Edmund White
Forgetting Elena
The Joy of Gay Sex
Nocturnes for the King of Naples
States of Desire: Travels in Gay America
A Boy's Own Story
The Beautiful Room is Empty
The Darker Proof: Stories from a Crisis
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction
Genet: A Biography
The Burning Library
Our Paris: Sketches from Memory
Skinned Alive
The Farewell Symphony
Marcel Proust
The Married Man
Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS
The Flâneur
Fanny, A Fiction
Arts and Letters
My Lives: An Autobiography
Terra Haute
Hotel de Dream
Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel
City Boy
Sacred Monsters
Jack Holmes & His Friend
Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris
Our Young Man


The Joy of Gay Sex (1977)

The Joy of Gay Sex is by gays for gays. It is a complete guide to the erotic, emotional, and social fulfillment of a homosexual lifestyle. Generously and candidly illustrated, it covers the significant aspects of gay life and gay sex alphabetically from androgyny to wrestling.

The Joy of Gay Sex is not yet another book to explain homosexuality to straights. Its sole purpose is to enrich the lives of men whose sexual preference is for men by indicating how to get the most out of sex, by pointing out ways to banish negative emotions like guilt and by encouraging intelligent, creative relationships.

The authors are celebrating the joy that there is in one man loving another; they know well the pains and the problems of being gay in the straight world, but they also know from their own experience the way to fulfillment. The wisdom of this book derives from that understanding and the knowledge that millions of men would be happier if they could achieve the public and private self-realization achieved so far by so few.

The Joy of Gay Sex gives leads, advice, reassurance on doctors as well as on cruising, on guilt as well as hustlers, on friendship, trade, bars, threesomes, lubricants, relaxation, and consciousness raising. It deals at length with performance anxiety and the curing of sexual dysfunction, following adaptations of the Masters and Johnson's techniques. Perhaps most important of all, this book denies that gays have to follow the straight world's code of one-to-one relationships, even though we are all indoctrinated with such ideals from birth. What is proposed instead is a system of creative relationships reflecting emotional, social and sexual realities.





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