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There's a huge range of books within these pages on everything from coming out to gay identity, gay community and subcultures, studies of masculinity and the gay male, gays in the military and a wide range of other studies on gay men. Gay studies on Rainbowsauce is a very diverse category - not just academic reading, instead is filled with books of general interest to the wider gay community.

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Kevin Alderson PH.D - Beyond Coming Out: Experiences of Positive Gay Identity - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Kevin Alderson PH.D - Author of : Beyond Coming Out: Experiences of Positive Gay Identity
Paperback - 206 pages (October 2000) 
Insomniac Press; ISBN: 189583757X

"Gay Studies Books; A revealing study on gay esteem Psychologist Kevin Alderson explores why some gay men manage to construct overwhelmingly positive self-images while so many others never overcome low self-esteem or outright self-hatred. In interviews with sixteen gay men, ages 16 to 61, Dr. Alderson (who came out himself in 1993) reveals that there are definite patterns in the development of a positive gay identity. He presents these men's stories, from childhood to adulthood, in their own words. These in-depth case studies pave the way for Dr. Alderson's trenchant, insightful analysis of the major themes emerging at each stage of development."

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Raymond M. Berger - Gay and Grey: The Older Homosexual Man - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Raymond M. Berger - Author of : Gay and Grey: The Older Homosexual Man
Hardcover 2nd edition (November 1995) 
Haworth Press; ISBN: 1560249862

"Gay Studies Books; A scholarly treatment of gay men aged 40 and older in America, based on an intensive interview and questionnaire study. The first two sections cover the interview respondents and results from the study. In subsequent chapters, contributors discuss results from other studies concerning age-status labeling, sexual attitudes and behavior in midlife, and other topics."

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Michael Bronski (Ed.)- Culture Clash : The Making of Gay Sensibility - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Michael Bronski - Editor of : Culture Clash : The Making of Gay Sensibility
Paperback - 256 pages (September 1984) 
South End Pr; ISBN: 0896082172

"Gay Studies Books; From Walt Whitman to Boy George, gay culture has profoundly shaped American society. 
"Culture Clash" looks at gay male culture in everything from drag shows to the Marlboro man to pornography; from the cults surroundings stars like Mae West and Judy Garland to the avant garde gay theaters that have revolutionized Broadway productions. 
Mainstream America has experienced a significant cultural confrontation and integration-- between gay liberation and "the heterosexual dictatorship"-- and each has permanently changed the other. "Culture Clash" explores the dynamics of gay liberation and homophobia, of change and backlash, and reveals the radicalism of the challenge that gay men and lesbians, as cultural adventurers, have offered to American society."

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John R. Burger - One-handed Histories: Popular Memory and the Eroto-Politics of Gay Male Pornography - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by John R. Burger - Author of : One-handed Histories: Popular Memory and the Eroto-Politics of Gay Male Pornography
Paperback - 144 pages (December 1995)
Haworth (T); ISBN: 1560238526

"Gay Studies Books; Argues that gay porn allows the rewriting and revising of American history that otherwise has generally excluded gay men. Provides both scholars and fans with alternative interpretations for videos since the 1960s including the impact of AIDS and safe- sex."

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George Chauncey - Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Makings of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by George Chauncey - Author of : Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Makings of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940
Paperback - 496 pages Reprint edition (June 1995) 
Basic Books; ISBN: 0465026214

"Gay Studies Books; Shattering the myth that gay life only existed in the closet before the 1960s, a winner of the 1994 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History focuses on New York City and recreates the places gay men gathered."

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Shaun Cole - Don We Now Our Gay Apparel : Gay Men's Dress in the Twentieth Century - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Shaun Cole - Author of : Don We Now Our Gay Apparel : Gay Men's Dress in the Twentieth Century
Paperback - 224 pages (December 2000) 
Berg Pub Ltd; ISBN: 1859734200

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"Gay Studies Books; From the New Edwardians and muscle boys to Radical Drag and Genderfuck, gay men's dress has had a profound impact on fashion on both sides of the Atlantic. However, it is easy to forget that, with few exceptions, gay men earlier in the century took great pains to conceal their sexual identity. Men such as Quentin Crisp, while highly influential, were far from the norm. Most gay men resorted to a number of subtle dress codes to identify themselves to other gay men--from Oscar Wilde's famous green carnation, which was still being worn in the 1930s, through to suede shoes. 
Beginning with the subcultural world of gay men in the early part of this century--particularly in New York and London--this fascinating book looks at the trends in dress adopted by gay men as well as the challenge gay style has made to mainstream men's fashion. The importance of dress choice to the formation of sexual identity is highlighted, as is gay influence on punk and the fashion industry as a whole. The rise of new dress choices in the wake of gay liberation is analyzed with particular emphasis on the masculinization of gay dress. The importance of the body to gay culture is addressed, from the physique magazines of the 1950s, through to tattooing and body piercing, and their origins in the S&M scene. Anyone interested in gay culture or the history of dress will find this book to be essential reading."

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Robert J. Corber - Homosexuality in Cold War America: Resistance and the Crisis of Masculinity - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Robert J. Corber - Author of : Homosexuality in Cold War America: Resistance and the Crisis of Masculinity
Paperback - 256 pages (June 1997) 
Duke Univ Pr (Txt); ISBN: 0822319640

"Gay Studies Books; Challenging widely held assumptions about postwar gay male culture and politics, Homosexuality in Cold War America examines how gay men in the 1950s resisted pressures to remain in the closet. Robert J. Corber argues that a form of gay male identity emerged in the 1950s that simultaneously drew on and transcended left-wing opposition to the Cold War cultural and political consensus. Combining readings of novels, plays, and films of the period with historical research into the national security state, the growth of the suburbs, and postwar consumer culture, Corber examines how gay men resisted the "organization man" model of masculinity that rose to dominance in the wake of World War II. 
By exploring the representation of gay men in film noir, Corber suggests that even as this Hollywood genre reinforced homophobic stereotypes, it legitimized the gay male "gaze." He emphasizes how film noir's introduction of homosexual characters countered the national "project" to render gay men invisible, and marked a deep subversion of the Cold War mentality. Corber then considers the work of gay male writers Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, and James Baldwin, demonstrating how these authors declined to represent homosexuality as a discrete subculture and instead promoted a model of political solidarity rooted in the shared experience of oppression. 
Homosexuality in Cold War America reveals that the ideological critique of the dominant culture made by gay male authors of the 1950s laid the foundation for the gay liberation movement of the following decade. It will be of interest to a wide range of readers, including students and scholars in the fields of American literature, film, and gay studies."

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Patrick Dilley - Queer Man on Campus: A History of Non-Heterosexual College Men, 1945-2000 - Gay Studies All Books by Patrick Dilley - Author of : Queer Man on Campus: A History of Non-Heterosexual College Men, 1945-2000
Hardcover: 256 pages - (September 2002)
Publisher: RoutledgeFalmer; ISBN: 0415933374

"Gay Studies Books; Through intensive interviews and historical research, this book reveals the inadequacy of a unified "gay" identity in studying the lives of queer college men. Instead, as Patrick Dilley shows, seven distinct types of identities are discernible in the lives of non-heterosexual college males between World War II and the close of the millennium. Dilley traces the development of these identities, illuminating the historical and contextual factors that affect their formation. By situating these types of "non-heterosexuality" as variable and fluid, Dilley offers a new perspective on queer collegiate life."

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Richard Dyer - The Culture of Queers - Gay Non-Fiction Books  All Books by Richard Dyer - Author of : The Culture of Queers
Paperback - 256 pages (December 28, 2001) 
Routledge; ISBN: 0415223768

"Gay Studies Books; For around a hundred years up to the Stonewall riots, the word for gay men was "queers". From screaming queens to sensitive vampires and sad young men, and from pulp novels to pornography to the films of Fassbinder, "The Culture of Queers" explores the history of queer arts and artists. Richard Dyer traces the contours of queer culture, examining the differences and continuities with the gay culture which succeeded it. Opening with a discussion of the very concept of "queers", he asks what it means to speak of a sexual grouping having a culture and addresses issues such as gay attitudes to women and the notion of camp. Dyer explores a range of queer-made culture, from key topics such as fashion and vampires to genres like film noir and the heritage film, and stars such as Charles Hawtrey (the screaming star of "Carry On" films) and Rock Hudson. Offering an historical approach to the cultural implication of queerness, "The Culture of Queers" both insists on the cultural consequences of the oppression of homosexual men, and offers a celebration of queer resistance."

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Tim Edwards - Erotics and Politics: Gay Male Sexuality, Masculinity, and Feminism (Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities) - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Tim Edwards - Author of : Erotics and Politics: Gay Male Sexuality, Masculinity, and Feminism (Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities)
Library Binding - 208 pages (February 1994) 
Routledge; ISBN: 041509903X

"Gay Studies Books; "Erotics and Politics" provides an interface between the study of sexuality (particularly gay male studies) and gender (primarily feminism). In doing so, it covers a wide range of issues of concern to gay and feminist movements over the past 25 years, including gay liberational sexuality, sado-masochism, pornography, promiscuity, personal relationships, AIDS and postmodernity. The central focus of attention throughout is the nature, development and consequence of gay male sexuality and masculinity. This study aims to cover a wide range of issues, and to connect subjects which are typically examined separately"

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