Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning

Mark Thompson, Author St. Martin's Press $18.95 (310p) ISBN 978-0-312-00600-6
Cultural editor of the Advocate, Thompson here collects previously published articles and book excerpts from the magazine, each an attempt to define the status of gay men. In an introduction he distinguishes between homosexual (a form of sexuality) and gay: ""A social identity and consciousness actively chosen.'' The text discusses the gay's role in politics, religion, culture, identity. Among the contributors are Judy Grahn, author of lesbian/feminist works; Malcolm Boyd, activist Episcopal priest; Harry Hay, a founder of the Mattachine Society; and writer William S. Burroughs. Although the anthology will prove enlightening to nongays, they will be put off by Geoff Mains's ``Urban Aboriginals and the Celebration of Leather Magic,'' an approving, detailed description of sadomasochism. Photos not seen by PW. (August 18)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987
Release date: 01/01/1987
Paperback - 352 pages - 978-0-312-01765-1
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