Print Cultures

In American culture, parents generally do not teach their children how to live as a homosexual or transgendered person. Schools have not taught LGBT students how to find others like themselves. How, then, do people coming to terms with their sexual and gender identities learn about others like themselves? How do they discover where other LGBT people live and socialize? How do they gain insight into the unique history and culture of LGBT people? Since as early as the publication of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass in 1855, sexual minorities in America have relied on the printed word to answer the central questions of life, not the least of these being: Who am I?