A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Aug 26, 2005 - Social Science - 298 pages
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From large cities to rural communities, gay men have long been impassioned pioneers as keepers of culture: rescuing and restoring decrepit buildings, revitalizing blighted neighborhoods, saving artifacts and documents of historical significance. A Passion to Preserve explores this authentic and complex dimension of gay men’s lives by profiling early and contemporary preservationists from throughout the United States, highlighting contributions to the larger culture that gays are exceptionally inclined to make.

 

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Long before the make-better mavens of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy put their mark on mainstream culture, gay men have evinced a talent for collecting, organizing, renovating, and restoring that goes ... Read full review

Contents

PreservationMinded from Childhood
3
In Search of Gay Preservationists
13
What These Gay Mens Lives Reveal
25
Saving Old New England
37
DesignMinded in the MidAtlantic States
57
To the Rescue in the Atlantic South
79
Domophiles Out West
107
California Conservative
131
Singular Preservationists in the Midwest
191
Cherishing Old New Orleans and Louisiana
217
Toward a Larger View of Gay Men
243
Conclusion
259
Acknowledgments
265
Notes
267
Index
283
Copyright

Generations of Gentlemen Keep Cooksville Wisconsin
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About the author (2005)

Will Fellows is the author of Farm Boys, which was honored as a best book of 1996 by Esquire Magazine and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 1997. He lives in Milwaukee.

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