The gay metropolis, 1940-1996
The gay metropolis, 1940-1996 / Charles Kaiser.
1st Harvard ed.
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, 1998.
xii, 404 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
<Publisher description> http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/har041/98015055.html
A Harvest book
Includes bibliographical references (p. -386) and index.
For hundreds of thousands of gay Americans, New York City is the literal gay metropolis: the place where they have learned how to live openly, honestly, and without shame. But the figurative gay metropolis is much larger: it encompasses every place where gay people have found the courage and the dignity to be free. This book is a social and political history of modern gay life in America, covering events that have affected the way gay people view themselves and how they have been treated by the larger society. Journalist Kaiser devotes equal attention to the personal and the political, alternating between the intimate stories of people as famous as Leonard Bernstein and Gore Vidal and as little known as Sandy Kern, a young Brooklyn woman who first heard the word "lesbian" when a neighbor spied her with an arm around her girlfriend at the end of a wartime blackout.--From publisher description.
Lambda Literary Award, 1997
- Kinsey subjects
Homosexuality history--United States.
Homosexuals civil liberties--United States.
Social conditions--United States.