Book Published in 1951 First to Expose Gay Life in America

Donald Webster Cory/Edward Sagarin: 1913-1986.

If circumstances were different, we would be celebrating the centenary of one of the greatest pioneers of the early gay rights movement. Perhaps more than anyone else, this is the man who inspired countless other gay men and women to join a homophile movement that was still in its infancy.

Writing under the pseudonym Donald Webster Cory in 1951, he published The Homosexual In America: A Subjective Approach, which would become one of the most influential books in the early history of the gay rights movement. The book was the first major publication to provide an exhaustive overview of a kind of gay life which was largely underground and out of sight of ordinary Americans. He discussed gay bars, drag queens, relationships, and marriages