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1. A Gay History of Britain: Love and Sex Between Men Since the Middle Ages Popular
Covering nearly a thousand years from the Norman Conquest to the internet age, this is a history rich in personalities, not only public figures like Richard Lionheart or Derek Jarman, but also little-known individuals such as Eleanor, a cross-dresser in Chaucer s England, and Mark Partridge, branded a mollying bitch in eighteenth-century London. A Gay History of Britain tells their stories against a shifting historical background of changing laws, fluctuations of popular prejudice, and unexpectedly influential events, such as the coming of the railways. It also poses some intriguing and crucial questions. Did Richard Lionheart, Eleanor, Mark Partridge and Derek Jarman share a sense of sexual identity? How differently did the mollies of the eighteenth-century and the twentieth-century activists of Outrage! think of themselves? What links and divides the vivid expression of homosexuality in the playhouses of Renaissance London and the secrets and scandals of Victorian England? Drawing on a fabulous wealth of research, the authors each an expert in his field have worked closely together to deliver a compelling and eye-opening exploration of the many different ways in which British men have expressed their love and desire for one another.

Author: Matt Cook
Format: Hardcover 288 pages
Publisher: Praeger
Guide price:* Book: £17, Kindle: £

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2. Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement (Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism) Popular
In 1951, a new type of publication appeared on newsstands—the physique magazine produced by and for gay men. For many men growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, these magazines and their images and illustrations of nearly naked men, as well as articles, letters from readers, and advertisements, served as an initiation into gay culture. The publishers behind them were part of a wider world of “physique entrepreneurs”: men as well as women who ran photography studios, mail-order catalogs, pen-pal services, book clubs, and niche advertising for gay audiences. Such businesses have often been seen as peripheral to the gay political movement. In this book, David K. Johnson shows how gay commerce was not a byproduct but rather an important catalyst for the gay rights movement.

Author: David K. Johnson
Format: Paperback 319 pages
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Guide price:* Book: £25, Kindle: £21

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3. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Popular
The very first picture book about the remarkable and inspiring story of the Gay Pride Flag! In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today''s world. Award-winning author Rob Sanders's stirring text, and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno's evocative images, combine to tell this remarkable - and undertold - story. A story of love, hope, equality, and pride.

Format: Kindle and hardback 40 pa
Publisher: Random House Books for Young R
Guide price:* Book: £12.50, Kindle: £9

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4. Stonewall Popular
In the summer of 1969, the Stonewall Inn, one of the few places where gay men could gather, was a mafia-run unlicensed bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. An unforeseen raid on the night of June 28 by federal agents ignited the now-famous five days of Stonewall riots that kindled the nation’s gay rights movement. Expertly weaving personal, eyewitness accounts of the riots, Martin Duberman’s Stonewall is an engrossing look at how six individuals, from distinctly different backgrounds, helped bring political and social awakening to the gay liberation movement.

Author: Martin Duberman
Format: Kindle 370 pages
Publisher: Open Road Media
Guide price:* Book: £10, Kindle: £8.30

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5. Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution Popular
In 1969, a series of riots over police action against The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, changed the longtime landscape of the homosexual in society literally overnight. Since then the event itself has become the stuff of legend, with relatively little hard information available on the riots themselves. Now, based on hundreds of interviews, an exhaustive search of public and previously sealed files, and over a decade of intensive research into the history and the topic, Stonewall brings this singular event to vivid life in this, the definitive story of one of history's most singular events.

Author: David Carter
Format: Paper / Kindle
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Guide price:* Book: £11, Kindle: £8

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6. The Queer Cinema of Derek Jarman International Library of Cultural Studies Popular
Derek Jarman has been called the 'godfather' of the early 1990s cinematic movement now known as 'Queer Cinema'. 'Queer' rejects labels, challenges fixed ideas of gender and sexual identity and refuses the status of a tolerated minority, and queer imagery dominates Jarman's cinema. Yet there has been little attention given to this rich vein in his work.This is the first book to view Jarman's uniquely personal - and pleasurable - cinema through the analytical prism of 'queer'. Niall Richardson takes up queer theory and its debates, as well as the tension between theory and activism, to apply these issues to Jarman's cinema in critical readings of his films, with special attention given to "Caravaggio", "Edward II" and "Blue". Richardson enters the debates about queer sexuality and particularly the dynamics of sadomasochism in sexual relations. He considers alternative regimes of gender and sexuality, desire and its relationship to the body, and the political impact of such images. Although Jarman's films have often been praised for being allegories of political resistance, this book argues convincingly that the 'queer' status of his cinema is as much indebted to the representation of alternative paradigms of gender and sexuality as it is to his portrayal of tendentious political battles.

Author: Niall Richardson
Format: Paperback: 272
Publisher: I.B. Taurus
Guide price:* Book: £15, Kindle: £

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