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By Jeffrey Escoffier

ISBN-10: 0520206339

ISBN-13: 9780520206335

During this wide-ranging number of his so much influential essays, Escoffier strains the emergence of a homosexual and lesbian political identification over the past 4 many years.

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For example, men who dressed and acted in accordance with the adult female role were known as "two-spirit" or berdache (originally the French term for these Indians). The berdache often married Indian men. 9 < previous page page_37 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_38 next page > Page 38 This theoretical distinction between behavior and identity is crucial to the histories of homosexuality, and, frequently, to the histories of the gay and lesbian emancipation movements.

Since there are no readership statistics or surveys that allow us to gauge this literature's significance to homosexuals in the 1950s or 1960s, I have drawn on my own experience. I try to understand the relationship a reader might have had to that body of literature and reconstruct my own reaction to < previous page page_31 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_32 next page > Page 32 the idea of a gay identity and community. Finally, I evaluate the psychological and political significance of "the discovery of the social" by tracing its significance for myself as a young homosexual.

1 There are open communities of lesbians and gay men in many cities. Community organizations and businesses cater specifically to the needs of the homosexual population. Until recently, there was a lesbian and gay caucus in the Democratic Party, and there are lesbian and gay political clubs in most cities. Openly gay men and lesbians have been elected to city councils, state legislatures, and the United States Congress. These remarkable developments have occurred because the lesbian and gay movements have stressed a politics of identity closely modeled on the politics of ethnic and racial minorities.

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