- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Revised edition (April 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452010926
- ISBN-13: 978-0452010925
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. Paperback – April 1, 1992
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More than anything, this book shows the existence of a shared Gay and Lesbian culture across the centuries (despite the claims of today's ignorant cynics). If these shadowy figures from the past could time-travel to our own era, they would be shocked at our freedom -- then they'd shout for joy and fit right in.
Don't be the least concerned about the book's length or turn away because it's about "history." The vignettes Katz assembled are usually brief, often only a page or two, which makes the book easy to put down when you need a breather, and easy to pick up again, without having to go back and refresh your memory; you'll always know what he's talking about. These are people you will be proud of. Their stories' cumulative effect gives this volume its power, and makes it, in my view, the most important Gay book of the 20th century.
Katz spells it out graphically that magistrates and medics persecuted and mutilated gays.
There is an excerpt from a paper presented at an international medico-legal congress in 1893 by Dr. F.E. Daniel of Austin, Texas.calling for castration.
Some advocated group psychotherapy and suggested that the recipients should pay for it out of their own pockets, much like alcoholics.
McCarthy didn’t pick on Jews because he was too close to the Nazi era, so he picked on communists and gays.
During that era, an official wanted all homosexuals sacked from government work. He did not care what definition of ‘homosexual’ was – anything would do and any number of people would have their careers and lives wrecked. He didn’t want to know the facts. He just wanted them out because they supposedly were a security risk.
Homosexuals were worse than murderers.
One man with a weak heart was given an emetic which caused a heart attack and killed him. How incompetent of the medics.
One ‘cure’ was hard work or sublimation into music or art.
Psychoanalysis didn’t cure people any more than Popeye’s spinach made people strong.
Overwhelmingly, gay men started out at ages 14-15.
There’s a lesbian who was excommunicated (‘withdrawn from fellowship’) from her Baptist church for dressing in men’s clothing but who later concludes that she is being persecuted for her beliefs.Read more ›