Stonewall Cousins, Roger and Alistair, become lifelong friends when they meet as boys in 1954. After both discovering their homosexuality, their lives intersect against the backdrop of 20th Century gay culture, from the beachboy surfer days of the 1960´s, to the Greenwich Village AIDS activism in the 1990´s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ethan Sawyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013084/bk_adbl_013084_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement. In revelatory detail, Robert W. Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of 31 men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Relying on unprecedented access to survivors and archives, Fieseler creates an indelible portrait of a closeted, blue-collar gay world that flourished before an arsonist ignited an inferno that destroyed an entire community. The aftermath was no less traumatic - families ashamed to claim loved ones, the Catholic Church refusing proper burial rights, the city impervious to the survivors´ needs - revealing a world of toxic prejudice that thrived well past Stonewall. Yet the impassioned activism that followed proved essential to the emergence of a fledgling gay movement. Tinderbox restores honor to a forgotten generation of civil-rights martyrs. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Heitsch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/002121/bk_high_002121_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The founder of POZ magazine shares ´´a captivating...eyewitness account from inside the AIDS epidemic´´ (Next) and ´´a moving, multidecade memoir of one gay man´s life´´ (San Francisco Chronicle). As a politics-obsessed Georgetown freshman, Sean Strub arrived in Washington, DC, from Iowa in 1976, with a plum part-time job running a senate elevator in the US Capitol. He also harbored a terrifying secret: his attraction to men. As Strub explored the capital´s political and social circles, he discovered a parallel world where powerful men lived double lives shrouded in shame. When the AIDS epidemic hit in the early 1980s, Strub was living in New York and soon found himself attending ´´more funerals than birthday parties´´. Scared and angry, he turned to radical activism to combat discrimination and demand research. Strub takes you through his own diagnosis and inside ACT UP, the organization that transformed a stigmatized cause into one of the defining political movements of our time. From the New York of Studio 54 and Andy Warhol´s Factory to the intersection of politics and burgeoning LGBT and AIDS movements, Strub´s story crackles with history. He recounts his role in shocking AIDS demonstrations at St. Patrick´s Cathedral as well as at the home of US Senator Jesse Helms. With an astonishing cast of characters, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Keith Haring, Bill Clinton, and Yoko Ono, this is a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era ´´[with] the suspense and horror of Paul Monette´s memoir Borrowed Time and the drama of Larry Kramer´s play The Normal Heart.... What a lot of action - and life - there is in this gripping book.´´ (The Washington Post). Photo: Iowa City Press-Citizen 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Drake. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021756/bk_adbl_021756_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sasha Frere-Jones became The New Yorker´s pop-music critic in 2004. He is also a musician, and since 2003 has performed with the band the Sands. Previous to that, he performed with the band Ui. In 1998, he released Standing Upright on a Curve, a solo guitar album. Carrie Brownstein is the lead guitarist and a vocalist for Sleater-Kinney, the feminist riot-grrl movement inspired indie rock band that she formed with Corin Tucker in 1994. Ms. Brownstein appeared in the 2002 film Group and is an advocate for gay and reproductive rights. KRS-ONE´s most recent album, Keep Right, was released in July. In the mid-1980s, he co-founded Boogie Down Productions with the DJ Scott La Rock. KRS-ONE´s song ´´Stop the Violence´´ inspired the Stop the Violence Movement, a coalition of hip-hop artists against violence. In 2001, he helped to present the Hip-Hop Declaration of Peace at the United Nations. Krist Novoselic was the bass player for the band Nirvana, which he formed with Kurt Cobain in 1987. In 1995, he founded the Joint Artists and Music Promotions Political Action Committee. He runs the Web site www.fixour.us, which advocates meaningful electoral reform, and is a board member of Music for America, a political/music nonprofit organization. His first book, Of Grunge and Government: Let´s Fix This Broken Democracy, is out in September. Henry Rollins joined the band Black Flag as vocalist in 1981. In 1987, after the band´s breakup, he formed the Rollins Band. He owns the publishing company 2.13.61, which has released more than a dozen books, several CDs and DVDs of his own, as well as the work of Henry Miller, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and others. He has appeared in several movies and TV shows, and recently visited U.S. troops stationed in Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, and Honduras, on behalf of the U.S.O. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sasha Frere-Jones. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/nyev/000003/sp_nyev_000003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Meet. Love. Break. Recover. That’s been the routine of Staceyann Chin’s romantic life. But at 35, after yet another devastating breakup and overcome by an urgent and all-consuming desire to have a child, Chin realizes she’s running out of time. So she sets her sights on a single target: motherhood. There’s just one problem. As a single black lesbian whose career as a poet and political activist has landed her on Oprah and in The New York Times but left her flat broke and without health insurance, Chin’s options are limited. Meanwhile, the Jamaican-Chinese Brooklyn resident can ´´feel the eggs drying up inside my aging ovaries”. MotherStruck! is Staceyann Chin’s heartbreaking and hilarious true account of her years-long battle to become a parent. Helped on her quest by Peter, a gay man she marries to start an ´´army of children” and C.J., her supremely supportive brother-in-law, Chin chronicles her struggles to navigate America’s broken health-care system, multiple threats of a miscarriage, and weeks of doctored-ordered bed rest while desperately needing to earn a living. Featuring an original score by Grammy-nominated songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello, MotherStruck! is a triumphant story about the true meaning of parenthood, the many forms that family can take, and discovering what really matters in life and love.Likeness based on photography by Melissa Mahoney 1. Language: English. Narrator: Staceyann Chin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/or/orig/000725/or_orig_000725_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s been over a month since Devlin Miski came out publicly, and no other professional athlete has followed suit. Dev just wants to put it all behind him and play football, helping his Chevali Firebirds win their first-ever division title. If only his teammates and everyone else could just let it go, he´d be fine. But there´s one teammate in particular who seems determined to make his life difficult... And for his boyfriend Lee, the past is never laid to rest. If it isn´t his parents´ troubled marriage, it´s an old friend pulling him back into gay rights activism. Lee could make a splash by getting Dev to promote gay rights, but he knows it would distract Dev from football. So he has to balance the pressures of the outside world against the needs of his relationship, and even for a clever fox, that´s a tall order. In this third volume of Dev and Lee´s story, the tiger and fox continue to explore their relationship. Personalities clash and dreams are on the line as Dev and Lee navigate their very public lives and try to stay true to themselves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Sewell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032326/bk_acx0_032326_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´A love letter to queerness, self-expression, and individuality (also Madonna) that never shies away from the ever-present fear within the queer community of late ´80s New York, Like a Love Story made me feel so full - of hope, love, courage, pride, and awe for the many people who fought for love and self-expression in the face of discrimination, cruelty, and death. ´´A book for warriors, divas, artists, queens, individuals, activists, trend setters, and anyone searching for the courage to be themselves.” (Mackenzi Lee, New York Times best-selling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue) It’s 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing. Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother. He’s terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he’s gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media’s images of men dying of AIDS. Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man with AIDS who devotes his time to activism as a member of ACT UP. Judy has never imagined finding romance...until she falls for Reza and they start dating. Art is Judy’s best friend, their school’s only out and proud teen. He’ll never be who his conservative parents want him to be, so he rebels by documenting the AIDS crisis through his photographs. As Reza and Art grow closer, Reza struggles to find a way out of his deception that won’t break Judy’s heart - and destroy the most meaningful friendship he’s ever known. This is a bighearted, sprawling epic about friendship and love and the revolutionary act of living life to the fullest in the face of impossible odds. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lauren Ambrose, Vikas Adam, Michael Crouch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/008529/bk_harp_008529_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Is our sexuality determined primarily by our genes? Or is it shaped by the social norms and expectations we happen to be born into? This Very Short Introduction provides an accessible, thoughtful and thought-provoking introduction to major debates around sexuality in the modern world, highlighting the social and political aspects of sexuality. It critically explores different ways of defining and thinking about sexuality and shows that many of our assumptions about what is ´´natural´´ in the sexual domain have, in reality, varied greatly in different historical or cultural contexts. The volume also examines ways in which governments have tried to regulate citizens´ sexualities in the past - through policies and laws concerning public health, HIV/Aids, prostitution, and sex education - paying special attention to the particular zeal with which women´s sexuality has been policed. The volume concludes by discussing political activism around sexuality more widely, focusing on the ways in which feminists, lesbians, and gay men, as well as religious fundamentalists, have transformed our ways of thinking about sexuality in the past few decades. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Toren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001905/bk_adbl_001905_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.