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Jonathan Ned Katz
(1938 - living) U.S.A.

Jonathan Ned Katz

Historian

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Love StoriesKatz was born and grew up in New York, and worked initially as a textile designer, while writing radio documentaries during the 1960s. With the advent of gay liberation, in 1970 he became involved in Gay Activist Alliance, and in 1973 he was one of the founding members of the Gay Academic Union. In 1972 he presented Coming Out!, hailed as the first successful, overtly gay political play in the US.

Scholar and activist, concerned, as he told The Advocate in 1976, that young people with homosexual desires "would think that they were the first gay people on earth", he published Gay American History, a documentary history covering three hundred years of same-sex behaviour and "identity" in the US. He also wrote the Gay/Lesbian Almanac (1983), The Invention of Heterosexuality (1995), and Love Stories, Sex between Men before Homosexuality (2001).

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Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001

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