1263 Lincoln Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901, United States
Sears graduated from Southern Illinois University, where he earned a bachelor's degree.
107 S Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405, United States
Sears earned a master's degree in secondary education and a PhD from Indiana University.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, United States
Sears earned a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
(This groundbreaking new book weaves personal portraits of...)
This groundbreaking new book weaves personal portraits of lesbian and gay Southerners with interdisciplinary commentary about the impact of culture, race, and gender on the development of sexual identity. Growing Up Gay in the South is an important book that focuses on the distinct features of Southern life. It will enrich your understanding of the unique pressures faced by gay men and lesbians in this region - the pervasiveness of fundamental religious beliefs; the acceptance of racial, gender, and class community boundaries; the importance of family name and family honor; the unbending view of appropriate childhood behaviors; and the intensity of adolescent culture.
(This is the story of Southern gays and lesbians in the tw...)
This is the story of Southern gays and lesbians in the twenty-year span between the end of World War II and the Stonewall Riot that sparked widespread gay rights consciousness. Across the United States, this was an era of courting and cocktail parties, Johnny Mathis and Jack Kerouac, with a Southern culture aptly depicted by Tennessee Williams-genteel attitudes and behavior covering, in a thin veneer, baser passions just barely contained. But this veneer was developing cracks that would soon divide society in hotly contested battles over race, sexuality, and gender. In Lonely Hunters, James Sears, noted gay writer, academic, and media commentator, has compiled the real stories of gay men and lesbians who were raised in the social hierarchy of the South and who recall their coming of age when the status quo of American society as a whole was on the cusp of great upheaval. Most notable, of course, was the battle being waged for the civil rights of blacks, but another, less visible battle was also taking place-that of cultivating gay identities, peer groups, and a subculture no longer hidden by Southern convention.
(While Scarlett O'Hara may resemble a drag queen, and Mard...)
While Scarlett O'Hara may resemble a drag queen, and Mardi Gras inspires more camp than a gay pride parade, the American South also boasts a rich, authentic and transgressive gay and lesbian history. In this chatty, free-ranging cultural survey, Sears (Growing Up Gay in the South) presents a vivid kaleidoscope of the mores and political activities of many gay Southerners following the 1969 Stonewall riots and leading up to the 1979 march on Washington. Sears unspools this history through portraits of activists and community organizers including Merril Mushroom, Jack Nichols, Lige Clark, Vicki Gabriner, Minnie Bruce Pratt and Sgt. Leonard Matlovitch who helped shape the social and political climate below the Mason Dixon line and often in the rest of the country.
(In Edwin and John: A Personal History of the American Sou...)
In Edwin and John: A Personal History of the American South, award-winning author James T. Sears interweaves diaries, letters, and poems to craft an innovative first-person narrative history that details the hard realities of growing up gay in the South during the early decades of the 20th century.
Seares graduated from Southern Illinois University, where he earned a bachelor's degree. He earned a master's degree in secondary education from Indiana University, followed by another master's degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.
Sears began his career as an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in 1984, and he became an associate professor in 1989. He was a visiting professor at Trinity University, the University of Southern California, and Harvard University.
Sears is an author of many works on sexuality, identity, and sex education, and the history of homosexuality and the gay rights movement in the United States.
(This groundbreaking new book weaves personal portraits of...)1991
(While Scarlett O'Hara may resemble a drag queen, and Mard...)2001
(This is the story of Southern gays and lesbians in the tw...)1997
(In Edwin and John: A Personal History of the American Sou...)2009
Sears was a chairperson of Lesbian and Gay Studies Special Interest Group in 1988-1992. He was also a president of the National Curriculum Teachers Network in 1987-1988.
Sears is openly gay, he lives with his partner Bob Williamson.