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Top 10 Gay Books You Should Already Own (Non Fiction)


Not only will you impress your friends with this well rounded list of non fiction gay book titles, but you can have a snapshot of the many facets and issues surrounding a gay lifestyle. Your library should already be filled with these non fiction gay books.

1. Why I Hate Abercrombie And Fitch: Essays On Race And Sexuality In America

Dwight A. McBride, the chair of the African American Studies department at Northwestern University, compiles a collection of essays about how popular culture, the "ghettoization of black men in gay male porn" and the clothing guidelines of Abercrombie And Fitch influence the gay African-American male.
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2. Ultimate Gay Sex

Michael Thomas Ford, author of "That's Mr. Faggot to You" and "Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me", gives us the do's and don'ts of gay sex, building relationships and even coming out. "Ultimate Gay Sex" is a 300 page illustrated collection.
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3. When I Knew

Robert Trachtenberg brings together a comical collection of stories about when gay men and women first knew they were gay. "When I Knew" is a great coffee table book and a definite conversation starter. When did you first know you were gay?
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4. The New Gay Teenager

Believe it or not, today's gay teenager doesn't think the same as older generations. Ritch C. Savin-Williams shows us how teens laugh in our faces about sexual identification and the fight for gay rights. The new gay teen doesn't need to label him or herself. They just want to live- fully aware of their sexuality.
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5. A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture

Gay people are known for moving into decrepit neighborhoods, converting old houses into fabulous digs, inviting other gay neighbors to the gay ghetto and then relinquishing the newly artistic and cool hood to relocated yuppies. What was once a liquor store becomes a Starbucks and now successful, our gay pioneers move on to form the next gay ghetto. Will Fellows explores this and other gay cultural phenomenon.
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6. How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization

Self-proclaimed fag hag Cathy Crimmins, praises gay men for their influence on society. From restaurants to gay expressions, queers are the keepers of culture and pave the way for society. Need proof? Just watch an episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
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7. Suicide Tuesday: Gay Men and the Crystal Meth Scare

Someone once told me, "What I do to you is no worse than what you do to yourself." The context was not drugs, but the concept applies to so many different situations, including the widespread use of crystal meth among gay men. Crystal Meth is the new gay kryptonite destroying gay lives and contributing to the growing HIV transmission rate. Duncan Osborne has a candid discussion with men who's lives were destroyed by the drug.
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8. The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's

Therapist Alan Downs describes how growing up gay in a straight world contributes to shame, self-hate and internalized homophobia later in life. Downs claims this sense of rejection can lead to unloving feelings and addiction.
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9. Coming Out Spiritually

Christian de la Huerta provides a spiritual perspective of gay life with influences from a number of religious traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sufism, and Taoism. De la Huerta argues that gay people have assumed 10 traditional spiritual roles and modern day religion has fragmented our sense of spirituality. Has gay spirituality been denied?
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10. How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States

Joanne Meyerowitz, professor of history at the Indiana University, focuses on the public and scientific view of transsexualism in the U.S. over the last 50 years. Meyerowitz shows us why transgeder people are not "freaks" or comic oddballs, but an important segment of an evolved sexual society.
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