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. Profusely illustrated, Gay America reveals how gay men and women have lived, worked and loved for the past 125 years.
First touching on colonial times, the book quickly moves on to the Victorian period and beyond, including such historical milestones as the Roaring ’20s, the Kinsey study, the “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, it 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.
Named a 2010 Stonewall Honor Book (Children’s and Young Adult) by the American Library Association • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Young Adult Books of 2008 • Starred review in Booklist • Listed in the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age 2009, the American Library Association’s 2009 Rainbow List, CCBC Choices 2009 (Cooperative Children’s Book Center) • Finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Randy Shilts Award
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