Sunday, March 28, 2010

Those Others now available

Those Others: Navigating the "Riddle of Homosexuality" in 1965 is now available for purchase.

To purchase the book from Amazon, click here.

I have a limited number of copies and you can purchase one directly from me, at a discount, and signed if you wish, on a first come basis.

If you don't live nearby, you can still get a signed copy, for the same low price plus shipping. Contact me, or click the "Buy Now" button to the left.

If you are a retailer or librarian, the book is available through most book distributors and the CreateSpace Expanded Distribution Channel.

Those Others takes place in the Spring of 1965, and since this is the 45th anniversary year for Bloody Sunday, the Selma to Montgomery March and the first gay rights picket in Washington DC, events which play a role in the book, I decided to release the title early so that people might have it to read as they commemorate the events.

Those Others is based in part on a series of newspaper articles from the Washington Post in 1965.

This article was on the front page of section E on Sunday, January 31, 1965.

Here are the articles that appeared over the five day period.

The book not only tells the story of how a young man's perception of himself might have been influenced by these articles, but with the inclusion of reprints of the articles reveals that with gay equality, in spite of the tremendous gains made over the last five decades, we still must fight the same battles and misconceptions that were were present in 1965.

Michael also learns about equality from Civil Rights leaders as he becomes a part of that movement. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bayard Rustin and Viola Liuzzo provide insights that help him develop a different view of himself.

The articles from the Washington Post, hidden among the archives of the paper for decades, and King's speech at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March, are included as part of the book.


  1. I wonder if Joe Openshaw's "Riddle of Homosexuality" subtitle was inspired by Karl Ulrichs? Nearly a century ago, the German medical doctor Magnus Hirschfeld wrote about "Die gleichgeschlechtliche Liebe" (Same-sex love) and "Das Rätsel der Homosexualität" (The Riddle of Homosexuality) and used the riddle metaphor as had a book that also used the motto "I break the chain" by Karl Heinrich Ulrichs a.k.a. Numa Numantius (pseud.), "Forschungen über das Räthsel der Mannmännlichen liebe Volume 1 (Research on the Riddle of Man-Manly Love)," 1864, Original from Harvard University Law Library scanned by Google Books.

  2. When you read the book, and the articles associated with it, you will see the "riddle of homosexuality" is a quote from one of the articles. Now, where the writer of the article got the phrase, I don't know.