LGBTQ* Quotes and Quips
Gore Vidal on sexuality and gender as binaries
*note, this quote predates most of the language/terms which have been formed over the last two decades
LGBTQ* (Canon) Novels You Should Know
The City and the Pillar — Gore Vidal
A literary cause célèbre when first published more than fifty years ago, Gore Vidal’s now-classic The City and the Pillar stands as a landmark novel of the gay experience.
Jim, a handsome, all-American athlete, has always been shy around girls. But when he and his best friend, Bob, partake in “awful kid stuff,” the experience forms Jim’s ideal of spiritual completion. Defying his parents’ expectations, Jim strikes out on his own, hoping to find Bob and rekindle their amorous friendship. Along the way he struggles with what he feels is his unique bond with Bob and with his persistent attraction to other men. Upon finally encountering Bob years later, the force of his hopes for a life together leads to a devastating climax. The first novel of its kind to appear on the American literary landscape, The City and the Pillarremains a forthright and uncompromising portrayal of sexual relationships between men. (from GoodReads.com)
(Picture from 1948)
To hear two American men congratulating each other on being heterosexual is one of the most chilling experiences - and unique to the United States. You don’t hear two Italians sitting around complimenting each other because they actually like to go to bed with women. The American is hysterical about his manhood.
**Your first G. Vidal fact…
His first novel The City and the Pillar, released in 1948, caused a stir in America because of it’s honest and open focus on homosexuality (without fear, regret or shame).
You may know him best for /working on the screenplay to Ben Hur, though he went uncredited….