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Gay bar : the fabulous, true story of a daring woman and her boys in the 1950s

Author: Will Fellows; Helen P Branson
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2010.
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Helen Branson operated a gay bar in Los Angeles in the 1950s, America's most anti-gay decade. In 1957, she published her memoir "Gay Bar", the first book by a heterosexual to depict the lives of homosexuals with admiration, respect, and love. In this new edition, Will Fellows interweaves Helen Branson's chapters with historical perspective provided through his own insightful commentary and excerpts gleaned from  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Will Fellows; Helen P Branson
ISBN: 9780299248505 029924850X 9780299248536 0299248534
OCLC Number: 580120158
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.
Description: xx, 166 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Will Fellows and Helen P. Branson ; introduction by Blanche M. Baker.

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Helen Branson operated a gay bar in Los Angeles in the 1950s, America's most anti-gay decade. In 1957, she published her memoir "Gay Bar", the first book by a heterosexual to depict the lives of homosexuals with admiration, respect, and love. In this new edition, Will Fellows interweaves Helen 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.--[book jacket]

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"Few books are unique, but this one comes close. It's the firsthand, contemporary account by a straight woman, Branson, who owned a gay bar in 1950s Los Angeles. Originally published in 1957, the Read more...

 
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