Harvey Milk. Sa vie, son époque Randy Shilts

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Harvey Milk. Sa vie, son époque  by  Randy Shilts

Harvey Milk. Sa vie, son époque by Randy Shilts
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When Randy Shiltss The Mayor of Castro Street appeared in 1982, the very idea of a gay political biography was brand-new. While biographies of literary and artistic figures (both living and dead) were a popular genre, there had been no openly gayMoreWhen Randy Shiltss The Mayor of Castro Street appeared in 1982, the very idea of a gay political biography was brand-new. While biographies of literary and artistic figures (both living and dead) were a popular genre, there had been no openly gay political figure who merited a full-length book.

Harvey Milk--a gay political organizer who became the first openly gay city supervisor in San Francisco and was then assassinated (along with liberal mayor George Moscone)--was the obvious choice for such a book. And Randy Shilts--a young reporter who had risen up through the gay press to become the first openly gay reporter with a gay beat in the American mainstream press--was the perfect person to write it. While his later works such as And the Band Played On and Conduct Unbecoming were based on hard-hitting, fact-driven reportage, Shiltss tone in The Mayor of Castro Street is softer, more focused on the narrative of Harvey Milks political rise from running a small business on Castro Street, to organizing local gay men and lesbians around grass-roots issues, to winning an elected office.

But in many ways this is also a forceful and engaging story of the gay rights movement in the second half of the 20th century. Thus, Shilts follows the growth of the Castro as a gay neighborhood and the growth of San Franciscos gay community from a ragtag collection of people who socialized and sexualized together into a vibrant and political force. --Michael Bronski



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