Drawing on sources ranging from newspaper
accounts to private archives, and incorporating more than
200 images, Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History
from the Purtians to Playland, is the most comprehensive
GLBT city history every written. The book delves into its
subject through an extraordinary variety of perspectives
and periods, subjects and sources, and explores the impact
of numerous historic events and trends, including Prohibition,
censorship, World War II, and urban development.
Compiled by The History Project and published
by Beacon Press, Improper Bostonians was published
in 1998 to wide critical acclaim. The book virtually sold
out its initial hardcover run of 10,000 copies, and was
published in a paperback edition by Quality Paperback Books.
Members of The History Project have presented a slide show
based on the book to thousands of spectators at venues across
"By turns informative, amusing, and heartbreaking,
this marvelously illustrated culmination documents 300 years
of gay and lesbian life in the U.S. city with the longest
- Library Journal
"This is more coffee-table book than encyclopedia,
and far more enjoyable for it. The history presented is
well balanced between men and women, and people of color....
[A] rare book in many ways, both entertaining and educational,
as it uncovers a welcome slice of this city's long-hidden,
but no less worthwhile, history."
- The Boston Globe