Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples
by Rodger Streitmatter
Beacon Press. 224 pages, $26.95
CLICHÉS about who stands behind every “great man” aside, Rodger Streitmatter is convinced that behind many prominent gay and lesbian artists and writers was a same-sex partner who’s often given less credit than he or she deserves. In Outlaw Marriages, Streitmatter, a journalist and cultural historian at American University, asks us to enter the world of fifteen prominent Americans through the portal of their long-term same-sex relationships.