On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual
The groundbreaking work on being homosexual in America--available again only from Penguin Classics and with a new foreword by Dan Savage Originally published in 1971, Merle Miller's "On Being Different" is a pioneering and thought-provoking book about being homosexual in the United States. Just two years after the Stonewall riots, Miller wrote a poignant essay for the "New York Times Magazine" entitled "What It Means To Be a Homosexual" in response to a homophobic article published in "Harper's Magazine." Described as "the most widely read and discussed essay of the decade," it carried the seed that would blossom into "On Being Different"--one of the earliest memoirs to affirm the importance of coming out.
"Without indulging in sensationalism or special pleading but making it clear that he was writing directly from his own experience, [Miller] bridged the gap between the 'straights' and the 'gays' in a way that few recent writers on the subject have done. He also put himself on the line as a well-known writer, who was not afraid to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality."--"Publishers Weekly"