By James T. Sears
While Scarlett O'Hara could resemble a drag queen, and Mardi Gras evokes extra camp than a homosexual satisfaction parade, the yank South additionally boasts a wealthy, actual and transgressive homosexual and lesbian heritage. during this chatty, free-ranging cultural survey, Sears (Growing Up homosexual within the South) provides a brilliant kaleidoscope of the mores and political actions of many homosexual Southerners following the 1969 Stonewall riots and prime as much as the 1979 march on Washington. Sears unspools this historical past via pics of activists and neighborhood organizers together with Merril Mushroom, Jack Nichols, Lige Clark, Vicki Gabriner, Minnie Bruce Pratt and Sgt. Leonard Matlovitch who contributed to shaping the social and political weather less than the Mason Dixon line and infrequently within the remainder of the rustic. whereas giving a nod to ancient occasions like Anita Bryant's keep our kids crusade, Sears focuses extra heavily on imprecise yet vital neighborhood political occasions, just like the founding of the lesbian magazine Sinister knowledge, the emergence of the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance and neighborhood reaction to a perilous firebombing that killed 31 consumers in a brand new Orleans bar within the mid-1970s. Sears's multifaceted method can pay off whilst he sketches such rather unknown gamers as comic Ray Bourbon and radical fairy Faygele ben Miriam, and he conveys good the complexity and depth of the political job of the last decade. whereas now not as traditionally conclusive or theoretically astute as John Howard's masterful males Like That (2000), Sears presents a panoply of emotionally riveting snapshots that aptly painting Southern homosexual adventure within the Seventies. B&w photos.
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