The Resource Gay Bar

Gay Bar

Label
Gay Bar
Title
Gay Bar
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Subject
Summary
Vivacious, unconventional, candid, and straight, Helen Branson operated a gay bar in Los Angeles in the 1950s—America's most anti-gay decade. After years of fending off drunken passes as an entertainer in cocktail bars, this divorced grandmother preferred the wit, variety, and fun she found among homosexual men. Enjoying their companionship and deploring their plight, she gave her gay friends a place to socialize. Though at the time California statutes prohibited homosexuals from gathering in bars, Helen's place was relaxed, suave, and remarkably safe from police raids and other anti-homosexual hazards. In 1957 she published her extraordinary memoir Gay Bar, the first book by a heterosexual to depict the lives of homosexuals with admiration, respect, and love.In this new edition of Gay Bar, Will Fellows interweaves Branson's chapters with historical perspective provided through his own insightful commentary and excerpts gleaned from letters and essays appearing in gay publications of the period. Also included is the original introduction to the book by maverick 1950s psychiatrist Blanche Baker. The eclectic selection of voices gives the flavor of American life in that extraordinary age of anxiety, revealing how gay men saw themselves and their circumstances, and how others perceived them.Outstanding Book, selected by the Public Library AssociationBest Books for High Schools, selected by the American Association of School Libraries
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  • Fellows, Will
  • Branson, Helen P
  • Baker, Blanche M
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Gay/Lesbian
  • Sociology
  • Nonfiction
Label
Gay Bar
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:ce8bfd8c-1768-44f4-a940-9fa312b984ee
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780299248536
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Gay Bar
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:ce8bfd8c-1768-44f4-a940-9fa312b984ee
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9780299248536
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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    Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 First St, Menasha, WI, 54952-3191, US
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