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Gay Essentials : Facts for Your Queer Brain - David Bianco

Gay Essentials

Facts for Your Queer Brain

Paperback Published: 1st November 1999
ISBN: 9781555835088
Number Of Pages: 288

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Who was Sappho? How gay were the ancient Greeks? How was ACT UP founded? If you can ask it, David Bianco can answer it, and he does in this often hilarious, always on-target collection of questions and answers about facts in gay culture.

Introductionp. xii
Who was Sappho?p. 1
How gay was the Renaissance?p. 4
When were the first sodomy laws passed in America?p. 8
Were there any gay heroes in the American Revolution?p. 11
Were "passing" women lesbians?p. 14
Who was Walt Whitman?p. 18
Who was Karl Heinrich Ulrichs?p. 21
How did San Francisco become so gay?p. 25
Was Susan B. Anthony a lesbian?p. 28
Who were the "berdaches"?p. 31
Who was Katherine Lee Bates?p. 35
What was the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee?p. 39
What were Oscar Wilde's trials about?p. 42
What is the history of gay bathhouses?p. 46
When did American gays, lesbians, and others first start calling themselves "queer"?p. 49
Who was E.M. Forster?p. 52
Who were Havelock Ellis and Edith Lees Ellis?p. 55
How gay was the Harlem Renaissance?p. 58
Who were Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas?p. 61
Who was Willa Cather?p. 65
What was the Leopold and Loeb case?p. 69
Who was Natalie Barney?p. 72
What was the first gay rights organization in America?p. 75
Who was Janet Flanner?p. 79
What was the "Padlock" Bill?p. 82
What was The Well of Loneliness?p. 85
Who was Babe Didrikson Zaharias?p. 88
Was Eleanor Roosevelt a lesbian?p. 91
What was The Children's Hour?p. 93
What happened to gays and lesbians during the Holocaust?p. 97
Who were some of the lesbians in Hollywood's golden age?p. 100
What is the origin of the phrase "a friend of Dorothy's"?p. 103
Who were Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead?p. 105
What were the army drag shows during World War II?p. 108
What were "blue discharges"?p. 112
When did the American gay and lesbian press begin?p. 115
How gay were Tennessee Williams's plays?p. 118
What was the Kinsey Report?p. 121
What were the lesbian pulp novels of the 1950s?p. 125
What were physique magazines?p. 128
Who was Christine Jorgensen?p. 131
What was the Mattachine Society?p. 135
How did McCarthyism affect gays and lesbians?p. 138
Who were the Daughters of Bilitis?p. 141
Who was Rudi Gernreich?p. 144
Who was James Baldwin?p. 147
What was the Boise Sex Scandal?p. 150
What was Evelyn Hooker's research about?p. 153
What was the Wolfenden Report?p. 155
Who was Lorraine Hansberry?p. 158
What was the Supreme Court's first pro-gay ruling?p. 162
What have gays and lesbians experienced in revolutionary Cuba?p. 166
Who was Bayard Rustin?p. 170
What was Nacho?p. 174
What is the origin of the annual gay and lesbian pride events?p. 177
Was J. Edgar Hoover gay?p. 180
Who was Andy Warhol?p. 183
Who was Ramon Novarro?p. 187
How did the Vietnam War affect gay men?p. 190
What was the role of the Stonewall riots in the lesbian and gay liberation movement?p. 194
What was the Gay Activists Alliance?p. 197
Who was Yukio Mishima?p. 200
Who was Diego Vinales?p. 203
What was the Lavender Menace?p. 206
What was the Alpine County Project?p. 209
What was the first gay-themed TV movie?p. 212
What are some of the products gays and lesbians have boycotted over the years?p. 214
Who was Norma McCorvey?p. 217
What is the history of Naiad Press?p. 220
Did Bette Midler really get her start by singing in a gay bathhouse?p. 223
Who was Dr. Howard Brown?p. 225
How did homosexuality lose its official status as a mental illness?p. 228
Who was Oliver Sipple?p. 231
Who was Sgt. Leonard Matlovich?p. 233
Who were some of the first openly gay elected officials?p. 237
When did American gays and lesbians first wear pink triangles as a political statement?p. 240
Who were the first major-league athletes to come out?p. 242
Who was Sal Mineo?p. 246
What is the history of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival?p. 249
What were the civil rights setbacks of the late 1970s?p. 252
What was the National Women's Conference?p. 256
What was the Body Politic raid?p. 259
How gay was the disco era?p. 262
What were the White Night Riots?p. 266
When did the three marches on Washington for lesbian and gay rights take place?p. 270
What were the Cruising protests?p. 273
How did Billie Jean King come out?p. 276
What was the "Queen for a Day Clause"?p. 279
What was the early media coverage of AIDS?p. 282
What were the lesbian sex wars?p. 285
Why aren't the Gay Games called the Gay Olympics?p. 289
What did gays and lesbians write to President Reagan about?p. 291
When did Rock Hudson's homosexuality become public knowledge?p. 293
What is the history of the AIDS quilt?p. 296
What were Liberace's legal victories?p. 299
What was Bowers v. Hardwick?p. 302
Who was Terry Dolan?p. 305
How was ACT UP founded?p. 308
Was Barney Frank the first gay congressman?p. 311
What was the custody battle over Sharon Kowalski?p. 314
Was Bill Clinton the first presidential candidate to openly support gay and lesbian rights?p. 317
Suggested Readingp. 323
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ISBN: 9781555835088
ISBN-10: 1555835082
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: Alyson Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.07  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27