Life Outside - Michelangelo Signorile

A Book Review

Life Outside 

Michelangelo Signorile

The book, Life Outside written by Michelangelo Signorile, is now a history book.  Things have changed since this book has been written.  

Written in the late 90‘s. Documenting, what life for the gay male in North America, was really like during the 70’s and 80’s, post AIDS, up until the cocktail which again re-shaped gay culture in the late 90’s, with a false sense that the cocktail was a cure and the AIDS crisis was now over.  A fallacy.

An in depth look into gay culture during those trying times.  The escapism, why every major city in the United States, were and still are having huge parties, and wild orgies with thousands of gay men, high on recreational drugs. (Crystal Meth, Cocaine, Ecstasy, etc.)  The white parties of Palm Springs, Miami, LA, San Francisco, Fire Island, Provincetown, even here in Vancouver.
The belief in the Image, and the strive for that ideal body using steriods at the gym.  Muscles, short haircuts, no body hair, clones. 
The increase in casual sex with or without a condom.
Leaving the gay ghettos for suburban life.

It might make you sit back and reflect.
Has much changed, since?
Well written, and in depth reporting. A good read, even though a little out dated, but relevant for today. 

Dog Brindle.

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