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Gay In America by Scott Pasfield Chosen for the 2012 Rainbow Projects List (American Library Association). The Rainbow Project is a joint project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.  The Rainbow Project presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age. More: http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/archives/953

"Gay In America captures our diversity, our joys, and our loves—and the
undeniable contribution we make to American culture."
- Dan Savage, author and editor of It Gets Better

"Sprawling, moving, and lively, Scott Pasfield's Gay in America shows what being a gay male looks, sounds, and feels like in today's USA. An inspiring cross section."
- Michael Musto, Village Voice

"Gay in America is a validating explosion of raging positivity. Wish I'd had it when I came out."
- Simon Doonan, author of Eccentric Glamour

“Scott Pasfield’s captivating new book, Gay in America, featur[es] images of 140 men from each of the 50 states shot against the backgrounds of their homes: a modernist living room in Manhattan, a nighttime beach in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, the battered backdoor of an apartment in Baltimore...a remarkable range of race, class, and age.”
- Out Magazine

"The stereotype of gay men is that they all live in urban environments and prance around in designer clothing saying 'fierce' and giving straight women makeovers. We all know that in reality gay men are much more diverse and mundane. Here is a real picture of what today's gay world is like."
- Brian Moylan, Gawker.com

His stirring portraits and interviews of out and proud gay men living in all fifty states are intended to help young homosexuals seeking acceptance and understanding from others as well as from themselves…With his offering, which encourages all who spend time with it, gay or straight, to be true to themselves, one senses that he is finally home.
–  Julie Eakin, Foreword Reviews
(Gay In America was the July-August cover. Goes to all US libraries, indie book stores)

"For people living in communities where there are no comfortably out GLBT people, this is essential. Pasfield’s photographs are poignant, telling and beautiful. Without even reading the words the person has written, you can see their story on their face and in their eyes. Pasfield has drawn out the personality of each man in this book, and young adults will respond to these people as simply people. The stories they tell will make teens laugh, cry and most importantly relate. As Pasfield states in his introductory words, 'I want young people to have it as a constant resource as they move forward in their lives…' This is one of the most important gay books a library can offer teens."
- Lynn Evarts, Voice of Youth Advocates

The book features beautifully striking portraits of men, accompanied by their stories, which range from humorous to tragic…providing clear evidence that homosexuality and masculinity are not incompatible…a fascinating look at the impact of location on the gay experience…The book is not a refutation of the traditional gay stereotypes that are still present about the gay male community. Rather, it is a testament to the idea that there is no clear “gay America.”
– Adam Polaski, The Good Men Project

Like the flag that flies over them, this tapestry of gay male testosterone is a field of stars, uniformly similar yet snowflake-unique in its genetic stitching—each star framed by the bold, ordered stripes of Pasfield’s vision…glowingly, marvelously, fearfully individual. Visually, the book glows…presented with deceptive simplicity, identified by first names only, and their city and state…This seemingly rudimentary cataloging of subjects takes on a startling profundity:
they are every man. And they are everywhere.
–  Steven Foster, OutSmart Magazine, Houston, TX

About the Author

SCOTT PASFIELD is a New York-based portrait photographer. His work has appeared in numerous publications, from BlackBook to Fortune, Poz to Gotham. His clients include the Independent Film Channel, Time Inc., and the American Red Cross.  With a background in architecture, Pasfield's portraiture utilizes the interplay between space and subject to reveal new dimensions within each.  Combining a practiced eye and a relaxed attitude with a determination to develop meaningful projects, Pasfield is intent on making a difference through art. Gay in America will travel as an exhibition, where Pasfield, who has taught photography seminars and workshops, will also speak to communities across the country about a work that defines and contextualizes contemporary gay culture.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599621045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599621043
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.9 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Folk (reviewers included) see different things when they read it. It's a very different view of gay men in the USA, it's one that most of my friends will be "yea, that's us" but most folks don't know this side, the just regular folks that happen to be gay side of being Gay in America. I hope you do get a copy, something to show folks that might not get it, to share with someone that fears that part of themselves and think being gay changes everything or limits them in some way. Here, in print are pictures and stories of regular men, with love, loss, hardship, and victory. Check it out. And, yea, I am getting a copy for my Mom as well.

The vast diversity of the men of the US is also the diversity of gay men in the US. Most of us don't fit the typical Hollywood depictions of "gay". We do not have to hide, we are not all neat and gym sculpted, most of us are just regular men. Scott's work brings a lot of who these folks are in the photographs, add their words and you feel you know them, these folks are your neighbors, friends, and family. These men are out but there are many that are not and live lives hidden thinking they could never be out because they don't seem gay. Well..take a look, those old limits...just are fading away.
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the first thing that you will notice about this very well put together book is the photography. the pictures are absolutely stunning, understated, and seem to be saying more to you than what you may notice at first glance, and they are. where are the metro-sexuals and hair product? where are all the top designer clothes and waving hand gestures? the dresses, the make-up, the girly clothes? why, these men, for the most part, are nowhere near effeminate looking, and that's exactly the point of Gay In America. This is a nutshell of how gay men really are. Not the television and movie stereotypes. Not what even gay culture itself would try to have you believe. These men aren't exactly the misfits, they are a small sampling of the true men in America that just happen to be gay. This especially makes the book important to be seen by those who may have those feelings and then see those TV images and can't even fathom that they are anything like "that." Gay In America shows that there are plenty of guys out there who are just guys going through their daily lives with ups and downs, and just happen to be attracted to other men. This is a beautiful book and as about as real as it gets. Some gay men are just guys like any other guy and don't fit in with the groups and guises of gay life and it is about time the world has seen them in breathtakingly beautiful photographic color. I highly recommend that you check it out.
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This is a beautiful and moving book about people. Who happen to be gay. I don't see how anyone could not be touched by these men and their real, at times extraordinary, at times ordinary stories. As a straight woman, I can say that this book is not just for gay men, it's for anyone who is interested in people.
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At a time when the country is still grappling with human rights, condemning some countries for the inhumane manner in which they treat women, a time when many gay men and women seek asylum in this country to avoid beatings, abuses and death in their own countries of origin, while the arguments for and against same sex marriage at times overwhelm issues more global such as protecting the environment and healing the scars of the current economic crisis and the accompanying growing disparity between those who have and those who have not - at a time such as this out comes this meaningful tribute to those who have the courage to live their lives the way they choose.

As the PR for this book so succinctly states, 'Stereotypes are laid to rest in this first-ever photographic survey of gay men in America. Scott Pasfield's Gay in America is an honest and utterly absorbing picture of contemporary gay life revealed through stunning portraits and unforgettable narratives. ''Pasfield traveled 54,000 miles across all fifty states over a two-year span, gathering a vast array of stories and documenting the lives of 140 gay men from every walk 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.''The striking, perceptive portraits reflect the same diversity found in any sampling of our population. They come in every size and shape, every religion, color, profession and background. We have farmers, writers, doctors, lawyers, artists and teachers. There are fathers, husbands, activists and more. These are men attracted to men, who have chosen not to disguise the truth. For many, there have been harsh consequences to this decision, but also extremely rich rewards.
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I cried, I laughed, my sense of pride was raised, my sense of community made significantly larger. No to say it does get better can be accompanied with how it gets better. These men show us all that to be gay in america means to be AMERICAN. To be part of this book makes me feel a sense of pride I don't know I otherwise could have known. Scott Pasfield has done us all a great Justice. This book is amazing.
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