Profusely illustrated, this book discusses the people and movements that made gay history in America, from Victorian times until the present. (Colonial times are briefly touched on). First person accounts give the book an air of 'you were there'. From the Gay 20s to the Kinsey Study to the McCarthy witch hunts to the Beat generation to Stonewall to disco to Aids to gay marriage and families, this overview gives a balanced look at how gay men and women have lived, worked and played for the past 125 years.
Linas Alsenas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, studied art history at Harvard University, where he was introduced to queer studies. After graduation, he worked for a year as an editor at a design magazine before embarking on his career in book publishing, in which he has worked on such titles as At Ease: Navy Men of World War II; Angry Little Girls; The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to Present by Tony Kushner; Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art by noted art historian Jonathan Weinberg; and many children's books. He is also the author and illustrator of two picture books from Scholastic Press, Mrs. Claus Takes a Vacation and Peanut.