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Pink Triangles and Rainbow Dreams: Essays about being gay in the real world
by John Arthur Maddux, Ed.D.
ISBN: 978-1-932482-47-8

This book is intended for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and non-gay readers. It is divided into three sections:  “On Being Gay,” “On Being Politically Correct,” and “On Being Gay in the Real World.” 

Section I, “On Being Gay,” focuses almost exclusively on what it means to be gay, the kinds of discrimination gays and lesbians face in their daily routines and lives, and how to face those issues of inequality, discrimination, and bigotry.  Section II, “On Being Politically Correct” is directed toward contemporary issues within the gay community and presents a number of controversial topics that are hotly debated among gays and lesbians.  Section III, “On Being Gay in the Real World,” focuses on issues that affect gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals as they try to live effectually in the prevailing majority community. This section includes several essays that are not necessarily gay-specific, but can apply to people of every orientation. Section III emphasizes that all people, regardless of orientation, race, religion, gender, nationality, or ethnic background share the same hopes, fears, dreams, and desires.

 John Arthur Maddux writes in the introduction of his book:  Read this book with an open mind. You never know what you might learn, or re-learn from a new perspective. Learning is essential to growth and if it ceases to be so, our hope for social, environmental, and political change will be thwarted, and we may find ourselves no better off than our primordial ancestors who lived in intellectual darkness and superstition.

This book is available in print under the ISBN 1-932482-46-6.

Boson Books also offers The Classic Star Trek Trivia Book by Dr. Maddux.

About the Author

Dr. Maddux teaches composition at the University of Cincinnati.  He has published two volumes of poetry, numerous poems in quarterlies and journals, a Star Trek trivia book, a collection of essays, and several articles for scholarly publication. 

 He has been involved with political activism since the 1960s, with his attention specifically focused on the gay/lesbian liberation movement.  He has served in many organizations involved in gay/lesbian rights including the Greater Cincinnati Gay/Lesbian Coalition and the Gay/Lesbian Alliance of Ohio.

Currently, Dr. Maddux is happily single and lives in the western part of Cincinnati.