August 22, 2014

Books That Illuminated Gay Life for Americans

Posted on 10. Feb, 2013 by in Features, News

With the Boy Scouts of America mulling over its anti-gay policies until May, a Washington Post blogger has compiled a reading list to help “open their hearts and minds.” It includes Rita Mae Brown’s Rubyfruit Jungle, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, among others. [WashingtonPost]

David McConnell’s New Book Examines Six Gay Murder Victims and the Confused, Angry Men Who Killed Them: In his upcoming nonfiction book, American Honor Killings: Rage and Desire Among Men, author David McConnell characterizes the brutal murders of gay men by other men as “honor killings.” McConnell says:

“We refuse to believe honor killings happen in America. People think they only occur in the mountains of Afghanistan, among tribes and other primitive people. But the insane impulse behind honor killing is at work right here in America among the minds of many young men.” [LAWeekly]

New Book Details Life for Gay Power Couple in Hollywood: Former Warner Bros. Television President Alan Shayne and his partner, acclaimed artist Norman Sunshine, have penned a book titled Double Life: A Love Story from Broadway to Hollywood. In it, they detail their experiences as gay men in the entertainment industry decades ago. Sunshine said:

 “We wanted to show young people that there is a chance for happiness and a good life. In our day, there was no material out there. We started with nothing, living in a walk-up in Second Ave. in New York, and here we are looking out over the Intracoastal (waterway).” [SouthFloridaGayNews]

Nate Berkus on “Not Choosing” to Be Gay, His New Book, and Opening Up to Dad and Oprah: Nate Berkus, The Oprah Winfrey Show’s guest interior decorator, has penned a book titled The Things That Matter. In 2004, Berkus’ partner, Fernando Bengoechea, died during Sri Lanka’s Indian Ocean tsunami. [AfterElton]

 

Diana Denza is the social media manager for a leading skincare company. She also blogs for BUST and BettyConfidential.

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