The Gay 100

In this impossible-to-ignore list, Paul Russell selects and ranks the 100 homosexuals who have most influenced culture in general and gay/lesbian identity in particular. It helps us understand how Socrates (1), Sappho (2), Oscar Wilde (3), Susan B. Anthony (12), Alexander the Great (14), Leonardo da Vinci (18), Radclyffe Hall (28), Larry Kramer (48), Anna Freud (85), Michelangelo Signorile (100) and ninety other writers, thinkers, artists, musicians, political figures, and rights activists have paved the way for gay men and lesbians to be who and where they are today.

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“Entertaining and educational… destined to create debate.” —San Francisco Examiner


“Quibbling with the choices here… is as pleasurable as reading Russell’s incisive essays.” —Publishers Weekly


“Russell’s gutsy and fiercely intelligent effort is a rich, engaging, and ultimately inspiring journey through the lives of the key people who have shaped gay and lesbian history and culture. —Eric Marcus, author of Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990


“Paul Russell’s exciting new book, The Gay 100, adds to the growing creation of a history that is honest about sexuality in all its guises and politics in its many manifestations. Long overdue biographies like these are must reading for anyone—young or old, male or female, gay or straight—who thinks of themselves as informed.” — Dell Richards, author of Lesbian Lists and Superstars: Twelve Lesbians Who Changed the World

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