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"Outlaw Marriages gloriously outs same-sex couples through history and celebrates their love and impact in theater, arts, and social change. If you love the guilty pleasure of reading People magazine for your celebrity-couple news, you'll love this book. And the fact-checking is flawless!"—Kate Clinton, humorist
“The volume will have particular appeal to readers of gender studies, but these stories ultimately prove that true partnership is gender blind.”—Publishers Weekly
“A thoroughly interesting look at gay and lesbian love, life and relationships.”—EDGE
“Fifteen love marriages that dared not speak their name defied laws and mores, flouted conventions, and live today in Streitmatter’s essential, well-documented history.”—Booklist
“A nice gift for just the right couple.”—Kirkus Reviews
"An engaging and well-researched volume with broad appeal to the LGBTQ crowd (especially couples) as well as social historians."–Library Journal
"In Outlaw Marriages he distills a wealth of information down to a lively and effective series of double portraits.”—The Gay and Lesbian Review
“…Streitmatter expertly threads together the historical backgrounds and incredible courage of these couples… it’s a damn good bunch of stories told in a very approachable 160-ish pages.”—The Stranger
Rodger Streitmatter, a former newspaper reporter, is a member of the School of Communication faculty at American University. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his husband, Tom Grooms.See all Editorial Reviews
This is an eminently readable look at 15 same sex couples from the past 150 years who, in various measures, managed to defy convention and live lives where same-sex love... Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Burtch
Interesting, informative, and sensitively written. Highly recommend.Published 12 months ago by Terri L. Miller-Simms
A well researched and well written book. I found many of the stories to be about little known gay men and women which in my estimation, makes this book and invaluable contribution... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Samantha Morse
Great historical start for anyone who is not aware that same-sex partnerships are not new to society. I was stunned at the years spent loving.Published 18 months ago by VicsterC
Incredibly interesting view into the private lives of very accomplished persons. Written in an almost text book style. Quite an eye opener.Published 20 months ago by CyndiB
Very informative and interesting. This book sheds a whole new light on an essential aspect of the lives of the individuals described.Published 22 months ago by E.C.
The various short essays on famous gay and lesbian couples here are fun to read, and often their stories are touching. Read morePublished 23 months ago by K. Clarke
This book comes just in time of the historical moment. It provides good background info about same sex relationship of important gay/lesbian figures.Published on October 3, 2013 by Tao Li