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Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians,Bisexuals, and Transgenders (Anglais) Broché – 8 novembre 2009

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The first comprehensive biographical compendium of important historical and contemporary figures who were or are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The hundreds of people whose stories appear in this book are some of the most intriguing personalities of their times: actors, writers, musicians, businessmen, politicians, scientists and soldiers. Intended for gay and heterosexuals alike, this encyclopedia reveals a fascinating picture of queer society and culture throughout recorded history. This is history at its finest: surprising, absorbing and ultimately empowering.

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Par Nolwennsarah TOP 100 COMMENTATEURSMEMBRE DU CLUB DES TESTEURS le 2 mars 2013
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J'avoue m'être vite lassée bien que les articles soient bien écrits et l'ensemble complet. Le livre montre bien la place majeure des personnalités homosexuelles dans le domaine artistique.
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HASH(0x8d668d08) étoiles sur 5 Who? What? WOW! 16 octobre 2009
Par Ophelia Chong - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I could not put this book down, it's like a bag of potato chips; once you start, you can't stop. The importance of this book is in the title "Queers in History", what made them famous, infamous, was not just their sexuality but their sense of purpose. But did their sexuality play an important part in it? Most likely because what drives gay, straight, bi people are their goals in life, and their decisions in life are made emotionally, what they feel, what they need, what fuels their passions.

Keith Stern's book is not just a historical look at homosexuality but it brings to the forefront what is the common denominator of us all, the search for our own "place in the world". I highly recommend this book as a gift to all your straight, gay, bi, transexual friends and as a book to place on the coffee table to start lively conversations at any social gathering.
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HASH(0x8d668d20) étoiles sur 5 Questionable Credibility 14 juin 2010
Par M. Johnson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Queers in History is best described as the hybrid of an encyclopedia and a gossip column. It's certainly entertaining in places, but I'm not convinced that all of the claims are credible. I wish there were more discussion of the sources that led to the author's conclusions. Also, the book contains many individuals who had just a single homosexual experience; I don't know if that necessarily qualifies them as queer.
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HASH(0x8d6687b0) étoiles sur 5 Queers in History 5 novembre 2012
Par Mary K. Green - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book was a disappointment to me because I expected to read of fully developed characters but found instead little more information than an obituary might contain. BUT my biggest disappointment is that the book includes people who were attracted to children, clearly more pedophile than homosexual, and that does not belong in a book about Queers any more than a book about heterosexuals should include people who are attracted to children. I do not recommend this book as "the comprehensive encyclopedia of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals."
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HASH(0x8d9dec6c) étoiles sur 5 Not Queer At All 27 septembre 2013
Par pgh girl - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is hundreds of mini-biographies and was educational, interesting and provocative. I wasn't going to buy this book because I feel it's no one's business what anyone does in their bedrooms. I hate defining people by their sexual preference. The author doesn't do that. All of the subjects are first described by their accomplishments. Only then does the author provide info and anecdotes about their sexual preferences. I liked that. I described this book as provocative because a very few of our most beloved historical figures preferred children. All professions are covered--actors, musicians, writers, politicians (including 2 Presidents), sports figures and clergy(including Popes). 99% is validated with exhaustive research. 1% is based on persistent rumor.

After reading this marvelous book, I have a better appreciation of the struggles of LGBTs to obtain their inalienable rights. I hope I'm a little more mature about this topic, even though I laughed out loud at the Marlon Brando/Wally Cox affair. I don't know if I'll ever be mature enough to not laugh at that.
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HASH(0x8d67dad4) étoiles sur 5 Fairly comprehensive and informative 23 décembre 2011
Par Jake Harris - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is rather effective in that one can either peruse a few entries during lunch break, or read through the night. At times I couldn't put it down. The format is basically several hundred cases of successful, famous, or notorious gay individuals whereby anywhere from a few paragraphs to a few pages are devoted to summarizing their lives and the evidence that they were in fact gay. It spans from the earliest recorded gay couple in ancient Egypt, up to the present day. You can find any number of variety, from royalty and popes, to scientists, authors, and of course the movie business. There were nonetheless some concerns I had that made me wary of buying.

As with anything on this subject, I was concerned that the evidence towards their sexualities, particularly from medieval times up thru the homo hunting in the 50s, would be flimsy at best. Not only was sexuality a taboo subject and hidden at all costs in many cases, but the passing of time can make it difficult to assess just about anything. Nonetheless, there was a compelling amount of proof most of the time, and the author even conceded in the preface that there were "bound to be some" errors. This is unavoidable, at least absent a diary confession or something. I think the opportunity to become well known was also limited before video and such. Consequently, a sizeable number in this book are still living and hollywood comes across as the gayest place ever. Where i think improvement could have been made was there were times I really wanted to learn more, yet only a couple paragraphs were devoted to some instrumental figure like Alexander. It could have done without some cases altogether; I don't care that someone in a boy band is gay, seeing as their only contribution to society is to make teenage girls scream. I'd rather have read about some everyday foreman or police chief or whatever that had overcome prejudice (not to mention didn't wait until their career was over to come out).

Another difficulty that complicates the matter is the widely different cultures that these people lived in. For example, Lincoln is often assumed to have been gay because he wrote what appears to be passionate love letters to his roommate and lifelong friend. They also shared a bed, but it was quite common to do so in those days, when beds were prohibitively expensive and men who moved out west were separated from their families. So their correspondence reads like they can't stand to be apart, when it may simply be a matter of loneliness. In some parts of the world nowadays it's even common for hetero male friends to hold hands. So was Lincoln gay? He's in this book, but we'll probably never know. What is shocking to me was the number who frankly admitted to their sexuality when it was social suicide, or even death, to do so. In these instances, which is most of the entries, there is no room for doubt.

So in conclusion this collection isn't perfect, but it is a genuine effort and an entertaining reference. It's encouraging to see what an impact gays and lesbians have made across time and place.
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