One Gay American by Dennis Milam Bensie

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One Gay American tells the rest of his story and draws parallels to gay history, decade by decade, with newspaper headlines and quotations. Bensie is the gay neighbor that you either love or hate. Either way, he has a lot to say and says it with no apologies.
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Dennis Milam Bensie is One Gay American. Born in the 1960s and raised with traditional values in Robinson, Illinois, Bensie desperately wanted romance, a beautiful wedding, and a baby to carry on the family name. He denied his sexuality and married a woman at nineteen years old,  but fantasized of weddings where he could be the bride. The newlyweds “adopted” a Cabbage Patch Doll and ironically witnessed a Cabbage Patch Doll wedding (a successful fundraiser staged by a local women’s club) where the dolls were granted the type of grand ceremony off-limits to gay couples. In search of his identity as a gay man, Bensie divorced his wife and stumbled through missteps and lessons that still sting his generation: defending against bullies, “disappointing” his parents, and looking for love in gay bars, bath houses and restrooms. He helped his straight friends plan their dream weddings and mourned his gay friends dying of AIDS. Although true love has not yet come his way, Bensie has learned to love himself. Bensie is the author of the much-lauded memoir, Shorn: Toys to Men, which recounts his battle with paraphilia. One Gay American tells the rest of his story and draws parallels to gay history, decade by decade, with newspaper headlines and quotations. Bensie is the gay neighbor that you either love or hate. Either way, he’s got a lot to say and says it with no apologies.
 

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Dennis Milam Bensie's poem "Eight Ball" was published in Greater National Society of Poets, Inc. in 1980 when he was a freshman in high school. It was featured thirty years later in his first book, Shorn: Toys to Men. His short stories have been featured in The Rain, Party and Disaster Society, Talking Soup, Chelsea Station, Short Fiction Break, The Ink and Code, Everyday Fiction, The Fem, Bare Back Magazine, The Round Up, Specter Magazine, Fuck Fiction, Cease Cows, and This Zine Will Change Your Life. His essays have appeared in the Huffington Post, Boys on the Brink, and the Good Men Project. Bensie's second book with Coffeetown Press, One Gay American, was a finalist in both the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the Indie Excellence Book Awards. The author has been a presenter at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans and at Montana's very first gay pride festival. Dennis lives in Seattle with his three dogs. For more information, go to dennismilambensie.com.
 
Published August 26, 2012 by Coffeetown Press. 248 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by VS Grenier on Aug 28 2013

One Gay American tells the rest of his story and draws parallels to gay history, decade by decade, with newspaper headlines and quotations. Bensie is the gay neighbor that you either love or hate. Either way, he has a lot to say and says it with no apologies.

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