Immoral, Indecent, and Scurrilous
Format: Trade Paperback w/ Flaps
Size: 6" x 9"
BIO031000 Biography & Autobiography / LGBT
BIO025000 Biography & Autobiography / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
BIO032000 Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
Publication Date: April 15, 2022
“At least by reputation, I am a sex radical: gay activist dating back to the Cretaceous, defender of pedophiles, defender of (and participant in) sex work, sometime porn actor and maker, shameless voyeur (no window is safe if my binoculars are at hand), perpetual sour-puss on the subject of gay marriage. I came of age in the 1960s and ’70s, an era when most of those character traits and activities would have been seen as illegal at worst and shameless at best. Some still are. Others — gay marriage, for example — have switched sides, transitioning from what many people thought of as an unthinkable and illegal travesty to a ritual celebrated in a growing number of jurisdictions, Canada included.”
When 18-year-old Gerald Hannon left his small mining community in Marathon, Ontario to attend the University of Toronto, he never would have predicted he’d become part of LGBTQ+ history. Almost sixty years later, he reflects on the major moments in his career as a journalist and LGBTQ+ activist. From the charges of transmitting immoral, indecent, and scurrilous literature laid against him and his colleagues at The Body Politic to his dismissal from his teaching post at Ryerson University for being a sex worker, this memoir candidly chronicles Hannon’s life as an unrepentant sex radical.
“A genuinely fascinating and important book.”
— Michael Coren, author of Reclaiming Faith: Inclusion, Grace, and Tolerance
“This is one of the best-written accounts of being ‘queer’ that I’ve read in years, and it’s a crucial addition to Canadian LGBTQ+ history.”
— Stan Persky, author of Buddy's: Meditations on Desire