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Gage, Simon.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Thunder's Mouth Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
223 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
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HQ76 .G23 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Gays and lesbians have traveled a long road from persecution to toleration and from fashionable to establishment. Terms of abuse that have long been weapons used to oppress the gay community have now been reclaimed as expressions of liberation and freedom. With wit and panache, Queer explores all avenues of gay life from avant-garde fashion to popular cartoon strips, from radical politics to global persecution. Included is a wide range of topics, magnificent spreads of personalities and icons, entertainment value, and many profoundly touching issues of our time. Queer not only presents the history and contribution of gay men and lesbians, but also takes a look across the spectrum at the advances made by the bisexual, transsexual and transgender communities and all points in between. Contributions from leading writers and commentators and a superb photo archive all add up to as definitive a statement as one can get, and, simultaneously, a great book. Featured revolutionaries include, among others, Derek Jarman, Sappho, Harvey Milk, Pat Califia, Audre Lorde, Oscar Wilde, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, Edward II, King of England, Marlene Dietrich, James Baldwin, Djuna Barnes and Brandon Teena.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

With plenty of color photos, graphics, best-of lists and miniprofiles of celebrities, plus a foreword by Boy George, Queer is a lighthearted celebration of gay and lesbian culture, especially of the last three decades. Edited by freelance writer Lisa Richard, former Boyz magazine editor Simon Gage and journalist Howard Wilmot, the book includes a survey of the gayest cities in the world, a retrospective of gay and lesbian contributions to entertainment and fashion (from drag kings to Versace) and spotlights of activists and icons ("Princess Diana: Latter day saint and gay icon or stupid spoilt bitch?"), all in a busy, slick package that will remind readers of their favorite glossy magazines. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Three London-based journalists attempt to capture here the vibrancy and diversity of gay culture and life in over 200 glossy pages. Although laden with beautiful photos and featuring a cutting-edge layout, the book ultimately falls short in imparting some vital information. In the opening chapter, for instance, readers may find the order of subjects confusing, as it covers everything from homoerotica to the Spice Girls. Further, the authors don't devote enough space to discussing the influence of the gay community on the fashion world, and they gloss over the subjects of gay activism and gay rights. AIDS, also given short shrift, deserves more than a four-page time line. On a more positive note, the book includes a tour de force of facts on everything from sex toys to contraception, as well as a couple of basic but useful maps highlighting cities popular with gays in the United States and abroad. There is also an engaging profile of gay writer Quentin Crisp. Although uneven in coverage and lacking a clear direction, this book may serve as an introductory look at the many facets of the gay community. For large public libraries. Irving Cumberbatch, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Boy George
Forewordp. 6
Introduction--Why Queer?p. 8
Gay Universep. 12
Nature/Nurturep. 48
Between the Sheetsp. 70
Right on Sisterp. 84
Location, Location, Locationp. 104
The Way We Werep. 120
Gay to Straightp. 136
The Lookp. 154
Let Me Entertain Youp. 170
Picture creditsp. 218
Indexp. 220
Acknowledgmentsp. 224