riveting new biography filled with exclusive... (read more)

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Homosexuality in Renaissance England (Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian & Gay Studies)
Homosexuality in Renaissance England (Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian & Gay Studies)
by Alan Bray
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Bray explores how men who engaged in sodomy reconciled this behavior with their society's violent loathing for the sodomite, and shows how a social more that had remained stable for centuries changed dramatically toward the end of the seventeenth century.... (read more)

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Hidden from History
Hidden from History
by Martin Duberman
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Winner of two Lambda Rising Awards. "A landmark of a book and a landmark of ideas that will shatter ignorance and delusion."—Catharine Stimpson.... (read more)

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My Father and Myself
My Father and Myself
by J R Ackerley
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Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir
Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir
by Michelle Theall
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Nuanced and poignant, heartrending and funny, Michelle Theall’s thoughtful memoir is a universal story about our quest for unconditional love from our parents, our children, and most important, from ourselves. Even when society, friends, the legal... (read more)

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Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence V. Texas
Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence V. Texas
by Dale A Carpenter
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No one could have predicted that the night of September 17, 1998, would be anything but routine in Houston, Texas. Even the call to police that a black man was "going crazy with a gun" was hardly unusual in this urban setting. Nobody could have imagined... (read more)

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The End of the Homosexual?
The End of the Homosexual?
by Dennis Altman
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In this fascinating exploration—part memoir, part political discourse—Dennis Altman, one of the preeminent academics studying gay and lesbian culture around the world, connects the changes that have happened in the queer world over... (read more)

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To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America--A History
To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America--A History
by Lillian Faderman
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This landmark work of lesbian history focuses on how certain late-nineteenth-century and twentieth-century women whose lives can be described as lesbian were in the forefront of the battle to secure the rights and privileges that large numbers of... (read more)

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Surviving Madness: A Therapist's Own Story (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies)
Surviving Madness: A Therapist's Own Story (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies)
by Betty Berzon
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'\' Celluloid Activist is the biography of gay-rights giant Vito Russo, the man who wrote The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies, commonly regarded as the foundational text of gay and lesbian film studies and one of the first to be widely read.... (read more)

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Memoirs
Memoirs
by Tennessee Williams
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When Memoirs was first published in 1975, it created quite a bit of turbulence in the mediathough long self-identified as a gay man, Williams' candor about his love life, sexual encounters, and drug use was found shocking in and of itself, and such... (read more)

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A Year Straight: Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Lesbian Beauty Queen
A Year Straight: Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Lesbian Beauty Queen
by Elena Azzoni
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After having spent nearly her entire adult life dating women (and liking it), Elena Azzoni felt pretty secure in her sexual orientation: shed even just been crowned Miss Lez 2007. Then, one day in yoga class, a male teacher moved in close to adjust her... (read more)

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The Martin Duberman Reader: The Essential Historical, Biographical, and Autobiographical Writings
The Martin Duberman Reader: The Essential Historical, Biographical, and Autobiographical Writings
by Martin Duberman
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For the past fifty years, prize-winning historian Martin Dubermans groundbreaking writings have established him as one of our preeminent public intellectuals. Founder of the first graduate program in LGBT studies in the country, he is perhaps best known... (read more)

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Ask and Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out
Ask and Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out
by Steve Estes
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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was the directive of President Clinton's 1993 military policy regarding gay and lesbian soldiers. This official silence continued a collective amnesia about the patriotic service and courageous sacrifices of homosexual troops. Ask... (read more)

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Mississippi Sissy
Mississippi Sissy
by Kevin Sessums
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Mississippi Sissy is destined to become an American classic In a book that echoes the time-honored fiction of Harper Lee and Flannery O'Connor and memoirs by Mary Karr and Augusten Burroughs, Kevin Sessums brings the American South and the... (read more)

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Nureyev: The Life
Nureyev: The Life
by Julie Kavanagh
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Rudolf Nureyev had it all: beauty, genius, charm, passion, and sex appeal. No other dancer of our time has generated the same excitement, for both men and women, on or off the stage. With Nureyev: The Life, Julie Kavanagh shows how his intense drive and... (read more)

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