Take the Young Stranger by the Hand: Same-Sex Relations and the YMCA (The Chicago Series on Sexuality, History, and Society) - Same-Sex Relations and the YMCA - John Donald Gustav-Wrathall (1998)
ISBN 9780226907840
Genre History, Herstory
Subject Young Men's Christian associations - Membership; Male friendship - History; Gay men - History
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date 10/1/1998
Format Hardcover (230 x 160 mm)
Language eng
Now associated with family health clubs, the YMCA's bland image is the result of relentless outreach and the studied avoidance of controversy. But, as John Gustav-Wrathall shows in his revealing social history of the organization, the life of the YMCA has been filled with strife, tragedy, and irony, a life that itself reflects the struggle over the shifting societal mores regarding masculine friendship and intimacy. Take the Young Stranger by the Hand presents the YMCA as an institution of profound contradictions, reflective of society's views of same-sex love and sexuality.

"Gustav-Wrathall's book offers an in-depth history of the origins and purposes of the Young Men's Christian Association and how it evolved into—and out of—a gay playland."—Arnie Kantrowitz, Lambda Book Report

"The book's absorbing exploration of the sometimes schismatic, sometimes synergistic relationship between spirituality and sexuality is a fascinating addition to the growing body of social history."—Jim Van Buskirk, San Francisco Bay Guardian
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LoC Classification BV1090.G88 1998
Dewey 267/.3973
Cover Price $23.00
No. of Pages 288