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Upon A Midnight Clear shatters the traditional view of Christmas and instead portrays what it's like to be gay during the most inescapable holiday season. In this stirring anthology of tales filled with holiday cheer and chaos, acclaimed authors, including Greg Herren, Felice Picano and Jim Grimsley bring to life the heartache, struggles, breakthroughs and bonds of love th ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Harrington Park Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Nathan Burgoine
Jul 24, 2013 Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies, glbt
At the opening of the collection Upon a Midnight Clear, edited by Greg Herren, there is an introduction that made me smile. It said things that I've always felt - that Christmas is one of the few times of the year that being queer was something I felt so damn strongly. I was outside, looking in, and when I was alone, it freaking sucked. And everywhere I looked - especially once I started retail - it was all about the perfect family, with perfect children (all white, by the way, which I'm sure ad ...more
Aaron
Dec 06, 2008 Aaron rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories and essays was edited by Greg Herren with the hopes of providing an idea of what it is like to experience the holiday season as a gay man. The book starts off with a series of stories related to men who have not completely come out of the closet or are in the process. These stories generally deal with handling the family either with rough reactions or continuing to hide their homosexuality because it falls outside of parental situations.

There is one very funny st
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Jarrod Scarbrough
Feb 24, 2013 Jarrod Scarbrough rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014, lgbtq
This was a fun collection of gay themed Christmas stories. The cover is misleading in that it brings to mind a collection of erotic stories, but these are not erotica. It is a typical short story collection in that some stories are far better than others. Overall, I enjoyed everything and am glad to have spent time with the stories.
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Dec 26, 2016 F.j.commelin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, christmas
Well written stories about the Christmas season for gay men.
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Greg Herren is a New Orleans-based author and editor. Former editor of Lambda Book Report, he is also a co-founder of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, which takes place in New Orleans every May. He is the author of ten novels, including the Lambda Literary Award winning Murder in the Rue Chartres, called by the New Orleans Times-Picayune “the most honest depiction of life in post-Katrina ...more
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