I really enjoyed this book in the beginning
when it focusedit focused the personalhistorical aspect of pre modern gay individuals but as the book progressed I felt like it began to focus "the personalhistorical aspect of pre modern gay individuals but as the book progressed I felt like it began to focus dwell almost exclusively with painstaking attention to detail on the sexual and political aspects of mostly male gay life and identity This is a wonderful book moving engaging accessible and as comprehensive as any book on a community bound only by their sexuality can be covering Oscar Wilde and Harvey Milk gays in the military Japanese samurai warriors lesbian feminist activists the AIDS epidemic But the idea of a gay community is something Miller comes back to repeatedly in this book how often the gay and lesbian community has been fractured and divided by the fact that the only common link is sexuality that even the very concept of a group linked only by sexuality would have been considered almost inconceivable as recently as fifty years agoActivists like to talk of gay history but Miller makes it clear that there is no such thing that the idea of a gay identity is a recent construct and that whilst homosexuality has existed for as long as there have been people the notion of defining one s identity by it is a very recent developmentAnd it can only be a positive one in my view This is an incredibly moving book filled with testimony and stories from real people who have fought and struggled and argued for tolerance and euality their entire lives as well as excerpts from literature news publications essays and other contemporary sources The edition of the book I read finished in the early 90s with the election of Bill Clinton but I believe there was an pdated edition published a few years ago that brings things p to date Very academic but mostly readable in spite of that possibly because everything is presented in short almost anecdotal mostly readable in spite of that possibly because everything is presented in short almost anecdotal Primarily covers the history of gay men in the US and to some extent the UK with a little lesbian history and occasional coverage of other countries like Germany Japan and Africa And it ends with the beginnings of the Clinton administration so it s not even particularly p to date any This was very similar to the LGB class I took at my school The information covers from 1869 starting with Walt Whitman to about 1995 with Clinton being the president It would be interesting to see an Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue updated version covering the past two decades This is an essential book to read for LGBT history though it focuses mostly on Lesbians and Gays there are a few pieces on Transgender people and some. Aniue and hugely absorbing narrative history of gay life from Oscar Wilde to the first gay marriage performed in San Francisco in 2004 by the award winning journalist and distinguished author of Out in the World and Sex Crime Panic Miller accompanies his .
Notable bisexuals are mentioned as well It is also notable that there is
Some Global Prespective Tooglobal prespective too is not just about the US and Western Europe though that is the main focus but there are entries about Soviet and post soviet Russia China Japan South Africa Cuba and Argentina I have been immersed in this book for a little over a month and it has been one of the fascinating reading experiences I have had in a very long time As one who has come fairly lately at least openly to the ongoing LGBT debate I feel that my eyes have been opened by Miller s work Exhaustively researched and personably written it invites The Uninitiated Into A World Redefined I Have Met Many uninitiated into a world redefined I have met many my favorite historical personages again in many ways for the first time and I have a much better The Man Without a Face understanding of the role played by gays and lesbians in thenfolding history of the last century and a half I m left wishing that mainstream accounts of history would incorporate of these elements and I am left hopeful if Miller is correct in his assessment of the inevitability of the LGBT movement that one day this will be the case Given developments in the Don t Ask Don t Tell saga since Miller wrote his book he may be rightAlthough he does tend to out historical figures from time to time "without much evidential support he is careful to point out that given the very different s of "much evidential support he is careful to point out that given the very different s of earlier periods in his narrative it is both tempting to assume and difficult to prove than the evidence allows He cautions care on the part of the reader in making these logical leaps however he also points out that these very s that make it hard to determine the Victorian sexual identity are likely to suggest that the true identity might be hidden beneath the different language sed to describe it Miller is also very fair as open about the negative aspects of the gay and lesbian movement as he is about the good ones This provides a well rounded picture of gay and lesbian history and succeeds in nderscoring the basic humanity of the LGBT community with all the strengths and weaknesses shared by the rest of sHis dates also leave a little to be desired at times he describes for example the death of Harvey Milk at one point in 1977 followed shortly by a photo of Milk following his city council election in 1978 However these are minor points that in no way diminish the impact of the work as a whole Anyone who is interested in learning about the LGBT movement would do well to start right here This was a fairly comprehensive and therefore long overview of a ga. Arrative with essays and excerpts from contemporary and historical writings and the text is illustrated with photos and line drawingsNeil Miller is the author of Sex Crime Panic and winner of the 2003 Randy Shilts Award for nonfiction and an American Library. ,
Read Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present,