As an amalgam of candid autobiography, teenage homosexual guide, indictment of homophobes and eloquent plea not only for tolerance but for acceptance of homosexuality, this highly personal “meditation-manifesto” by gay poet and literary critic Bawer ( Diminishing Fictions ) provides a much-needed historical and moral perspective on the problems faced especially by gay men. Highly visible Gay Pride members of a sex-dominated, politically active subculture, the author contends, are not representative of the varied mainstream, seen here as a mostly silent, gay population now subject, especially in the military, to a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Bawer further charges that it is largely anti-gay prejudice that defines gays as a group. He deplores misleading negative images that brand homosexuals as AIDS-prone, physically or mentally ill, promiscuous and drug-addicted. The best (and last) chapter treats the need for homosexual self-recognition and the dangers of denial.
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