We're Here, We're Queer
, a new book by Chicago writer Owen Keehnen, contains more than 100 interviews with activists, artists, writers, and others who helped lay the groundwork for the current LGBTQ world. Many of the subjects died soon after these interviews took place.
Primarily conducted in the 1990s, these chats with some of the defining members of the LGBT community provide a window into the world during a pivotal stage in LGBT history.
Included in this collection are conversations with Quentin Crisp, Edmund White, Samuel Steward, The Daughters of Bilitis, Harry Hay, Dorothy Allison, Dick Sargent, David Wojnarowicz, E. Lynn Harris, Tommy Tune, Joan Nestle, Holly Woodlawn, RuPaul, Sarah Schulman, Paul Monette, Chuck Renslow, Jerry Herman, Sapphire, Susie Bright, Michael Cunningham, Dennis Cooper, Janis Ian, Pam Tent, Jewelle Gomez, Michelangelo Signorile, George Chauncey, Camille Paglia, Scott Heim, Scott O'Hara, Shyam Selvadurai, Darry Yates Rist, Felice Picano, Scott McPherson, Ethan Mordden, Alison Bechdel, Kate Bornstein, Joan Jett Blakk, and many more.
Collectively these primary source interviews provide insights into an era that may have been only a few decades ago, but figuratively may have been a world away. It was a time said to be of combustable urgency when out of dire necessity everything changed, where the public message of the LGBT communuity at large became: "We're here,wWe're Queer--get used to it."
Chicago-based writer Owen Keehnen's work has been featured in hundreds of periodicals and anthologies worldwide. He is the co-author, with Tracy Baim, of Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow
and co-edited Nothing Personal: Chronicles of Chicago's LGBTQ Community 1977-1997
. He is also the author of the horror novel Doorway Unto Darkness
as well as the forthcoming gay novel The Sand Bar
. We're Here, We're Queer
is available on Amazon and in Chicago at Women & Children First
and Unabridged Books
tores.Source: Press Release