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By Neil Miller

“A unique and hugely absorbing narrative history of gay life—from Oscar Wilde to the first gay marriage performed in San Francisco in 2004—by the award-winning journalist and distinguished author of Out in the World and Sex- Crime Panic. Miller accompanies his narrative with essays and excerpts from contemporary and historical writings, and the text is illustrated with photos and line drawings.

Neil Miller is the author of Sex-Crime Panic and winner of the 2003 Randy Shilts Award for nonfiction and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. He is also the author of In Search of Gay America, winner of the 1990 American Library Association prize for gay and lesbian literature. He teaches journalism and nonfiction writing at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.” (Book Description via Good Reads)

Year of publication: 2008

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When I read and reviewed this book: July 2013

This was very similar to the LGB class I took at my school. The information covers from 1869, starting with Walt Whitman, to about 1995 with Clinton being the president. It would be interesting to see an updated version covering the past two decades.

This is an essential book to read for LGBT history though it focuses mostly on Lesbians and Gays, there are a few pieces on Transgender people and some notable bisexuals are mentioned as well.

It is also notable that there is some global perspective too, it is not just about the U.S. and Western Europe (though that is the main focus) but there are entries about Soviet and post-soviet Russia, China, Japan, South Africa, Cuba, and Argentina.

My rating: 4.5 stars

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/434313.Out_of_the_Past

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