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Stranger Among Friends

Written by David Mixner


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: June 2, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37554-1 (0-553-37554-7)

"From my fear of coming out to coming on strong in the struggle for human rights, this is my American journey, the story of an outsider on the inside, a gay man proudly committed to a life of standing up for freedom.

"President Clinton and I were born three days apart. We... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Queer (In)Justice
The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
Written by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5115-3 (0-8070-5115-2)

*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

A groundbreaking work that turns a “queer eye” on the criminal legal system

Drawing on years of research, activism, and legal advocacy, Queer (In)Justice is a searing examination of queer experiences--as “suspects,” defendants, prisoners, and survivors of crime. The authors unpack queer criminal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Queer (In)Justice
The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
Written by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 15, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5116-0 (0-8070-5116-0)

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Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Tricky Part
A boy's story of sexual trespass, a man's journey to forgiveness
Written by Martin Moran


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27653-7 (0-307-27653-8)

Raised in a loving Catholic family in Denver, Martin Moran was a star student who imagined that he’d one day become a U.S. senator. When he was twelve years old, a camp counselor seduced him, initiating a sexual relationship that would last three years–and haunt Moran’s life for decades. He discovered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gay in America

Photographed by Scott Pasfield


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-104-3 (1-59962-104-5)

In this first-ever photographic survey of gay men in America, stereotypes are laid to rest and an intimate, honest picture of contemporary gay life is revealed through stunning personal portraits and narratives.

Photographer Scott Pasfield traveled 54,000 miles across all fifty states over a two-year span gathering stories and documenting... Read more >

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Soulfully Gay
How Harvard, Sex, Drugs, and Integral Philosophy Drove Me Crazy and Brought Me Back to God
Written by Joe Perez


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Integral Books
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-418-1 (1-59030-418-7)

SOULFULLY GAY is a personal memoir of an intellectually rigorous gay man wrestling with fundamental issues of meaning and self-acceptance. Joe Perez finds himself on a quest to understand what it means to be gay at the intersection of conflicts between homosexuality and Christianity, faith and skepticism, mysticism and madness. His... Read more >

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The Pure Lover
A Memoir of Grief
Written by David Plante


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0620-7 (0-8070-0620-3)

The Pure Lover is David Plante’s elegy to his beloved Nikos Stangos, their forty-year life together, and its tragic end. Written in vivid fragments that, like the pieces of a mosaic, come together into a glimmering whole, it shows us both the wild nature of grief and the intimate conversation that... Read more >

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Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage
Valuing All Families under the Law
Written by Nancy D. Polikoff and Michael Bronski


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4433-9 (0-8070-4433-4)

Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage reframes the family-rights debate by arguing that marriage shouldn’t bestow special legal privileges upon couples because people, both heterosexual and LGBT, live in a variety of relationships-including unmarried couples of any sexual orientation, single-parent households, extended biological family units, and myriad other familial configurations. Nancy D... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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God Who Looks Like Me

Written by Patricia Lyn Reilly


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 20, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40233-2 (0-345-40233-2)

Childhood religious images of judgment, punishment, unworthiness, and shame, of male saviors, messiahs, and Higher Powers pursue all women into adulthood. Many women realize they must leave behind the traditional concepts and images for a more authentic spirituality, yet they find that the male symbols of God are deeply rooted in... Read more >

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Family Pride
What LGBT Families Should Know about Navigating Home, School, and Safety in Their Neighborhoods
Written by Michael Shelton
Foreword by Elizabeth Castellana, Colage


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0197-4 (0-8070-0197-X)

The overwhelming success of Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” YouTube project aimed at queer youth highlighted that despite the progress made in gay rights, LGBT people are still at high risk of being victimized. While the national focus remains on the mistreatment of gay people in schools, the reality is that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Beloved World

Written by Sonia Sotomayor


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80483-9 (0-345-80483-X)

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an... Read more >

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My Beloved World

Written by Sonia Sotomayor


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59488-4 (0-307-59488-2)

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an... Read more >

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Cruising

Written by Chad States
Contribution by Alec Soth


Format: Hardcover, 100 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-57687-583-4 (1-57687-583-0)

“Cruising” has always been a part of gay culture; the word itself is a code, innocuous to outsiders, but representing an incognito hunt for sexual partners to those in the know. Over the years, men with particular desires found spaces–certain parks, public restrooms, and roadside wooded groves–out of sight and yet... Read more >

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Faitheist
How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious
Written by Chris Stedman


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1439-4 (0-8070-1439-7)

The story of a former Evangelical Christian turned openly gay atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious.

The stunning popularity of the “New Atheist” movement–whose most famous spokesmen include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens–speaks to both the growing ranks of atheists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Stranger Next Door
The Story of a Small Community's Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights
Written by Arlene Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 16, 2002
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7953-9 (0-8070-7953-7)

Winner of the 2001 Ruth Benedict Award

In a book that combines strong on-the-ground research and lucid analysis with a novelist’s imaginative sympathy, Arlene Stein sets out to discover why a small town with no apparent queer population became the site of a bitter battle over gay rights.

“A fascinating look... Read more >

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Outlaw Marriages
The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples
Written by Rodger Streitmatter


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0342-8 (0-8070-0342-5)

For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” for periods of thirty or forty–sometimes as many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Outlaw Marriages
The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples
Written by Rodger Streitmatter


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0334-3 (0-8070-0334-4)

For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” for periods of thirty or forty—sometimes as many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con

Written by Andrew Sullivan


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7866-0 (1-4000-7866-0)

From Plato to Camille Paglia, a collection of opinions, pro and con, on one of the most explosive issues of our time. Were homosexual unions sanctioned by societies before our own? What are the bases for the religious proscriptions against them? Does the Constitution implicitly grant homosexuals the right to marry?... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Best Little Boy in the World Grows Up

Written by Andrew Tobias


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 7, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42379-5 (0-345-42379-8)

Writing with his customary charm and frank humor, Tobias, America's bestselling financial guru as author of The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need, tells of love affairs and heartbreak, hot New York parties and tough political battles, the excitement of genuine social change and the tragedy of seeing dear friends die... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Virtual Equality
The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation
Written by Urvashi Vaid


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 1996
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47299-9 (0-385-47299-4)

In Virtual Equality, veteran activist Urvashi Vaid critiques the true nature of the gay presence in the American mainstream. Vaid reasons that the mainstreaming of the gay community has come about by pushing the idea that gays are the same as straights ("legitimation"), rather than acknowledging how gays differ from straights... Read more >

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Miss Vera's Cross-Dress for Success
A Resource Guide for Boys Who Want to Be Girls
Written by Veronica Vera


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9195-6 (0-8129-9195-8)

Veronica Vera, creator and founder of the world’s first cross-dressing academy, knows that a host of goods and services for the girl with something extra are just a mouse click away. But who wants to spend hours surfing the Net? Fear no more: Miss Vera has done the legwork, combing the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Own Country
A Doctor's Story
Written by Abraham Verghese


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75292-9 (0-679-75292-7)

Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the town of Johnson City had always seemed exempt from the anxieties of modern life. But on August 11, 1985, the local hospital treated its first AIDS patient, and before long, a crisis that had once... Read more >

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The Scarlet Professor
Newton Arvin: A Literary Life Shattered by Scandal
Written by Barry Werth


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49469-4 (0-385-49469-6)

An utterly absorbing chronicle of the life and times of an esteemed college professor and literary critic and the ivory tower sex scandal that broke him, The Scarlet Professor offers a provocative and unsettling look at American moral fanaticism.

During his thirty-seven years at Smith College, Newton Arvin published groundbreaking studies of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How to Be a Person
The Stranger's Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos, and Life Itself
Written by Lindy West, Dan Savage, Christopher Frizzelle, Bethany Jean Clement and The Staff of The Stranger


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-57061-778-2 (1-57061-778-3)

This humorous guide to life for college students provides all the honest and straightforward information that no other college guide will give, including which majors to avoid, how to not get an STD, how to write a great sentence, how to do laundry and a state-by-state guide to the USA. The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Close to the Knives
A Memoir of Disintegration
Written by David Wojnarowicz


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 7, 1991
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73227-3 (0-679-73227-6)

By the controversial artist and writer, this work is a powerful, iconoclastic, and intimate memoir of what it is like to be gay and have AIDS in America.  In this provocative work, Wojnarowicz challenges the fearful and reactionary responses of society to AIDS patients and to homosexuality in general, assailing all forms... Read more >
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