Odd Men Out

Male Homosexuality in Britain from Wolfenden to Gay Liberation: Revised and updated edition

By John-Pierre Joyce

Odd Men Out

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6244-1
  • Pages: 368
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £13.99
  • Published Date: June 2022
  • BIC Category: History, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Humanities / Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Gay Studies (Gay Men), Modern History


Odd men out examines the transformation of homosexual men from 'odd' to 'normal' during the tumultuous decades of the 1950s and 1960s. Using new and original research, John-Pierre Joyce explores contemporary attitudes to gay men and the development of a 'gay' identity. He considers the extent and limits of homosexual repression and liberation, and analyses the dilemmas posed by the emergence of a homosexual 'minority'. Through first-hand interviews and oral histories, Odd men out gives voice to a generation of gay men and sheds new light on a much-neglected aspect of British history.


Note on Language
1. Huntleys
2. The Doctrine of Saint Wolfenden
3. The Germ Inside
4. A Huge Homosexual Kingdom
5. Do I Look Like A Bloody Pansy?
6. A Wind Of Change
7. It's Legal Now


John-Pierre Joyce is a writer, journalist and teacher. He has written for national, local and specialist newspapers and magazines, and he has advised on film and television projects.

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