This American Life

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A SPRAWLING NEW BOOK FROM PHOTOGRAPHER SCOTT PASFIELD CAPTURES THE STORIES OF MORE THAN A 100 GAY MEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

Alex is an Oklahoma native who settled in Alaska, where the mountains are "giving us one huge hug." Mark is a pastor in Ferndale, Mich., who learned to reconcile his sexuality with his calling to the church- he considers himself "one of the luckiest people in the world." Jacques and Abi (above) have lived together since they met on a disco dance floor in 1976. Nandi is abald, pierced Santería practitioner in Red Feather Lakes, Colo., still wonderinghow he'll contribute to the world: "The answer might not be about high heels," he says, "but it will probably be delivered in them."

It's a diverse group, which is exactly the point of lensman Scott Pasfield's captivating new book, Gay in America (Welcome Books, $45) , featuring 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 back door of an apartment in Baltimore.

Representing a remarkable range of race, class, and age, the collection also spotlights gay families, including a father from Snellville, Ga. …