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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
New York : Columbia University Press, c1996
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|ISBN:||0231084366 9780231084369 0231084374 9780231084376|
|Description:||xvi, 386 p. : ill ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Pt. I. The News Media Discover Homosexuality: World War II to Stonewall, 1943-1969. 1. A Community Discovers Itself. 2. Out of the Shadows. 3. Becoming Front-Page News. 4. Covering Stonewall --
Pt. 2. Progress and Backlash, 1970-1980. 5. Gay News, Straight Media. 6. Becoming Visible. 7. TV Becomes a Battleground. 8. Working in Newspapers. 9. Gay Power, Gay Politics. 10. Lessons from the Ramrod --
Pt. 3. Requiem for the Media, 1981-1994. 11. Responding to AIDS. 12. THe Experience of AIDS. 13. The Consequences of Outing. 14. The '90s and Beyond.
|Series Title:||Between men--between women.|
Straight News also explores how lesbian and gay journalists have fared in the nation's newsrooms. Drawing on a series of interviews, Alwood documents the struggles of closeted journalists to keep their personal lives private when disclosure would have jeopardized their careers. He points to the recent emergence and growing acceptance of openly gay journalists in the mainstream media, including Randy Shilts of the San Francisco Chronicle and Linda Villarosa, the executive editor at Essence, who announced her lesbianism in a 1991 article. Throughout the book, Alwood provides a far-reaching historical review of the attempts in the gay community to gain responsible news coverage and describes efforts to create an independent voice in a lesbian and gay press, from the Mattachine Review to the Advocate.