Old 03-24-2005, 10:02 AM
NotWithoutRage is offline
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Gay History books

I have a $100 gift certificate to spend on Amazon! I'm especially fascinated by GLBT history, and have read seemingly everything (all of Kramer and Shilts' stuff, all the Gay Metropolist and Gay New York type books, etc). Anyone have any suggestions on recently published stuff in this genre?
Old 03-24-2005, 10:23 AM
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Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy is an excellent and accessible book about a very interesting woman.
Old 03-24-2005, 10:31 AM
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Have you read Lillian Faderman? She has written a couple of excellent lesbian histories. Well researched, and very interesting. I particularly recommend Odd girls and twilight lovers : a history of lesbian life in twentieth-century America.
Old 03-24-2005, 11:39 AM
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Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the 14th Century by John Boswell is incredibly informative. Dry as dust in places, but very informative.
Old 03-24-2005, 12:18 PM
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Gay Book of Days. Good read.
Old 03-24-2005, 04:04 PM
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Completely Queer is a good general encyclopedia of gay history (if your gift cert. is good for used items you can get it really cheaply). It will introduce you to Mattachine Society, Harlem Renaissance gays, etc..

And the Band Played On is considered the definitive history of the gay movement in the early days of AIDS

Here's a good list compiled by an Amazon user of hyperlinked gay history titles.
Old 03-24-2005, 04:05 PM
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Oh, and of course no gay history collection is complete without this DVD (the most fabulous documentary on movies ever made).
Old 03-24-2005, 04:23 PM
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Warriors of God - Richard The Lionheart & Saladin In The Third Crusade.
By: Jim Reston
Old 03-24-2005, 06:21 PM
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Michael Young's King James and the History of Homosexuality is pretty good and was published about five years ago...
Old 03-24-2005, 06:22 PM
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History is actually a rather depressing subject . . . oh. Never mind.


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