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The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  853 ratings  ·  119 reviews
In a joyous and perverse intermingling of fable, myth, heterotopian vision, and pocket wisdom, The Faggots and Their Friends tell us stories of the 70s gay countercultures and offer us strategies and wisdom for our own time living Between Revolutions.

From the new introduction:
These pages sketch a different shape to time and offer instructions for living within it. This sto
Paperback, 113 pages
Published April 2016 (first published 1977)
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A pre-AIDS fable of queer solidarity and anti-patriarchal, anti-capitalist communal praxis, dyke and trans inclusive, ft a cast of characters named Heavenly Blue, Loose Tomato, and the like. Whimsical, charming, dead serious. A gift.
I read this last summer and regret not collecting/ sharing my thoughts sooner when they were fresher....

What a gem that's been polished and brought back to us! The reprinting of this is one of the strongest and best characteristics of small, radical presses: unearthing, reproducing, and distributing incredible, forgotten texts.

Something that really struck me while reading The Faggots was the use of identity, specifically idealized identity. At best, it can be a casual, playful, energizing idea t
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A book that seems to reignite a new generation of queer readers with every reprint, Larry Mitchell's unmistakably significant book "The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions" is the queer beginnings story that all queer people need.

A fantastical tale that tells the origin stories of queer people and projects a utopian ideal for how we can fight back against heteropatriarchy, this book truly is a book for our times. I find that the political time in which we are currently living often lea
Jefe Carroll
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read. It is sad that so many of us younger queers lost these nuggets to AIDS and heterosexual assimilation tactics.
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is possibly the sweetest gay fantasy book written during the magical post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS epoch. It's a series of poems/stories about fairy men living in a community, spending time together, wearing spangles, and mocking straight society. ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this inviting little faggot time capsule made me yet again contemplate and appreciate the power of unabashed fantasy – a word I choose over the utopia/dystopia binary. It's a slender volume comprised of connecting vignettes, each only a page or three long. The perspective is outside/adjacent to violent/oblivious straight society. All sorts of fags and trans people make an appearance, and there is not a mention that I can recall of sickness, plague, or AIDS. It really makes me wonder how ...more
Jake Krakovsky
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tlqgb
This book is both a beautiful artifact and a living, breathing blessing. Yes!!
anna marie
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abolition-utopia
i love faggots & dykes :-)
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the shadow of structural abandonment, political alienation, family rejection, chronic illness, state violence, and medical neglect, queer friendship saves us.

Ostensibly this book is about the so-called Lavender Hill commune established in 1973 in West Danby, New York by “a motley group of young writers, artists, political activists and recent college graduates”, according to the 2013 documentary short directed by Robert Thomas Hazen. Yes, the adjective ‘motley’ does mean ‘incongruously varied
Hanan Buhadana
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Hilarious, brilliant and touching.
An artifact of rebellion to read for my book club that had a lovely spirit. To the ‘uninitiated,’ the title seems troublesome, but for this fantasy it is meant to reclaim the name to keep their power in this post-Stonewall, pre-Aids manifesto. Some of the writing was sweet, some funny, some a little bit too much, yet it brings to bear the importance of community and imagination in hard times, and don’t we need that.
Stephen van Dyck
I love this book. From the 70s yet so fresh. It could replace the Bible? A history of faggots, fairies, queens, women, and patriarchy boiled down into fable and manifesto. Everything's said so succinctly, I find the present reality completely transformed. I love how there are sections called Women Wisdom, and the faggots learn from the women. In a note at the end, the author says he was originally trying to write a children's book. I'm mad this wasn't read to me as a child.

"All the men could be
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-shit
this book made my heart sing. it made me feel like the sun was shining on my face, and it made me feel like the world i want to thrive in is tangible. truly a must read <3
A manifesto of homosexual freedom from the last blissful years of pre-AIDS sexuality. It reads like a fairy tale whose delightful levity strikes for being at the same time naive and thought-provoking.
Ned Asta's gorgeous illustrations, a very ornate kind of Underground reminding somehow of Alphonse Mucha's and Aubrey Beardsley's art, are worth being mentioned separately, although being a perfect match to the text.
A unique and surprisingly clever way to deal with the issue of homosexuality and t
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"The strong women told the faggots that there are two important things to remember about the coming revolutions. The first is that we will get our asses kicked. The second is that we will win" (21).

"The women who love women wrote a song for the faggots. It was called, 'Anything you do that the men don't like is o.k. by us'" (47).

A fabulous, literally, illustrated rendering of revolutionary queer politics and community—with its full array of tender and charged friendship and sex—in 1960s and 1970
Gijs Van Dyck
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book felt like a religious experience. Being queer never felt so powerful and magical and blessed.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great queer book from the 70’s! The author uses ideas learned from queer commune living to create and guide us towards a queer utopia. Great companion to “Cruising Utopia” by Jose Muñoz
Teoh ✨
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A beautiful book. I honestly felt like I was reading an LGBTQ+ folklore book. The way it is written, the way each short chapter is broken up into smaller testament style chunks, the illustrations: it felt like a religious text for the gay community, but far more dirty, blunt and hilarious.

There’s so many nuggets of wisdom that I think I need to read it again and pick out my favourites. Much like religious people quote their scripture, I feel like I want to quote this scripture in my day-to-day l
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow what a treasure, a biting fairytale of revolution, really touched me!
Evelyn  Rees
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ugh we get it you're going through an identity thing and you're using your goodreads account to express yourself. very dangerous-liaisons-for-the-21st-century. have you thought about just writing in a journal instead?? ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
absolutely gorgeous utopia of faggotry and revolutions!
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, 2019
I randomly came across this book in NYC at Bluestockings, an LGBTQ bookstore. I didn’t plan on buying it. I wanted an iced coffee but the credit card minimum was $10 and so I grabbed the first book that grabbed my attention. FAGGOTS! The Faggots and their Friends Between Revolutions screamed to me. ⁣

When I got my coffee I sat down started reading. At first I didn’t know what this was—it was fantastical, satirical, poetic, political, mythological, narrative but not, artistic with drawings, was i
Jasper Werntz
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
many parts of this book were so sweet and dreamy and felt like little glimpses into a world of queer solidarity. race is mentioned maybe twice in the whole book which is the main glaring issue. also for a book written in the 70s their understanding of gender is pretty radical but less so now in my opinion
it’s easy to read and broken up into chunks so it’s good when you need a glimmer of optimism but definitely could be updated and improved if it was written today
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How have i never read this before, or heard of it? What a call for a new world. Put this in the queer futures bookshelf ! Oh love oh love oh love !!! Get rid of money, bring in soft fruit and sharing and sex! Oh I am glad to be a "women who loves women who sometimes looks like a woman" but is not quite one. I am glad for the faggots of the world. T_T

i'm quite tired and feeling emotional but i loved this book a lot is what im saying
Nick DeFiesta
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What mirth! What joyful revolution! A radical utopia of the faggots, queens, fairies, and women who love women, in a battle with men for liberation. I'm going to return to this regularly. ...more
Maggie Scudder
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The women who love women wrote a song for the faggots. It was called, 'Anything you do that the men don't like is o.k. by us.'"

Will read again and again for the illustrations alone. Radical, absurdist, enraged, optimistic, full of heart.

"For a thousand years the women did not trust the faggots. They would allow the faggots to arrange their hair into elaborate, beautiful designs. They would allow them to fill their houses with carved wood and soft fabrics. They would allow them to play music a
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I just finished reading this book and...WOW!!! Highly recommend to all LGBTQ+ people.

I learned about this book reading an article about artist TM Davy. Why this book had never crossed my path before in all of my years reading and roaming through LGBTQ bookstores is beyond me. Part fantasy novel, part fable, part queer manifesto, this book is funny, poignant, moving, and educational. I feel like a lightbulb just went off over my head in what the possibilities are in living an authentic life
David Macpherson
A very strange, almost successful artifact from a lost time. This is the tale of homosexuals in the time before and after stonewall as told as creation myth or fables. It doesn't always work. It is fascinating and then boring as hell. It was written in 1977, a time before they even knew what the next revolution would be. I am glad to have discovered it. I listened to an unabridged reading of it on youtube and though it was not a chore to get through, it still took a lot longer than a short book ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely incredible little book written at the outset of the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Faggots and Their Friends is a tale of community, solidarity, and queer family. The fable elements of this book were adorable and I think Larry Mitchell did a great job of capturing the truth of gay life, especially in the New York underground gay scene of the 70s and 80s. I think this is book is a MUST read for any gay man or really any queer person in general. It is a glimpse into our communit ...more
Briar Page
An enjoyable and bittersweet look into the queer thinking and culture of 40 years ago. Some things have changed, some are very much the same, etc. The cutesy, spare, hippie-fable writing here isn't normally the type of thing I'm very much inclined towards, but I'm glad I read it!

Also, I like the psychedelic black and white illustrations.
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Larry Mitchell (1939 – December 26, 2012) was an American author and publisher. He was the founder of Calamus Books - an early small press devoted to gay male literature - and the author of fiction dealing with the gay male experience in New York City during the 1970s and 1980s.

With Terry Helbing and Felice Picano, he cofounded Gay Presses of New York in 1981. His book of short stories My Life As

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“The faggots remind us that to become undone is our greatest gift to ourselves. It is truly our greatest path to being response-able - to feel our feelings authentically makes us able to respond to the conditions around us with an open heart” 3 likes
“Some of the faggots are trashy. In fact, with the inspiration of the outcast women, the faggots developed "trashy" into a high form of disruptive behavior. When the men talk about the freedom of work and dirtiness of sex, the trashiest faggots move fast to the nearest public place where danger from the men is always present and proceed to spend endless amounts of time having sexual glorious pleasure. The men will do anything as long as they don’t enjoy it or talk about it. The trashiest faggots love who they do and talk of it often.” 2 likes
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