On February 28 at 7:30 p.m., Books and Books in Coral Gables will host an author event featuring local author Fred Fejes. He will discuss his book Gay Rights and Moral Panic: The Origins of America’s Debate on Homosexuality.
Gay Rights and Moral Panic tells how in 1977-1978 voters across the county went to the polls in a series of referenda to decide whether lesbians and gay men were citizens deserving equal protection under the law—or perverts and outcasts.
Featured at the 2008 Miami International Book Fair, Gay Rights and Moral Panic has received praise both from scholars and the popular press as being the definitive account of these anti-gay campaigns that both introduced the issue of gay rights into American politics and helped create a national lesbian and gay community.
Fred Fejes writes about South Florida lesbian and gay history. Since 1986, he has been a professor at Florida Atlantic University where he has taught courses dealing with LGBT history and media. He spent five years researching and writing this book, visiting archives and collections in cities across the U.S and Canada and interviewing individuals involved in the campaigns.
Books and Books is located at 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida.