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Masked Voices
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An analysis of unpublished letters to the first American gay magazine reveals the agency, adaptation, and resistance occurring in the gay community during the McCarthy era. In this compelling social history, Craig M. Loftin describes how gay people in the United States experienced the 1950s and early 1960s, a time when rapidly growing gay and lesbian subcultures suffered widespread discrimination. The book is based on a remarkable and unique historical source: letters written to ONE magazine, the first openly gay publication in the United States. These letters, most of which have never before been published, provide extraordinary insight into the experiences, thoughts, and feelings of gay men and lesbians nationwide, especially as they coped with the anxieties of the McCarthy era. The letters reveal how gay people dealt with issues highly relevant to LGBT life today, including job discrimination, police harassment, marriage, homophobia in families, and persecution in churches and the military. Loftin shows that gay men and lesbians responded to intolerance and bigotry with resilience, creativity, and an invigorated belief in their right to live their lives as gay men and lesbians long before this was accepted and considered safe. Groundbreaking chapters address gay marriage and family life, international gay activism, and how antigay federal government policies reverberated throughout the country.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Chapter 1: ONE Magazine and Its Readers
  2. pp. 17-42
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  1. Chapter 2: Newsstand Encounters: ONE Magazine’s Volunteer Agents and Public Visibility
  2. pp. 43-62
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  1. Chapter 3: Imagining a Gay World: The American Homophile Movement in Global Perspective
  2. pp. 63-82
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  1. Chapter 4: ONE Magazine Letter Archetypes
  2. pp. 83-100
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  1. Chapter 5: “Branded Like a Horse”: Homosexuality, the Military, and Work
  2. pp. 101-120
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  1. Chapter 6: Classroom Anxieties: Educators and Homosexuality
  2. pp. 121-140
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  1. Chapter 7: Family Anxieties: Parent and Family Responses to Homosexual Disclosures
  2. pp. 141-156
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  1. Chpater 8: Homosexuals and Marriage under the Shadow of McCarthy
  2. pp. 157-180
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  1. Chapter 9: “I shall always cherish Sunday”
  2. pp. 181-202
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  1. Chapter 10: Unacceptable Mannerisms: Gender, Sexuality, and Swish in Postwar America
  2. pp. 203-222
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 223-230
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  1. Appendix: Categories of ONE Correspondence
  2. pp. 231-232
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 233-272
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  1. Sources and Bibliography
  2. pp. 273-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-310
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