Beyond the Closet: The Transformation of Gay and Lesbian Life

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 245 pages
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Gay life has become increasingly open in the last decade. In Beyond the Closet , Steven Seidman, a well-known author and leading scholar in sexuality, is the first to chronicle this lifestyle change and to look at the lives of contemporary gays and lesbians to see how their "out" status has changed. This compelling, well-written, and smart account is an important step forward for the gay and lesbian community.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
In the Closet
25
Gay and Lesbian Life after the Closet
61
Straight Encounters
95
From the Polluted Homosexual to the Normal Gay
123
From Outsider to Citizen
163
Epilogue
197
Appendix
205
Notes
211
Index
239
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Steven Seidman is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany, and an expert on sexuality and social theory. His many books include Embattled Eros: Sexual Politics and Ethics in Contemporary America, Romantic Longings: Love in America, 1830-1980, and The Handbook of Gay and Lesbian Studies.

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