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Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  119 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Bruce Bawer exposes the heated controversy over gay rights and presents a passionate plea for the recognition of common values, "a place at the table" for everyone.
ebook, 272 pages
Published June 30th 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1993)
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Skylar Burris
Part “mediation” and part “manifesto,” A Place at the Table strives to dispel stereotypes about homosexuals that are, Bawer believes, all too often reinforced by gay activists. It is sometimes a calm, measured, and reasoned book, at other times a passionate polemic. The objects of Bawer’s frustration lie on opposite ends of the spectrum: on the one hand, “homophobes” (particularly the religious conservative variety, but all varieties); on the other hand, the “gay subculture” and its militants.

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Kyle J
The author wishes he was king of the gays and is somewhat narrow minded in my opinion regarding certain aspects of the gay subculture. He often criticized the lack of monogamous relationships and promiscuity among gay men. He fails to point out that many straight people are equally promiscuous and instead of saying that both groups have individuals that behave this way and only one is stereotyped for it he suggests that gay people just shouldn't be promiscuous. The book is also extremely dated a ...more
Buzz H.
The book attacks LGBT activists of prior generations whose politics differ from the author's (and whose work created the cultural space from which he speaks). He is an ideologue with an axe to grind. Caveat emptor.
Kate Harper
this guy just comes off as a self-loathing homophobe.
jason m silverman
bash the sterotypes and subculture mentality
Chris
Mar 15, 2013 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Wow. I don't agree with his conservative political views, but he gets an A+ for his defense of the gay individual, and his simultaneous criticism of the gay subculture, which certainly does not speak for the interests of mainstream gays as a whole.

The truth is that gay people are everywhere you go. They're your friends, family, coworkers, teachers, firefighters, and ordinary laymen. This book is an exemplary overview of not only what homosexuality is, but who gay people are, why they feel the wa
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Leigh
A thoughtful, literate look at gay culture. It makes the case for gay inclusion in an intelligent way, with logical arguments that make sense. Of course, people with concrete opinions won't be persuaded, but nothing will persuade them anyway. But if you are interested in a solid, well written book on a controversial topic, pick this one.
Bekki Mills
Feb 05, 2008 Bekki Mills rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any and all. Even close-minded people
What a masterpiece! Shows that homosexuality is not "just" about sex. The author is a Republican and a gay man, no, not a politician. Very eye-opening! I think everyone could benefit from this book and find peace.
Shinichi
The problem isn't with the writing at all, but the content. It's difficult to be sympathetic to his positions and some parts got downright whiny.
Robin
Hands down one of the best books I've ever read on LGBT issues in America and inclusion of everyone in community.
Jean Marie Angelo
An important book in its time. We've come a long way. We certainly can take a bolder approach.
Meredith Stone
a helpful book for those pondering coming out to loved ones..
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