Letters to One: Gay and Lesbian Voices from the 1950s and 1960s

Letters to One Gay and Lesbian Voices from the s and s Long before the Stonewall riots ONE magazine the first openly gay magazine in the United States offered a positive viewpoint of homosexuality and encouraged gay people to resist discrimination and pe

  • Title: Letters to One: Gay and Lesbian Voices from the 1950s and 1960s
  • Author: Craig M. Loftin
  • ISBN: 9781438442983
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Paperback
  • Long before the Stonewall riots, ONE magazine the first openly gay magazine in the United States offered a positive viewpoint of homosexuality and encouraged gay people to resist discrimination and persecution Despite a limited monthly circulation of only a few thousand, the magazine influenced the substance, character, and tone of the early American gay rights movement.Long before the Stonewall riots, ONE magazine the first openly gay magazine in the United States offered a positive viewpoint of homosexuality and encouraged gay people to resist discrimination and persecution Despite a limited monthly circulation of only a few thousand, the magazine influenced the substance, character, and tone of the early American gay rights movement This book is a collection of letters written to the magazine, a small number of which were published in ONE, but most of them were not The letters candidly explore issues such as police harassment of gay and lesbian communities, antigay job purges, and the philosophical, scientific, and religious meanings of homosexuality.

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    1. This book is a fantastic window into gay life in the 1950's and 60's and I highly recommend it.The letters presented are more positive overall than I thought they would be, as the author mentions in the introduction. Even though being gay was a crime and there was no real collection of homosexuals or support system, many simply resigned themselves to the fact that they were gay and moved on with their lives as best they could. I've always believed there could be nothing wrong or immoral about be [...]

    2. This book blew apart my preconceptions of gay life in the decades leading up to Stonewall. The letters encompass a range of attitudes on homosexual issues, from the strident and proud to the measured and scholarly to the loneliness and aching despair of others. They are equally broad in thematic scope - everything from sex, friendship, love, politics, mental health, employment, the media and even prison life is discussed. Although they lack unity in terms of perspective or theme, they are all (b [...]

    3. A great history book for class, I don't think I would re-read this for fun, though. The information was very surreal, don't get me wrong, I just think once is enough.

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