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1. The End of the Homosexual? by Dennis Altman

Dennis Altman connects what has happened within the changing queer world over the past forty years to larger social, political and cultural trends.

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2. The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World (2nd edition) by Alan Downs

Drawing on contemporary research, the author’s own struggle with shame and anger, and stories from his patients, this empowering book passionately describes the stages of a gay man’s journey out of shame.

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3. Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law

This is a fascinating and entertaining blend of travel narrative and reportage exploring GLBT life in seven Asian countries: Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar and India.

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4. Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace by Scott Thorson

This republished memoir by Liberace’s ex-lover is the basis for the new Steven Soderbergh HBO tele-film starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, and features a new afterword written by Scott Thorson.

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5. Vanished Years by Rupert Everett

Rupert Everett’s second volume of memoirs confirms his reputation as an extremely witty and candid chronicler of the heady and exclusive world he occupies amongst the film, theatre and society set.

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