Young Man from the Provinces: A Gay Life before Stonewall

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An insider’s account of gay high society in pre-Stonewall New York City—now back in print!

Young, intelligent, and handsome, Alan Helms left a brutal midwestern childhood for New York City in 1955.

Denied a Rhodes scholarship because of his sexual orientation, he soon became an object of desire in a gay underground scene frequented by, among many others, Noel Coward, Leonard Bernstein, and Marlene Dietrich. In this unusually vivid and sensitive account, Helms describes the business of being a sex object and its psychological and physical toll.

Author: Alan Helms

Paperback Published 2003 224 pages

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