Kings & Queens: Queers at the Prom

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David Boyer
Soft Skull Press, 2004 - Social Science - 160 pages
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Like so many closeted gay teenagers who faced this high school rite of passage, David Boyer asked a girl to his senior prom. More than a dozen years later, now openly gay Boyer began collecting stories of this enduring ritual from queers who survived it. These stories form the basis of Kings and Queens: Queers at the Dance.
The book is divided into two major sections: Before Stonewall begins around the time of the Depression and ends at the 1969 uprising. These stories suggest what it was like to come of age before the gay rights movement really began, before the word gay assumed its current meaning. After Stonewall charts queers' progression from closet to mainstream. Not intended as a definitive retelling of gay history, Kings and Queens illustrates how growing up gay has ? and has not ? changed over the years. It is a bumpy but irresistible ride through a history that has been unspoken for too long.
  

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Any teen will say that the weeks leading up to the senior prom are filled with anxiety, but being gay makes other worries seem lame in comparison. Freelance writer Boyer has collected almost two dozen ... Read full review

Contents

Arthur Larsen
9
THE PROM KING
19
THE HAPLESS ROMANTIC
38
THE MINI
77
THE PORN STAR
91
The 60s and 70s Tony Scalia
97
THE LATE BLOOMER
141
THE VETERAN
147
THE IMMORTAL SOUL
153
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About the author (2004)

David Boyer's writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Phoenix, Wired, Salon, and other publications. A former consultant to Forture 1,000 companies, he lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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