Masked Voices: Gay Men and Lesbians in Cold War America by Craig M. Loftin

By Craig M. Loftin

An research of unpublished letters to the 1st American homosexual journal unearths the company, version, and resistance happening within the homosexual group in the course of the McCarthy era.

In this compelling social historical past, Craig M. Loftin describes how homosexual humans within the usa skilled the Nineteen Fifties and early Nineteen Sixties, a time while swiftly becoming homosexual and lesbian subcultures suffered common discrimination. The booklet is predicated on a striking and targeted ancient resource: letters written to 1 journal, the 1st overtly homosexual book within the usa. those letters, so much of that have by no means sooner than been released, supply outstanding perception into the stories, recommendations, and emotions of homosexual males and lesbians national, specifically as they coped with the anxieties of the McCarthy period. The letters display how homosexual humans handled concerns hugely proper to LGBT existence this present day, together with task discrimination, police harassment, marriage, homophobia in households, and persecution in church buildings and the army. Loftin exhibits that homosexual males and lesbians spoke back to intolerance and bigotry with resilience, creativity, and an invigorated trust of their correct to reside their lives as homosexual males and lesbians lengthy earlier than this was once accredited and thought of secure. Groundbreaking chapters tackle homosexual marriage and kin existence, overseas homosexual activism, and the way antigay federal govt rules reverberated in the course of the country.

“[a] impressive e-book … approximately homosexual and lesbian lifestyles within the Fifties and ’60s.” — la Times

“The book’s curiosity and price comes during the letters, which current a close-up, own view of homosexual existence following WWII.” — CHOICE

“The letters to at least one are outstanding, offering a useful feel of the troubles and views of homosexual males and lesbians who may be thought of rank-and-file homophiles. The booklet illustrates how humans occasionally minimally engaged with the circulation negotiated the postwar interval and made a difference.” — Leila J. Rupp, writer of Sapphistries: a world background of affection among Wome

Craig M. Loftin is Lecturer in American stories at California nation college, Fullerton.

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