Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories edited by Patrick Merla

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In stunning essays written especially for this collection, twenty-nine noted gay writers recount their true "coming out" stories, intensely personal histories of that primal process by which men come to terms with their desire for other men. Here are accounts of revealing one's sexual identity to parents, siblings, friends, co-workers and, in one notable instance, to a stockbroker. Men tell of their first sexual encounters from their preteens to their thirties, with childhood friends who rejected or tenderly embraced them, with professors, with neighbors, with a Broadway star. These are poignant, sometimes unexpectedly funny tales of romance and heartbreak, repression and liberation, rape and first love defining moments that shaped their authors' lives. Arranged chronologically from Manhattan in the 1940s to San Francisco in the 1990s, these essays ultimately form a documentary of changing social and sexual mores in the United States—a literary, biographical, sociological and historical tour de force.

Avon Books, 1996.
ISBN: 9780380973408. 365 pp.
Hardcover. Fine in a fine jacket.