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Out and Running: Gay and Lesbian Candidates, Elections, and Policy Representation
Out and Running
Gay and Lesbian Candidates, Elections, and Policy Representation
Paperback      ISBN: 1589016998

Out and Running is the first systematic analysis of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) political representation that explores the dynamics of state legislative campaigns and the influence of lesbian and gay legislators in the state policymaking process. By examining state legislative elections from 1992 to 2006 and state policymaking from 1992 to 2009, Donald Haider-Markel suggests that the LGBT community can overcome hurdles and win elections; and, once in office, these officials can play a critical role in the policy representation of the community.

However, he also discovers that there are limits to where and when LGBT candidates can run for office and that, while their presence in office often enhances policy representation, it can also create backlash. But even with some of these negative consequences, Out and Running provides compelling evidence that gays and lesbians are more likely to see beneficial legislation pass by increasing the number of LGBT state legislators. Indeed, grassroots politics in the states may allow the LGBT community its best opportunity for achieving its policy goals.

As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl
As Nature Made Him
The Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl
Paperback      ISBN: 0060929596

In 1967, after a twin baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment that would alter his gender. The case would become one of the most famous in modern medicine -- and a total failure. As Nature Made Him tells the extraordinary story of David Reimer, who, when finally informed of his medical history, made the decision to live as a male. A macabre tale of medical arrogance, it is first and foremost a human drama of one man's -- and one family's -- amazing survival in the face of terrible odds.

Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory
Politics of Reality
Essays in Feminist Theory
Paperback      ISBN: 089594099x
Politics of Reality includes essays that examine sexism, the exploitation of women, the gay rights movement and other topics from a feminist perspective.

"This is radical feminist theory at its best: clear, careful and critical."--SIGNS

"For anyone first coming to feminism, these essays serve as a backdrop . . . for understanding the basic, early and continuing perspectives of feminists. And for all of us they provide a theoretical framework in which to read the present as well as the past."--Women's Review of Books

"The style is both scholarly and direct without being ponderous. Frye makes a concerted effort to stimulate discussion, as opposed to arguing unopposed, so that much of the work is novel and candid. . . . An important addition to a complete feminist library."--Choice
Secrets Of A Gay Marine Porn Star
Secrets Of A Gay Marine Porn Star
Paperback      ISBN: 0758209681
Yes, It All Really Happened Just Like This. . .

Here's the story of Rich Merritt--the good son, teacher's pet, Southern gentleman, model Christian student at Bob Jones University, Marine officer, and the not-so-anonymous poster boy for a New York Times Magazine article on gays in the military--whose complicated sexual past caused an international scandal when The Advocate "outed" him as "The Marine Who Did Gay Porn," putting his life in a tailspin. It's the compelling, poignant story of how a boy who never listened to pop music, never cursed, and didn't have his first drink until he was eighteen exploded into a life of drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, prostitution, and pornography. And above all, it's a triumphant story of self-forgiveness and identity, of a man who refused to allow himself to be defined by the standards of anyone else--gay or straight. Along the way, Rich Merritt writes with humor, compassion, insight and naked truth about:

- What it's really like growing up behind the "Fortress of Fundamentalism" and how he ultimately came to despise their views

- The harsh realities of military life under the "Don't ask, don't tell" Clinton policy

- A real insider's experience of working in the male porn industry--the good, the bad, and the extremely hot

- Why he chose not to reveal his porn past to the New York Times journalist

- What it felt like to be the most notorious marine in the world and what it took to come through the fire

By turns harrowing and heartbreaking, angry and affirming, Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star is that rarest of memoirs--a fascinating slice of life that reads like the most absorbing fiction, but is all true.

Rich Merritt has written an Op-Ed column for the Navy Times. He has been profiled for The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The Advocate. Stories about him have appeared in the London Times, The Washington Post and many other publications. He is now an attorney living in Atlanta.
My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family
My Two Moms
Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1592407137

A resounding testament to individuality and the power of family in all forms from the young man who lit up the Internet (Ellen DeGeneres)
On January 31, 2011, Zach Wahls addressed the IowaHouse Judiciary Committeein a public forum regarding full marriage equality. The nineteen-year-old son of a same-sex couple, Wahls proudly proclaimed, The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character. Hours later, his speech was posted on YouTube, where it went viral, quickly receiving more than two million views. By the end of the week, everyone knew his name and wanted to hear more from the boy with two moms.
Same-sex marriage will be a major possibly the defining issue in this year s election cycle, and Wahls speaks to that, but also to a broader issue. Sure, he s handsome and athletic, an environmental engineering student, and an Eagle Scout. Yet, growing up with two moms, he knows what it s like to feel different and to fear being made fun of or worse. In the inspirational spirit of "It Gets Better "edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, "My Two Moms "also delivers a reassuring message to same-sex couples, their kids, and anyone who s ever felt like an outsider: You are not alone.

My Lesbian Husband: Landscapes of a Marriage
My Lesbian Husband
Landscapes of a Marriage
Paperback      ISBN: 1555973108

Winner of the American Library Association GLBT Book Award

Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award

Soulfully Gay: How Harvard, Sex, Drugs, and Integral Philosophy Drove Me Crazy and Brought Me Back to God
Soulfully Gay
How Harvard, Sex, Drugs, and Integral Philosophy Drove Me Crazy and Brought Me Back to God
Paperback      ISBN: 1590304187
Soulfully Gay is a personal memoir of an intellectually rigorous gay man wrestling with fundamental issues of meaning and self-acceptance. Joe Perez finds himself on a quest to understand what it means to be gay at the intersection of conflicts between homosexuality and Christianity, faith and skepticism, mysticism and madness. His journey unfolds amid challenges to his health as a recovering addict, a survivor of a psychotic episode, and a man living with AIDS. Joe is able to integrate seemingly contradictory elements--his Roman Catholic upbringing versus his openly gay lifestyle, his authentic mystical experiences versus the delusions for which he was hospitalized. With a solid understanding of theology and an ability to see through the veils of political correctness, Joe brings a new level of intellect and understanding to the challenges of being a gay man.
Geography of the Heart
Geography of the Heart
Paperback      ISBN: 0671009834

From the author of the award-winning novels Crossing The River and Scissors, Paper, Rock comes a powerful book about the transformative power of love. Fenton Johnson recounts the history of "how I feel in love how I came to be with someone else, how he came to death and how I helped." Johnson interweaves two stories: his own upbringing as the youngest of a Kentucky whiskey maker's nine children, and that of his lover LarD Rose, the only child of German Jews. survivors of the Holocaust.

Sisters, Sexperts, Queers: Beyond the Lesbian Nation
Sisters, Sexperts, Queers
Beyond the Lesbian Nation
Paperback      ISBN: 0452268877

This collection of essays illustrates both the vitality and the variety within the lesbian community, with topics such as the politics of butch-femme identity, lesbian pop music stars, and class differences in the lesbian community. Original.

Paperback      ISBN: 0374517770

In 1907 Andre Gide began work on a series of Socratic dialogues on the subject of homosexuality and its place in society. These were published piecemeal, without the author's name, in private editions of twelve copies (1911) and twenty-one copies (1920) before a signed, commercial edition finally appeared in France in 1924. In his preface to the first American edition -- published in 1950, the year before his death -- Gide says: Corydon remains in my opinion the most important of my books.In the preface to this new translation, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Howard concludes: Corydon demands -- and deserves, in its effort to discern not the nature of human sexuality but the history of its repression -- our closest attention as it peers, gracefully, at times grotesquely, beneath 'the veil of lies, convention, and hypocrisy which still stifles an important and not contemptible part of humanity.'