Author(s): David Bianco
Gay and lesbian history is full of myth and misunderstanding, contradiction and controversy. Perhaps no one knows this better than David Bianco, whose life's work is answering questions from readers in his syndicated column, Past Out, which runs in 75 newspapers nationwide. Giving readers accurate, informed, and entertaining answers has made Past Out not only a national success story but a valued and respected resource for gay men and lesbians from coast to coast. Now the questions and answers that have educated readers, and sparked countless conversations are collected in one volume: Gay Essentials. Subtitled Facts for Your Queer Brain, it is an encyclopedic compendium of gay and lesbian history that reads like a conversation with an old friend. "Who was Sappho?" "How gay were the ancient Greeks?" "Was Eleanor Roosevelt a lesbian?" "How was ACT UP founded?" If you can ask it, David Bianco can answer it, and he does in this hilariously on-target collection from Past Out.
Gay and lesbian history is examined, explained, explored, and sometimes debunked in this collection of questions and answers that span the centuries from ancient Greece to the Clinton White House. Have you ever wondered who were among the lesbians of Hollywood's golden age? Have you ever wished you knew the name of the first gay organization in America? Have you ever heard the names Katharine Lee Bates, Karl Ulrichs, or Babe Didrikson Zaharias and wondered who they were? Do you know the origin of the phrase "a friend of Dorothy" or the annual gay and lesbian pride events? Can you feel your GayQ increasing? You will as your knowledge and appreciation of gay and lesbian history is expanded in this entertaining and illuminating collection.