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Image Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth-century America
(282 Pages) Captures the lesbian and gay struggle for equal rights
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Image Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay
(128 Pages) Sure to become a modern LGBTQ+ pride classic, this “amazing” celebration of the pains and joys of growing up gay features personal stories from around the world (The Huffington Post) Based on the hugely popular blog of the same name, Born This Way shares 100 different memories of growing up LGBTQ+. Childhood photographs are accompanied by sweet, funny—and at times, heartbreaking—personal stories. Collected from around the world and dating from the 1940s to today, these memories speak to the hardships of an unaccepting world and the triumph of pride, self-love, and self-acceptance. This intimate little book is a wonderful gift for all members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as their friends and families. Like Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project, Born This Way gives young people everywhere the courage to say, “Yes, I’m gay. And I was born this way. I’ve known it since I was very young, and this is my story.”
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Image Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-sex Marriages
(190 Pages) The inspiring story of America's only successful battle for gay marriage—the court cases, the protests, and finally, the weddings! On November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court granted equal marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision provoked a searing public debate over the meaning of marriage and family, civil rights, and the role of religion in law and society. But the experiment went forward nonetheless: thousands of Massachusetts gays and lesbians married and, remarkably, the sky did not fall. Through engaging storytelling and powerful photographs, Courting Equality takes readers through the volatile public debate following the decision and introduces some of the many lesbian and gay families who have taken advantage of equal marriage laws. In Massachusetts, equal marriage has not destroyed the family but rather has reinforced the importance of love, commitment, fairness, and equality to the functioning of healthy democratic communities. A former professor of English and Women's Studies, Patricia A. Gozemba is the coauthor of Pockets of Hope: How Students and Teachers Change the World. She is also a founding member of The History Project, which has been documenting LGBT Boston since 1980. The former editor of Sojourner: The Women's Forum, Karen Kahn also edited Frontline Feminism: Essays from Sojourner's First Twenty Years. Gozemba and Kahn got married in September 2005; they live in Salem, Massachusetts. "Courting Equality offers timely and vivid testimony to the power of commitment. Gozemba and Kahn take great care in tracing the complex legal and legislative processes that resulted in the first legal same-sex weddings. These fascinating behind-the-scenes stories are valuable reminders that the profound historic events surrounding the Goodridge case were played out on an intimate, human scale, in the lives of real families. Marilyn Humphries' photographs are a gift to us all. They provide moving and eloquent documentation of each stage in the struggle to end discrimination in the Massachusetts marriage statutes. Courting Equality bears witness to the determination, the love, and, ultimately, the jubilation of thousands of ordinary people who believed in an extraordinary dream." —Rev. William G. Sinkford, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations "In Courting Equality, Marilyn Humphries' stunning photos show both what the struggle for equality looks like and what it feels like. She has been there every step of the way as this history has unfolded. She, Patricia Gozemba, and Karen Kahn have documented an important piece of American history and our national project of expanding fairness and ending discrimination. The more people get to know gay people, the more they support us, our families, and our rights. This book shows how some of our own legislators and fellow citizens got to know us and their journey to embracing fairness. Courting Equality will help others make that journey." —Mary L. Bonauto, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lead counsel, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health "Courting Equality is a very important book on several levels. First, it chronicles the events that led up to same sex marriage in Massachusetts, an historic event in our country's move towards making the wonderful principles of the Constitution applicable to all of our citizens. Second, it shows how political support in the elected Legislature grew rapidly as the reality of allowing same sex couples to love each other demolished the prejudices that prevented same sex marriage previously. Finally, it reinforces the point—which was no surprise to those of us fighting for equal treatment for all people—that same sex marriage has been an entirely positive thing for thousands of men and women in Massachusetts, and has had zero negative consequences at all. Too often, political literature focuses on the bad news, Courting Equality tells some very good news very well." —Congressman Barney Frank "Courting Equality is a remarkable chronicle of exactly how social change happens. Marilyn Humpries'vivid photographic documentation of the fight for same-sex marriage hardly needs any elaboration, but Kahn's and Gozemba's accompanying legal history is riveting. Words and pictures together create a moving, human portrait of representative democracy at work." —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For "Hopefully, MassEquality or some other such group will also distribute a copy of Beacon Press's newly published Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriage to every lawmaker. The book is an elegantly moving and gorgeously illustrated account of the battle for civil marriage rights here in Massachusetts." —Bay Windows, book mention in the May 3rd issue "For gay marriage boosters, to read "Courting Equality" is a literary experience of sheer ecstasy, a brief pause of unbridled joy in the ongoing - and by no means over - struggle to preserve and protect same-sex marriage. It's a delightful sneak peak over the rainbow." —In Newsweekly "The pictures of protests and rallies—both the pro and anti-forces swarming with energy—make you feel like you're witnessing a combination of the American Revolution and a sizzling Red Sox game. Marginalized no more, these gay couples (in both senses of the word) are photographed goin' to the chapel, hugging kids, looking joyful, homey, even rather Hallmark mainstream—at last." —Improper Bostonian Marilyn Humphries is an independent photojournalist whose work over the past twenty-five years has appeared in numerous publications, ranging from the New York Times and The Pro g ressive to Bay Windows, Gay Community News, and the Boston Phoenix. She lives in Beverly, Massachusetts.
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Image Dear Friends: American Photographs of Men Together 1840-1918
(160 Pages) 'Dear Friends' is the first book to demonstrate how common it was for 19th-century American men to commemorate intimate friendships with a visit to the local photographer. Reproducing more than 100 never-before-published vintage photographs, this book provides evidence of a kind of physical intimacy between men that challenges the conventional view of the Victorian era. David Deitcher's provocative text combines historical research, social observation, and pictorial analysis to explore the nature of same-sex affection between men during the period.
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Image Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture
(310 Pages) Features A-to-Z listings on such topics as people, films, television shows, and sports figures that have contributed to gay and lesbian popular culture, including entries on The Advocate, "La Cage Aux Folles," and The Village People.
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Image Homo Art
(189 Pages) From phallic statues and racy antique urns to homoerotic etchings and orgiastic paintings, the pieces portrayed in this eclectic collection of images pay homage to men and men on men via a very special voyage through the history of art.
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Image Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS
(85 Pages) Photojournalist Carolyn Jones's vivid and life-affirming portraits capture people from all backgroundschildren and grandmothers, men and women of every raceliving with HIV and AIDS. These compelling pictures illustrate the self-confidence and wisdom of ordinary people living life to the fullest. Design Industries Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA) is the sole recipient of the royalties from the sale of this book. 75 bandw illustrations. (Previously published at $19.95)
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Image Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet Into the Stonewall Era
(224 Pages) More than one hundred vivid photographs of the LGBTQ revolution--and its public and intimate moments in the 1960s and 70s--that lit a fire still burning today.
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Image Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts
(342 Pages) Covering the history of homosexuality in art, this comprehensive chronicle of gay and lesbian visual expression covers the field, from the sexual practices of prehistoric people, to satirical Medieval art, to the emergence of modern-day gay institutions. 12,500 first printing. Tour.
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Image Queer Space
(231 Pages) In Building Sex, architecture critic and curator Aaron Betsky looked at how traditional gender roles have influenced architecture. In Queer Space, he examines how same-sex desire is creating an entirely new architecture. Gay men and women are in the forefront of architectural innovation, reclaiming abandoned neighborhoods, redefining urban spaces, and creating liberating interiors out of hostile environments. Queer spaces have arisen out of the experiences of homosexuals in a straight culture. Often forced to hide their true nature, gay men and women have turned inward, playing with the norms of interior space and creating environments of stagecraft and celebration where they can define themselves with out fear. Their experiments point the way to an architecture that can free us all from the imprisoning structures and spaces of the modern city.
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Image The Hungry Heart
(162 Pages)
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Image The Invisibles: Vintage Portraits of Love and Pride. Gay Couples in the Early Twentieth Century
(144 Pages) A charming collection of vintage photos of gay couples privately and often secretly celebrating their relationships. This volume is a unique collection of photographs of gay couples from 1900 to 1960. While this is a time many now regard as the deeply closeted "dark ages," these photos show gay couples who were clearly out (at least for a moment)-some camping it up for the cameras while others in loving or clearly domestic poses. These photographs were discovered and collected by the author at flea markets and garage sales, the names of the subjects and their photographers lost to time. He was intrigued by the fact that the pictures show couples posed hand in hand, revealing happiness, serenity, and a surprising air of freedom so unlike the image of gays suffering in secret or fighting for their rights. This unique collection inspired Sebastien Lifshitz to restore to these nameless couples their voices in his documentary movie The Invisibles for which he was awarded the Cesar Award for Best Documentary in 2013.
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Image The Quilt: Stories from the NAMES Project
(160 Pages) Brings together a compelling sampling of the panels that make up the beautiful quilt dedicated to those who have fallen victim to AIDS--a project created by family, friends, and companions in memory of their loved ones
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Image Women in Love: Portraits of Lesbian Mothers & Their Families
(132 Pages) Looks at the daily realities of parenting and living as a lesbian in the United States
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Image Women in Love: Portraits of Lesbian Mothers & Their Families
(132 Pages) Looks at the daily realities of parenting and living as a lesbian in the United States
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