The Oldest Gay Couple in America
A Seventy-year Journey Through Same-sex AmericaBook - 1997
Writing with style and wit, Harwood chronicles his encounters with screen stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood-Mae West, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, and others. He details his partner's training and performances in the blossoming Manhattan world of modern dance in the mid-twentieth century, profiling many of the people who were to influence this field for decades to come.
This is a classic tale of love and loyalty in alifestyle frequently dismissed as focusing on physical rather than spiritual beauty. It is about two people who shared a lifetime commitment and who, despite turmoil and discrimination, weathered life's storms to emerge stronger and wiser. Before Bruhs was fully incapacitated by Alzheimer's Disease, he and Gean became the toast of the New York gay scene. Harwood chronicles their late emergence as spokespersons for older gays and as role models for the young.
Because of the acceptance, in many quarters, of gay life today, it is easy to forget how far the gay rights movement has come since the days when Gean and Bruhs traveled the "corridor of fear; " as Harwood puts it. This is the first book totrace the long, sometimes painful, and always absorbing route these two men were forced