The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America

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Grove Press, 2007 - History - 418 pages
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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 on every continent where gay people have found the courage and the dignity to be free. "The Gay Metropolis" is a compelling social and political history of modern gay life in America. Charles Kaiser is the first author to devote 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. Though it focuses on New York City, "The Gay Metropolis" includes stops in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Paris, Egypt, and Israel to capture wry, important, or novel tales. And it covers the major social, political, and cultural events that have affected the way gay people view themselves and how they have been treated by the larger society.
 

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THE GAY METROPOLIS, 1940-1996

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This chronicle of gay life in New York City over the last half a century tells a story of progressive cultural, social, and political vindication. Seasoned journalist Kaiser's earlier book, 1968 in ... Read full review

The gay metropolis: 1940-1996

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Journalist Kaiser (1968 in America, LJ 10/15/88) explores how postwar New York City "became the literal gay metropolis for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from within and without the United States ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
ix
THE FORTIES
1
THE FIFTIES
63
THE SIXTIES
133
THE SEVENTIES
203
THE EIGHTIES
265
THE NINETIES
325
AFTERWORD
347
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
359
NOTES
363
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
393
INDEX
399
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Charles Kaiser was born in Washington D.C. but was raised in several different cities throughout the world. He was schooled at Columbia University, where he later became a professor. Kaiser also taught at Princeton University and was a writer for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. Along with contributing articles to New York, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and The New York Observer, Kaiser wrote two books: 1968 in America and Gay Metropolis: 1940-1996.

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