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How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization

The Time and Heroic Story of How Gay Men Shaped the Modern World

How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization by Cathy Crimmins
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A cultural history of the customs, fashions, and figures of gay life in the twentieth and the early twenty-first centuries-and how they have changed us for the better.

How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization presents a broad yet incisive look at how an unusual "immigrant" group, homosexual men, has influenced mainstream American society and has, in many ways, become mainstream itself. From the way camp, irony, and the gay aesthetic have become part of our national sensibility to the undeniable effect the gay cognoscenti have had on media and the arts, Cathy Crimmins examines how gay men have changed the concepts of community, family, sex, and fashion.


Penguin Publishing Group; June 2005
240 pages; ISBN 9781101143698
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Title: How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization
Author: Cathy Crimmins