Alex Blaze

Read any good books?

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 07, 2007 8:46 AM | comments

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For today's open thread topic, let's talk books. What books on GLBT subjects have you read that you'd recommend? What GLBT book has made the biggest impression on you?

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John Metzinger | March 7, 2007 11:49 AM

"Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth" is a fun read. The book is by Wayne Besen formerly of HRC. He photographed ex-gay poster-boy John Paulk in Mr. P's, a gay bar in Washington D.C. The book tells that story along with many other scandals, serving to weakend the religious right's attempt to argue that since gay people can change, we don't exist as a people worthy of equal protection.

Good choice, John. Wayne and I talk over e-mail occasionally - his site is a link over on the left and I'd recommend it highly.

My favorite LGBT-themed book is "The Frontrunner" by Patricia Nell Warren. She's currently running for the city council in West Hollywood (as I reported a few months ago). You can also check out her website at: http://www.electpnw.com/

I'l throw in my recommendation for Eric Marcus' Making Gay History, which is a history of the American gay rights movement from the 50's to today told through interviews with the key players. A big book, but definitely worth the read.

Duh, you have to read Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg. It's a transformative text that is a very frank journey through gender, sexuality, and class. It should be required reading for all humanity.

Lest we forget some of our Hoosier roots....

Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men from the Rural Midwest; Wm D Fellows, editor.

Farm Boys is a series of autobiographical narratives by about 30 or 40 gay men raised on farms over the last century. The stories are sometimes short, sometimes rather frank, and almost always rather poignant.

And no, I'm not in it.