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Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples | [Rodger Streitmatter]

Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples

For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other "for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health" for periods of 30 or 40 - sometimes as many as 50 - years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife. In Outlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals how some of these unions didn’t merely improve the quality of life for the two people involved but also enriched the American culture.
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For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other "for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health" for periods of 30 or 40 - sometimes as many as 50 - years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife. In Outlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals how some of these unions didn’t merely improve the quality of life for the two people involved but also enriched the American culture.

Among the high-profile couples whose lives and loves are illuminated in the following pages are Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams and Mary Rozet Smith, literary icon Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, author James Baldwin and Lucien Happersberger, and artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.

©2012 Rodger Streitmatter (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    "Sames Sex Couples Through History"

    In Outlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals that gay marriage is not a 21st century idea— and that in fact, there have always been numerous well-known gay couples who lived an "outlaw" life together, despite conventional mores.

    Some of the notables profiled are playwright Tennessee Williams, literary icon Gertrude Stein, and movie legend Greta Garbo.

    Not only were some of the last two centuries leading artists gay, but they were in committed relationships. Our Arts history is heavily influenced by these unknowns.

    Who had the long-lasting relationships— and who had a tumultuous love life? Whose lover ended up being their muse for their most famous work? This book gives the answers.

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    Hearing the true life stories of men and women and their partners is so needed in our world.
    It is well crafted and supportive of the GLBT community.


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    The variety of men and women is very interesting. It shows the diverse nature of the GLBT community and that we've been around a long time.


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