With the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion recently behind us, HomoAmerican - The Secret Society remembers that time through the eyes of a witness who grew up in a world where we were invisible ...not merely the tale of a gay man growing up in America, but a firsthand, disturbing and yet often hilarious portrait of those turbulent and confusing times. In ghettos and in stereotypes there is an underlying thread of a war, not with society at large, but with ourselves. The cost of acceptance is always denial. We see the past being whitewashed and erased to conform to popular tastes. As a result of conspicuous rebellion, that of simply being and not living in disguise, HomoAmerican presents another society -- a Secret Society - of people who have grown up and survived, despite a world where lies of omission shaped our destiny and kept us apart. For those who, despite the dangers, lived defiantly and openly through those dark times, free of convention we wandered along dangerous paths in search our own; we confronted the confines of society and pursued the promise and myths of sexual liberation at our own peril. As an openly gay man in Iran, as witness to the lavish extravagances and social horror of apartheid South Africa, arrested for murder in Paris and for prostitution in New York, reinvented and reborn in silence the author recounts a very personal journey of that man, being pieced together, bit-by-bit, out of shadows.
"Exceptionally well written, impressively informative, notably thoughtful and thought-provoking, "HomoAmerican - The Secret Society" is a deftly crafted history that is both intensely personal and at the same time universal in scope and subject. While unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library LGBTQ collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject. "HomoAmerican - The Secret Society" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99)."