Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Books for Gay Grown-Ups: Martin Duberman Picks Five Titles to Unite Us. (Summer Reading)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Books for Gay Grown-Ups: Martin Duberman Picks Five Titles to Unite Us. (Summer Reading)

Article excerpt

It may be our community's toughest challenge: We really don't know one another, nor do we always get why we should. We asked this astute historian to recommend five books indispensable to any gay person who wants to learn about the real range of our experiences and needs. Happily, he gave us six.

HISTORY

A Desired Past

By Leila J. Rupp

This is a brief, brilliant, and comprehensive overview of who we--all of us--have been and therefore currently are. (University of Chicago, $16)

LGBT WORKING-CLASS ISSUES

Out at Work: Building a Gay-Labor Alliance

By Kitty Krupat and Patrick McCreery

A collection of pioneering essays by people including Cathy J. Cohen, John J. Sweeney, and Riki Anne Wilchins. Most LGBT people are working-class, whether that's defined according to income, job status, or educational level. But their lives and issues are usually ignored both by organized labor and by our own political organizations. If our movement is ever to become genuinely inclusive and representative, we must move this potential constituency to center stage--where it belongs. (University of Minnesota, $19.95)

THE HEARTLAND (neither coast, that is)

Men Like That: A Southern Queer History

By John Howard

Howard debunks the myth that everything of importance in LGBT life has al ways been and always will be confined to coastal cities. His book is a wonderful antidote to the preening provincialism of the Los Angeles-San Francisco-New York City axis. …

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