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Taking Woodstock: a true story of a riot, a concert, and a life
Par Tom Monte, Elliot Tiber. 2009
This is the extraordinary, behind-the-scenes tale of how Woodstock went from a pipe dream to the most iconic rock concert…of all time. Elliot Tiber, then known as Eliyahu Teichberg, was a budding painter in the 1960s. He also happened to be head of his local chamber of commerce--and owner of the yearly permit to hold summer music concerts. The rest, as they say, is history. 2009.
Saving Alex: when I was fifteen I told my Mormon parents I was gay, and that's when my nightmare began
Par Joanna Brooks, Alex Cooper. 2016
Two days after Alex Cooper told her parents that she was gay, they took their fifteen-year-old daughter to Utah, where…they signed over their parental rights to a group of fellow Mormons who promised to "cure" Alex. For eight harrowing months, Alex was held captive in an unlicensed "residential treatment program," a virtual gulag where thousands of American teenagers have been sent by fundamentalist parents. Forbidden from attending school, Alex was beaten and verbally abused, and forced to stand facing a wall for up to eighteen hours a day wearing a heavy backpack full of rocks that literally broke her back. "God's plan does not apply to gay people," her captors told her, using faith as a cudgel to punish and terrorize her. With the help of a dedicated legal team in Salt Lake City, Alex would eventually escape and make legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law's protection as an openly gay teenager. 2016.
Rita will: memoir of a literary rabble-rouser
Par Rita Mae Brown. 1997
Autobiography of the openly lesbian novelist who has co-authored mysteries with her cat, Sneaky Pie. Describes her illegitimate birth, adoption…by relatives, and southern childhood; how she became an advocate for women's rights; and her relationships with tennis star Martina Navratilova and author Fannie Flagg. Some strong language. c1997.
Queer, there, and everywhere: 23 people who changed the world
Par Sarah Prager. 2017
A LGBTQ chronicle for teens shares hip, engaging facts about 23 influential gender-ambiguous notables from the era of the Roman…Empire to the present, exploring how they defied convention to promote civil rights, pursue relationships on their own terms and shape culture. For junior and senior high readers. 2017.
No previous experience: a memoir of love and change
Par Elspeth Cameron. 1997
Elspeth Cameron, a literary biographer, shares her journey from an unhappy marriage to the realization that she is a lesbian.…Along the way she must deal with her own confused feelings and the reactions of her friends and family to her decision. Some descriptions of sex. c1997.
No compromise: the story of Harvey Milk (Civil Rights Leaders Ser.)
Par David Aretha. 2010
Only after his assassination did America truly begin to understand Milk's impact on the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and…transgender people. Documents his life from his birth on Long Island, to his struggle for an identity, through his calling as a gay-rights activist and politician in San Francisco. For junior high readers. Some descriptions of sex and violence. 2010.
Naked in the promised land: A Memoir
Par Lillian Faderman. 2003
Faderman is known as the foremother of gay and lesbian studies, yet few would suspect she was the illegitimate child…of a guilt-obsessed single mother, that she tried to please her mom by becoming a movie star, or that she worked her way through college as a stripper. Faderman's mother and aunt left Latvia in 1923 to work in New York and send back money to their family, but neither could save their loved ones from Hitler's Holocaust, which tormented Faderman's mother endlessly. Trying to make her life meaningful and redeem her mother's suffering, Faderman eventually entered the University of California at Berkeley, ultimately achieving a Ph.D., a baby, a lover, and becoming a groundbreaking scholar of gay and lesbian studies. Some strong language and descriptions of violence, descriptions of sex. 2003.
Par James Hart. 2017
This is Jim Hart's story: how he survived a violent childhood home, how he overcame obsessive dependencies, and how he…finally found the strength to be his true self. A master at building relationships, Jim is charming, funny, and a great listener. His success in life and business was based on his ability to connect with others, from people recovering in 12-step groups in Upstate New York to those living in the rarefied air of Martha's Vineyard. But after more than twenty years of being sober, one slip-up triggered an active addiction that threatened his relationships with his then-wife, singer-songwriter Carly Simon, his recovery friends, his severely disabled son, and--as he began to confront his own sexuality--even with himself. With profound clarity and thoughtful language, Jim weaves together the beautiful and all-too-often heartbreaking events of his life into an inspiring tale of bravery, healing, and above all, love. 2017.
Les feux de Saint-Elme: récit
Par Daniel Cordier. 2014
Récit des années de jeunesse de l'auteur, dans un internat religieux à Arcachon. Découvrant son homosexualité, Daniel vit dans la…culpabilité, persuadé d'être en état de péché. Déchiré entre la désapprobation sociale, la peur de la damnation et sa passion pour David, il parvient à se faire renvoyer du collège. 2014.
Intolerable: a memoir of extremes
Par Kamal Al-Solaylee. 2012
As a gay man living in an intolerant Middle East, Al-Solaylee escaped first to England and eventually to Canada, where…he became a journalist and academic. While he was enjoying the cultural and personal freedoms of life in the West, his once-liberal family slowly fell into the hard-line interpretations of Islam that were sweeping large parts of the Arab-Muslim world in the 1980s and 1990s. The differences between his life and theirs were brought into sharp relief by the 2011 revolution in Egypt and the civil war in Yemen. Bestseller. Canada Reads 2015. 2012.
Hiding out: a memoir of drugs, deception, and double lives
Par Tina Alexis Allen. 2018
Tina Alexis Allen grew up in 1980s suburban Maryland in a house ruled by her stern father, Sir John, an…imposing, British-born authoritarian who had been knighted by the Pope. When Sir John discovered Tina was attracted to women, he too revealed he was gay. Their second lives brought father and daughter closer, but little did Tina know, darker secrets lingered below the surface. 2018.
Honor girl: [a graphic memoir]
Par Maggie Thrash. 2017
Maggie has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in…the heart of Appalachia. She's from Atlanta, she's never kissed a guy, she's into Backstreet Boys, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing--until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and, most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it's too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle--let alone understand. For senior high readers. 2017.
Familiar spirits: a memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson
Par Alison Lurie. 2001
Novelist Alison Lurie reminisces about meeting American poet James Merrill (1926-1995) in his youth and becoming friends with him and…his companion, David Jackson. Discusses their homosexuality, the importance of the Ouija board in their relationship, and their problems as they aged. 2001.
Cease: a memoir of love, loss, and desire
Par Lynette Dawn Loeppky. 2014
The memoir tells the story of a young woman who has decided to leave an eight-year relationship. As Lyn begins…to plan her exit, her partner Cecile suddenly falls ill. In a tumultuous drop towards a complicated end, the young woman is forced to become sole caregiver to the woman she had been planning to leave. Set against the "family values" of rural Alberta, this is a story about how we love and why we stay, especially in a time of crisis. 2014.
Confessions of a fairy's daughter: growing up with a gay dad
Par Alison Wearing. 2013
Alison Wearing led a carefree childhood until she learned, at the age of 12, that her family was a little…more complex than she had realized. When her father came out of the closet in the 1970s, when homosexuality was still taboo, it was a shock to everyone in the quiet community of Peterborough, Ontario — especially his wife and children. 2013.
Boy erased: a memoir
Par Garrard Conley. 2016
A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded…in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds. 2016.
AIDS activist: Michael Lynch and the politics of community
Par Ann Silversides. 2003
Michael Lynch, the central figure of this book, was a long-time gay activist and a dynamic force in organizing an…early response to the AIDS epidemic. Lynch's prescient articles in 'The Body Politic' spoke to the gay communities of Toronto, New York, and San Francisco; his organizing efforts meant change and hope. The author also furnishes a snap-shot history of how the AIDS crisis unfolded and of some of the heroic responses to it, and provides an emphasis on the politics of the gay community's response. Some strong language. 2003.
Accepted: how the first gay superstar changed WWE
Par Bertrand Hébert, Pat Patterson. 2016
When Pat Patterson was 17 years old, he was asked to leave his home after telling his parents he was…in love... with a man. Moving from Montreal to the United States in the 1960s, barely knowing a word of English, when homophobia was widespread, Pat lived in the super-macho world of pro wrestling. In this memoir, pioneer and creative savant Patterson recalls the trials and tribulations of climbing to the upper ranks of sports-entertainment - as a performer and, later, as a backstage creative force. 2016.
Osti de fif!
Par Jasmin Roy. 2010
Tapette! Moumoune! Osti de fif! Pendant cinq année de sa vie, le jeune Jasmin Roy est victime de violence homophobe…à l'école. Ostracisé, humilié, agressé physiquement par la majorité des élèves, il ne vit pas, il survit. À quarante-quatre ans, l'acteur et animateur décrit sans pudeur l'opression qu'il a subie au primaire et au secondaire, ainsi que les répercussions que celle-ci a eues sur sa vie. Pour la première fois, il parle au public des troubles d'anxiété, de la dépression et de la faible estime de lui-même qu'il a dû surmonter à l'âge adulte, à la suite de ces abus. Vingt-sept années se sont écoulées depuis sa sortie du secondaire et, selon lui, le problème persiste. Plusieurs jeunes âgés entre quinze et vingt-cinq ans livrent, dans cet ouvrage, des témoignages troublants qui confirment que malheureusement, l'homophobie est encore bien présente dans nos écoles. -- 4e de couv.
Par Daniel Mendelsohn, Pierre Guglielmina. 2009
Dans Les Disparus, Daniel Mendelsohn partait en quête de l'histoire de sa famille ; avec L'Étreinte fugitive, il s'est livré…à une quête infiniment plus intime. De l'écriture rhapsodique et classique qui est la sienne, il fait revivre son enfance entre sa mère, l'institutrice , la toute-belle, et son père, le mathématicien , celui qui répare, construit et se collette aux choses ; une enfance peuplée d'êtres, frères et soeurs, parents juifs âgés, avec, au centre, son grand-père, ce dandy mystérieux et raconteur d'histoires. C'est pendant ses années d'étudiant dans l'exotique Sud américain que le jeune homme se découvre une passion jumelée pour les langues anciennes et les beaux garçons. Dès lors, la recherche de la grammaire de son identité , de ce que veut dire être un homme, suivra des méandres surprenants, bouleversants. Car, lorsqu'une amie lui propose d'incarner une figure paternelle auprès de l'enfant qu'elle porte, il accepte et se prend à s'attacher si fort à lui qu'il va, petit à petit, partager sa vie entre Chelsea, le quartier où vivent les garçons de New York, et la banlieue où habitent son amie et leur petit garçon. -- 4e de couv. Titre uniforme: The elusive embrace.