*The Trouble with Normal* is Warner's stance against gay marriage. Actually, it's more than that. Warner addresseAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
*The Trouble with Normal* is Warner's stance against gay marriage. Actually, it's more than that. Warner addresses normalcy and this is where he actually had interesting yet heady things to say. In order to challenge normalcy, Warner takes us through history to show us how shame has been attached to anything queer.
However, after two chapters, I realized that Warner is redundant and basically rants against aspects of the gay life. In addition, he bashes gay contemporaries on the very same issues he addresses.
Amazon.com summarizes that Warner believes that gays in monogamous relationships are actually doing a disservice to those who chose not to be in one. I had to laugh because I was thinking, "and monogamous straight people don't do a disservice to those who aren't?" It is tiresome when one berates the gay community when it is the same in the straight community yet it isn't addressed.
Anyways, I get it that some gays consider gay marriage to be heteronormative. And I was hoping that Warner would elaborate intellectually on that. However, Warner didn't and just bash aspects of the gay life and contemporaries. ...more
All gay men should know who Tom of Finland is. You're bound to see a picture or two in gay bookstores, bars and gAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
All gay men should know who Tom of Finland is. You're bound to see a picture or two in gay bookstores, bars and galleries. If you're not familiar with Tom, then you need to get out more often!
I found *Dirty Pictures* not just fascinating with these wonderful and eye-catching pictures but educational with Tom of Finland's background and his intentions/purposes behind each pictures.
It's amazing how having a network with friends can lead one to be legendary, if you could call it that. Prior to meeting Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorne, Tom of Finland's works were just considered pornographic. Over time, that gradually changed.
I wished this book contained all of Tom's pictures, along with a background for each of them. However, with what knowledge that I've learned here, I cannot wait to see the other works of Tom's and do my own analyses. That's the fun part....more
The first thing I did when I got this book was making a beeline to my story that I had submitted to Raymond LuczaAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
The first thing I did when I got this book was making a beeline to my story that I had submitted to Raymond Luczak, the editor of *Eyes of Desire 2*. You should see the big smile I had on my face.
I vividly remember when a friend introduced me to the first *Eyes of Desire*. I was entranced because there was a book on Deaf GLBT's, telling about their lives and experiences. Plus, I knew some of the people featured in the book.
After more than a decade had passed, Luczak decided to do "part 2". However, this time, he would include people from a diverse background: gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trangenders, intersexes, racial minorities, internationals, Wiccans and many more. I was honored to have been asked to submit a piece about my life as a Deaf Gay Hispanic man.
*Eyes of Desires 2* is a wonderful anthology of Deaf GLBT's from around the world. People in this book have written about love, coming out, identity (gay and/or Deaf), transitions, frustration, abuse, family, acceptance, language, and many more. Some of them are relatable and others are unique and fascinating.
*Eyes of Desire* (1 & 2) is a labor of love of Luczak's. Without him, none of this would have been possible. So, I truly admire Luczak for making *Eyes of Desire* a reality...for Deaf GLBT's, once again, have a voice to share about their lives. ...more
A must-read for everyone! Larry Kramer doesn't mince his words. He's really frank about gays in regards to how they treat each other and how America tA must-read for everyone! Larry Kramer doesn't mince his words. He's really frank about gays in regards to how they treat each other and how America treats gays. Be prepared to be smacked in the face with Larry's brutally honest words. After reading this little book (100 pages), you won't be able to just read it and move on to the next book. You'll read it and do something (I hope). ...more