Bil Browning

Bil Recommends: Gay In America

Filed By Bil Browning | September 27, 2011 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Dan Choi, DC LGBT center, Gay In America, photography book, Scott Pasfield

It's not often that I'll do a direct recommendation for a product. While I get shipped tons of free stuff all the time, most of them just get given away as prizes without any real review. The coffee table book, Gay In America, is - GayInAmerica1.jpgwithout doubt - one of the most beautiful books of photography I've ever had the pleasure to own.

In this first-ever photographic survey of gay men in America, stereotypes are laid to rest and an intimate, honest picture of contemporary gay life is revealed through stunning personal portraits and narratives. Photographer Scott Pasfield traveled 54,000 miles across all fifty states over a two-year span gathering stories and documenting the lives of 140 gay men from all walks of life. At turns joyful and somber, reflective and celebratory, each narrative and image is an enlightening look into the variety of gay life in the United States. Their commonality draws from a single shared trait: their homosexuality. These are men who are attracted to men, and have chosen not to disguise that truth. For many, there have been harsh consequences to this decision, but also deep rewards. The message that prevails is one of great hope that true equality is close within our reach, if only we would grasp it.

The book goes on sale today (for only $29 at Amazon), but Joe.My.God. is doing a giveaway today for a free copy.

I'll be participating in a discussion panel, which will include author and photographer Scott Pasfield and Lt Dan Choi. The event will be held on Friday, November 11 from 6PM to 8PM at the DC Center. Dan is the cover photo of the book - so now I get to rib him about not only seeing him when he crashes on our couch, but having to stare at his face everyday when I look at my coffee table!

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I am so looking forward to this book. The love of my life is in this book. I haven't seen a copy yet, but I'm excited to be able to do so. His interview and photo-shoot took place before we were together, but that's okay, because I can rightfully claim that I'm loving one of the great gay men of our age...and if people don't believe it, they can buy the book and see for themselves.