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Eric Marcus (born November 12, 1958)

Eric Marcus is an American non-fiction writer.

His works are primarily of LGBT interest, including Breaking the Surface, the autobiography of gay Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, which became a #1 New York Times Bestseller and Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990, which won the Stonewall Book Award. Other topics he's addressed in his writing include suicide and pessimistic humor.

Eric Marcus received his A.B. from Vassar College in 1980 where he majored in Urban Studies. He earned his Masters degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1984 and a Master's degree in real estate development in 2003, also from Columbia University.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Marcus

Further Readings:

Male Couple's Guide: Finding a Man, Making a Home, Building a Life by Eric Marcus
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 3 edition (May 5, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006095275X
ASIN: B005IUY36E
Amazon: Male Couple's Guide: Finding a Man, Making a Home, Building a Life

Finding the right man is just the beginning. Figuring out how to build a happy, rewarding, and tong-lasting relationship is the next challenge. With the help you'll find in the pages of The Male Couple's Guide--a warm, commonsense companion based on interviews with gay men across the country, their families, and relationship experts, as well as the author's own experience'you'll get the answers to everything you need to know.

Breaking the Surface by Eric Marcus & Greg Louganis
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks (March 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402206666
ISBN-13: 978-1402206665
Amazon: Breaking the Surface

This is a new edition of Greg Louganis's 1995 #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography and Literary Guild Selection. It is the unflinchingly honest first-person account of a man breaking free of a lifetime of silence and isolation.

Born to a young Samoan father and Northern European mother, and adopted at nine months, Greg began diving at age nine, and at sixteen won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. But despite his astonishing athletic skill, Greg struggled with late-detected dyslexia, prejudice toward his dark skin coloring and anguish over his homosexuality, which he felt compelled to hide. Being in the spotlight intensified his difficulties with relationships and substance abuse.

However, Louganis went on to win double gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. His triumph at the 1988 Olympics came several months after he tested positive for HIV. This is the haunting, searingly candid story of the world's greatest diver. This new edition includes a new foreword.

Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights by Eric Marcus
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (May 28, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060933917
ASIN: B0057DCXX2
Amazon: Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights

From the Boy Scouts and the U.S. military to marriage and adoption, the gay civil rights movement has exploded on the national stage.Eric Marcus takes us back in time to the earliest days of that struggle in a newly revised and thoroughly updated edition of Making History, originally published in 1992.Using the heart-felt stories of more than 60 people, he carries us through the compelling five-decade battle that has changed the fabric of American society.

The rich tapestry that emerges from Making Gay History includes the inspiring voices of teenagers and grandparents, journalists and housewives, from the little known Dr. Evelyn Hooker and Morty Manford to former Vice President Al Gore, Ellen DeGeneres, and Abigail Van Buren. Together, these many stories bear witness to a time of astonishing change as gay and lesbian people have struggled against prejudice and fought for equal rights under the law.