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Michelangelo Signorile
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  • Queer in America: Sex, the Media, and the Closets of Power (1993)
    Controversial journalist and activist Michelangelo Signorile assess that if is the hidden identities--the "closeted" lives--of homosexuals that prevent their acceptance in American society. In "A Queer Manifesto," he issues a call-to-arms that refuses to let the closet, and the suffering it causes, endure.

  • Outing Yourself: How to Come Out as Lesbian or Gay to Your Family, Friends, and Coworkers (1995)
    No matter how much you prepare, coming out as gay or lesbian is a difficult, emotional process -- a process that will continue long after the words are spoken and the secret is out. There's no magic formula, but Outing Yourself by Michelangelo Signorile offers structure, guidance, and straightforward advice to all those:

    • Who are struggling with their sexuality and unsure of what to do

    • Who have accepted that they are gay but are still afraid to come out

    • Who consider themselves out of the closet but realize they have farther to go

Signorile's 14-step program -- complete with exercises, meditation notes, and anger checks, as well as the accounts of the coming-out experiences of other lesbians and gay men -- shows how you can successfully handle this life-changing, life-renewing process. A guide for the coming-out journey, Outing Yourself will convince all who read it that, in the words of the author, "The stress of coming out will never be as hard on you as the stress of staying in was."

  • Life Outside - The Signorile Report on Gay Men: Sex, Drugs, Muscles, and the Passages of Life (1997)
    Popular Out magazine columnist Michelangelo Signorile galvanized a generation of lesbians and gay men when he took on the "closets of power" in his 1992 classic Queer in America. Now, in Life Outside, Signorile offers an expose of what he calls the "cult of masculinity" within contemporary gay male culture, while at the same time he finds hope and renewal in life outside the urban centers - and also among people who consider themselves outside the "scene" within the urban centers. Drawing on illuminating and often heartbreaking first-person accounts of life on the "circuit" - the drug-fueled parties that dominate the "scene" and largely define the gay aesthetic - Life Outside shows the pressure that gay men are under to conform to an impossible physical ideal and how that pressure filters down, even to those far removed from the circuit. Few, he contends, are immune to the anxieties and insecurities that result from the promotion of this ideal. But Life Outside also identifies another, more positive phenomenon in the gay male world. For years life inside the gay urban centers has set the pace for life outside, but with the expansion of the gay movement has come a new visibility. With more and more gays coming out - and remaining - in suburban, small-town, and rural America, life outside the urban "scene" is changing the face of what it is to be gay in America.

  • Hitting Hard: Michelangelo Signorile on George W. Bush, Mary Cheney, Gay Marriage, Tom Cruise, the Christian Right and Sexual Hypocrisy in America (2005)
    For over two decades, Michelangelo Signorile has been among the most outspoken and controversial critics of American politics and culture. As a gay activist and journalist, he earned acclaim as the father of the "outing" phenomenon. Today, he remains one of the most widely read and talked about gay muckrakers. In Hitting Hard (Signorile’s first new book since his national bestseller, Outing Yourself), the author tackles the most heated topics of debate among gay people and the political left.  See also
    Mary Cheney.

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