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  • Introduction (1999)

    A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home (1999)

    Sexuality and the State: The Defeat of the Briggs Initiative and Beyond

    An Interview with Amber Hollibaugh

    Socialist Review, May/June 1979

    What We’re Rollin’ Around in Bed With: Sexual Silences in Feminism—a conversation toward ending them

    Amber Hollibaugh and Cherrie Moraga Heresies Magazine, 1979/1980

    Desire for the Future: Radical Hope in Passion and Danger
    from Pleasure and Danger, edited by Carole Vance (Routledge Press, 1993)

    The Right to Rebel
    Gay Left Journal #9 (1979)

    Talking Sex: A Conversation on Sexuality and Feminism
    With Deirdre English, Amber Hollibaugh, and Gayle Rubin
    Socialist Review, 1978

    Opposite Sex: Lesbians and Gay Men Talk About Each Others’ Sexuality
    An Interview with Amber Hollibaugh, Jewelle Gomez, and Gayle Rubin
    (Sara Miles and Eric Rofes, ed., 1998)

    Femme Fables Columns
    New York Native, 1983/1984

    The Gap She Fostered

    A Barren Expanse of Loneliness

    Intimate Signs of War

    Sympathy of the Blood
    The Village Voice, June 1984

    Strategies for Freedom
    The Nation, May 1993

    Sex Work Notes: Some Tensions of a Former Whore and a Practicing Feminist (1999)

    Lesbianism is not a Condom
    LAP Notes, 1992

    Transmission, Transmission, Where’s the Transmission?
    Sojourner Newspaper, June 1994

    Lesbian Denial and Lesbian Leadership in the AIDS Epidemic: Bravery and Fear in the Construction of a Lesbian Geography of Risk
    from Feminist Empowerment in the Age of AIDS, Nancy Stoller and Beth Schneider, editors (Temple University Press, 1996)

    Sexuality, Labor, and the New Trade Unionism: A Conversation with Amber Hollibaugh and Nikhil Pal Singh
    Out at Work (1999

    A Grande Dame: The Femme Interview
    An Interview with Amber Hollibaugh
    Fem(me) Anthology (1999)

    My Dangerous Desires: Falling in Love with Stone Butches, Passing Women, and Girls (Who are Guys) Who Catch My Eye (1999)

  • Dorothy Allison

  • Finalist, Lambda Literary Book Award in Lesbian Biography/Autobiography

    Finalist, Lambda Literary Book Award in Lesbian Studies

    Winner, Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction


  • Finalist, Lambda Literary Book Award in Lesbian Biography/Autobiography

    Finalist, Lambda Literary Book Award in Lesbian Studies

    Winner, Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

  • “Amber Hollibaugh is a brilliant activist intellectual from trailer park America.Her particular queer working-class life has taught her the skills, risks and pleasures of radically changing society-and social movements—from their despised edges. We’re lucky she hasn’t kept this dangerous knowledge a secret. For years her written and spoken words have made history. Now we have them all in a book that belongs in the toolbox of every working person. Pick it up and put it to work.”—Allan Bérubé — N/A

    “At a time when the once-fire of the gay and lesbian movement is being extinguished by the seduction of middle class acceptability, Amber Hollibaugh raises her voice in an equally-seductive cry of queer resistance. My Dangerous Desires is a history book of one of our most faithful freedom fighters, told in the story of her own sexual-spiritual survival. Informed as much by the Civil Rights Movement as the Stonewall Rebellion, Amber Hollibaugh’s politic is one first forged in the bedrooms, the bar rooms and the back rooms of the working poor. A generation later, they are not forgotten; this book remains a living testimony for those unknown and untold by the gay and lesbian movement. Gracias, Amber.”—Cherrie Moraga, author of Loving in the War Years — N/A

    “I welcome you to my friend’s essays, to the unique sharp-eyed glance of a woman who had to fight to be able to say, ‘I want.’ In Amber’s life, desire has been made sacred. Whether she is writing about the female body, the femme psyche, or the fearful need to admit desire itself, Amber has vindicated all our lives.”—Dorothy Allison, from the Foreword — N/A

    “So for many years I led a double life: working as a Left political organizer, filmmaker, and writer during the day while supporting myself as a Vegas stripper and, as a young woman, earning a living through prostitution. As a dyke in the Left before Stonewall and a high femme lesbian during the growth of lesbian feminism, my erotic yearnings were often in direct opposition to the very political movements I was committed to creating.”—Amber Hollibaugh — N/A

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  • Description

    Amber L. Hollibaugh is a lesbian sex radical, ex-hooker, incest survivor, gypsy child, poor-white-trash, high femme dyke. She is also an award-winning filmmaker, feminist, Left political organizer, public speaker, and journalist. My Dangerous Desires presents over twenty years of Hollibaugh’s writing, an introduction written especially for this book, and five new essays including “A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home,” “My Dangerous Desires,” and “Sexuality, Labor, and the New Trade Unionism.”
    In looking at themes such as the relationship between activism and desire or how sexuality can be intimately tied to one’s class identity, Hollibaugh fiercely and fearlessly analyzes her own political development as a response to her unique personal history. She explores the concept of labeling and the associated issues of categories such as butch or femme, transgender, bisexual, top or bottom, drag queen, b-girl, or drag king. The volume includes conversations with other writers, such as Deirdre English, Gayle Rubin, Jewelle Gomez, and Cherríe Moraga. From the groundbreaking article “What We’re Rollin’ Around in Bed With” to the radical “Sex Work Notes: Some Tensions of a Former Whore and a Practicing Feminist,” Hollibaugh charges ahead to describe her reality, never flinching from the truth. Dorothy Allison’s moving foreword pays tribute to a life lived in struggle by a working-class lesbian who, like herself, refuses to suppress her dangerous desires.
    Having informed many of the debates that have become central to gay and lesbian activism, Hollibaugh’s work challenges her readers to speak, write, and record their desires—especially, perhaps, the most dangerous of them—“in order for us all to survive.”

    About The Author(s)

    Amber Hollibaugh has been a political activist for over thirty years. The documentary film she coproduced and directed, The Heart of the Matter, won the Freedom of Expression award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. Among her health education work, she founded and directed the Lesbian AIDS Project at Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York, for which she won the Dr. Susan M. Love Award for Achievement in Women’s Health. She has written for, among others, The Nation, Socialist Review, NY Native, and the Village Voice. My Dangerous Desires is her first book.

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