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Gay Bar

The Fabulous, True Story of A Daring Woman and Her Boys in the 1950s
Fellows, Will (Book - 2010)
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Vivacious, unconventional, candid, and straight, Helen Branson operated a gay bar in Los Angeles in the 1950s--America's most anti-gay decade. After years of fending off drunken passes as an entertainer in cocktail bars, this divorced grandmother preferred the wit, variety, and fun she found among homosexual men. Enjoying their companionship and deploring their plight, she gave her gay friends a place to socialize. Though at the time California statutes prohibited homosexuals from gathering in bars, Helen's place was relaxed, suave, and remarkably safe from police raids and other anti-homosexual hazards. In 1957 she published her extraordinary memoir Gay Bar , the first book by a heterosexual to depict the lives of homosexuals with admiration, respect, and love. In this new edition of Gay Bar , Will Fellows interweaves Branson's chapters with historical perspective provided through his own insightful commentary and excerpts gleaned from letters and essays appearing in gay publications of the period. Also included is the original introduction to the book by maverick 1950s psychiatrist Blanche Baker. The eclectic selection of voices gives the flavor of American life in that extraordinary age of anxiety, revealing how gay men saw themselves and their circumstances, and how others perceived them. Outstanding Book, selected by the Public Library Association Best Books for High Schools, selected by the American Association of School Libraries
Authors: Fellows, Will
Title: Gay bar
the fabulous, true story of a daring woman and her boys in the 1950s
Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2010
Characteristics: xx, 166 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Will Fellows and Helen P. Branson ; introduction by Blanche M. Baker
Notes: An expanded edition of the original 1957 publication "Gay Bar" by Helen P. Branson, interleaved with commentary and excerpts from letters and essays appearing in L.A. gay publications of the period
Additional Contributors: Branson, Helen P. (Gay bar)
ISBN: 029924850X
Branch Call Number: 306.766279494 F322g 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Gay men California Los Angeles Social conditions 20th century Gay bars California Los Angeles
Topical Term: Gay men
Gay bars
LCCN: 2010011528
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Vivacious, unconventional, candid, and straight, Helen Branson operated a gay bar in Los Angeles in the 1950s-America's most anti-gay decade.

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