American Homo - Community and Perversity
American Homo offers a sweeping interpretation of the political, cultural and economic struggles of lesbian, gay and bisexual people to reveal how sexual minorities have challenged and changed American society. These provocative essays by long-time activist, writer, and theorist Jeffrey Escoffier tracks the lesbian and gay movements across the contested terrain of American political life. Starting from an urban subculture created by stigmatized and invisible men and women, LGBT movements have had to negotiate the historical tension between the homoeroticism that courses through American culture and virulent outbreaks of homophobic populism. Escoffier explores how every new success whether it 's civil rights, marriage, or cultural recognition also enables new disciplinary and normalizing forms of domination, and why only the active exercise of democratic rights and participation in radical coalitions allows LGBT people to sustain both the benefits of community and the freedom of sexual perversity.
Jeffrey Escoffier is a Research Associate at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and the former director of public health media at the New York City Department of Health. He was the Executive Editor of Socialist Review (Berkeley) and one of the founders of OUT/LOOK- National Lesbian and Gay Quarterly. He is also the author of a short biography of John Maynard Keynes and of Bigger Than Life- The History of Gay Porn Cinema from Beefcake to Hardcore and the editor of Sexual Revolution, a collection of the most important American writing on sex published during the 1960 and 70s. He has taught at the University of California at Berkeley and Davis, Rutgers University, the New School for Social Research and Columbia University.