Books and Writing

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Celluloid San Francisco

Exploring a city famous for its role in film settings and television backdrops, this book is a comprehensive guide to thousands of movie and television locations in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Identity Envy

Why would a lesbian raised in a Jewish home have a sudden desire to be a tough-talking Catholic girl? And why would a gay man travel to Ireland in a desperate attempt to escape his “hillbilly” roots? Identity Envy—Wanting to Be Who We’re Not explores the connections gay men and lesbians have to religions, races, ethnicities, classes, families of origin, and genders not their own.

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Love, Castro Street

Recognized as perhaps the world’s most queer destination, San Francisco has a long, storied history of embracing—and influencing—gay and lesbian culture. Now, Michael Nava, Elana Dykewoman, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Jim Tushinski, Michele Tea, K.M. Soehnlein, and many others offer up essays and stories about why they love Castro Street.

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Personal Essays

A Queer Career

Originally published in Liberating Minds: The Stories and Professional Lives of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Librarians and Their Advocates


Originally published in Harrington Gay Men’s Quarterly, June 1, 2005

Film Fantasy

Originally published in Intergeneration: Building Queer Community Across the Ages Through Art (2002)

Gender Changer

Originally published in Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians

Reversing Vandalism

Originally published in Common Ground (May 2004) reprinted in Charmed Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling (Lethe Press, 2006)

Tea for Two

Originally published in Best Date Ever: True Stories that Celebrate Gay Relationships (Alyson Publications, 2007)