"Exhaustively researched, surpassingly perceptive."
New York Magazine
"A stunning expose. Gay men should be handed three things when they come out of the closet: a box of condoms, a videocassette of George Cukor's The Women, and a copy of Life Outside."
"Life Outside bravely advances a critique of the attitudes and ideologies that have shaped the gay 'scene' and merits the attention of a broad audience for its courage and informativeness."
New York Times Book Review
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Life Outside Overview
Life Outside uses hundreds of interviews with American men in a groundbreaking study of fundamental issues shaping gay life: sex in the age of AIDS, family relationships, long-term commitment, and aging in an often youth-obsessed culture.
The acclaimed bestseller finds three major trends: the cult of masculinity, the deurbanization of homosexuality, and the death of the lonely old queen.
Signorile draws on illuminating accounts of life on the "circuit" — drug-fueled parties dominating the "scene" and largely defining the gay aesthetic
— to show the pressure to conform to an impossible physical ideal, and how that pressure creates anxiety and insecurity even for those far from the circuit.
He also identifies a positive phenomenon. Life in gay urban centers has long set the pace for life outside. But with more gays coming out and staying in rural, suburban, and small-town America, life outside the urban scene is changing the face of what it is to be gay in America.
Life Outside Contents
Part One: Life Inside
1. The Cult of Masculinity
2. The Origins of the Cult
3. The Evangelical Church of the Circuit
4. Happiness in a Vial
Part Two: Life Outside
5. The Deurbanization of Homosexuality
6. Postmodern Monogamy
7. The Death of the Lonely Old Queen
Appendix I: Six Ways to Deprogram from the Cult
Appendix II: Negotiated Safety
Ordering Life Outside
Life Outside is available for purchase in both hardcover and paperback formats on Amazon. You can also e-mail me to make arrangements for special autographed copies.