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Gay in America Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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"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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book that is very well done. Most enjoyable and quite timely!Published 4 months ago by Jay
Great book, gives insight into America and the diversity of our. OrientsPublished 22 months ago by sacctyguy
Thank you so very much for creating the book Gay in America. Finally stories and pictures showing the true, real diversity among gay men. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Scott A. Davey
This is a book full of beautiful pictures. It is a positive demonstration of what it means to be a Gay Man in America. However, it is upsetting that Lesbians were excluded. Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by kirlie
Gay in AmericaScot Pasfield has given us a reason to rejoice about being gay in America. Even thumbing through the book, as I first did, was revelatory. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by George M Akerley
It's very encouraging to know how differently (or diversely) ordinary people live. Men or women, gay or straight, etc, etc...they are just ordinary people. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by jg
The voices are clear and individual, and I love the diversity.
Since I am a librarian, I have seen many many [Insert noun] in America books and most of them choose a... Read more
Scott Pasfield has put together a beautiful book of photographs of gay men. He let them speak in their own words about their lives, their families, their upbringing, and their... Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Francis J Kramer Jr
The photos are wonderful, the personal stories are compelling and sometimes very poignant, the photographer's passion shines and this is truly a special book! Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by A voracious reader