Being gay in America is so much different than being gay in Antarctica. Recently there was a Groupon for a penguin-saving expedition to the South Pole and we thought $327 would get us a luxury experience on the frosty continent, as well as an intimate few days with some sexy, rugged scientists.
Well, it’s so freezing cold there, the other guys’ clothes rarely come off (even in the shower). There are no martini lounges. And our rainbow-flag-colored parka made us a high-profile target for a particularly vicious, surprisingly strong seal with a bad case of rabies.
So, yes. Even though we still have a long way to go for equality, being queer in the U.S.A. is pretty darn great. The new book, Gay in America (out today), is a gorgeous photographic record of what it really means to be a gay man in these United States. Shattering stereotypes (we’ve got more than our share, thank you), the stories and portraits are deeply moving and strikingly honest.
From young hotties to seasoned seniors of every race, size and persuasion within the gay demographic, the book is like one giant, multi-page United Colors of Benetton ad.
The book took photographer Scott Pasfield on a 54,000 mile journey through all 50 states over the course of three years to document the lives of 140 gay men. (We did the same thing a few years ago with 90 gay men, a backyard pool and a Polaroid camera, but somehow we didn’t capture the sophisticated nature of our event.)
Gay in America is, simply put, a must-buy for every gay man in the country. It’s a symbol of pride, a great coffee-table conversation starter, and just an exquisite representation of how diverse and flat-out fabulous we are as a community.
Even if that community spans 3.79 million square miles.
Win a copy from Gay List Daily! Simply fill out the Contact Us form (along with your phone number), Subject Line: “Gay in America” and one lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive the book with our compliments. Enter by 11:59 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, September 27, 2011.