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I was hoping someone would be able to direct me towards some good books to use as an introduction to GLBT history.
You may also want to look at John Boswell's Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality. Boswell was a history prof at Yale, and his book received critical acclaim. (He was one of the victims of AIDS).
A really easy to read book is "Becoming visible" by Kevin Jennings . It's suitable for high school & college students... or as an easy to read introduction.
For American GLBT history from Stonewall on... I like "Out for Good" by Dudley Clendinen & Adam Nagourney.
There's "Gay American History:Lesbians & Gay Men on the USA" by Jonathan Katz.
I was touched by couple of memoirs I'd read: "Familiar Faces, Hidden Lives" by Howard Brown, MD and "Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey" by Martin Duberman.
Each of these books eloquently show how difficult life could be in the not too distant past.
The DVD, "Before Stonewall" is also an excellent overview..in my opinion.
Many more... Check PFLAG-ColumbiaHoCo collection and my own collection .
If you don't see them, let me know and I'll post the library names or how to find them.
There are MANY books on GLBT History . . . and as others have said . . . it depends on what you're looking for . . . most of the one's in my collection (not all cataloged yet) focus on Lesbian Herstory . . . but that's just my bias :)
Enjoy your search!
Hope this helps get you started.
I just finished reading Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture. I was never into the 1970s disco scene and didn't really know too much about it or how huge it really was socially or economically. It's a great look at the music and the effects on and by the gay and African-American communities. An interesting companion book is Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992. Both of these books offer a very good look at life in the 1970s. Hot Stuff takes a broad national look but both books center in on NYC. Russell was a minimalist, but serious composer of contemporary classical music but wrote a couple of disco hits including "Is It All Over My Face?".
Both books are very well researched and have extensive indexes. (I wish Echols had included a bibliography) In Hot Stuff, Echols quotes several times from -Dancer from the Dance and The Farewell Symphony. I read Dancer many years ago and she's got me reading the Edmund White book now.
Since October is LGBT History month read one or all of these books. You won't be disappointed.
a gay cabaret in Seattle. I can highly recommend all 3 of these for the pictures they paint of their times and places: LA in the '50s, St. Paul and Seattle in the 1940's.
The notes are in a variety of places but as google has come along, searching google becomes a more and more entertaining matter as one discovers knew strings. Shakespeare for example became shakesqueeries, fairly obvious that one. When catalogued books in libraries these will appear in library thing too. Going back into history, Dover's Greek homosexuality is important, not only because he was profoundly wrong, but of who he was, and the time in which he wrote.
Organising the catalogue of this lot, across time, space, concepts, matters and methods remains as entertaining to me now as it was when I started nearly fifty years ago.
One should point specifically to Rictor Norton, who made a lot of this clear in 1974, I didn't know he had done any of it until a few years ago, having worked it all out for myself all over again, a huge waste of time and effort.