A fabulous montage of word and image, this is the first book ever to chronicle the origin and evolution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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.
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.
Originally published in Liberating Minds: The Stories and Professional Lives of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Librarians and Their Advocates
Originally published in Identity Envy: Wanting to Be Who We’re Not
Originally published in Harrington Gay Men’s Quarterly, June 1, 2005
Originally published in Love, Castro Street: Reflections of San Francisco
Originally published in Intergeneration: Building Queer Community Across the Ages Through Art (2002)
Originally published in Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians
Originally published in Common Ground, August 2004
Originally published in The James White Review, Spring 1996, Vol. 13, no. 2
Originally published in I Do, I Don’t: Queers on Marriage (Suspect Thoughts, 2004)
Originally published in Common Ground (May 2004) reprinted in Charmed Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling (Lethe Press, 2006)
Originally published in Best Date Ever: True Stories that Celebrate Gay Relationships (Alyson Publications, 2007)
Originally published in White Crane Journal, April 2007