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Faggots is a novel by Larry Kramer, published in 1978. It is a portrayal of 1970's New York's most visible gay community in a time before AIDS. The novel's portrayal of promiscuous sex and recreational drug use provoked controversy and the book was condemned by some elements of the gay community.
The main character, Fred Lemish, is loosely modeled on Kramer. Lemish wants to find a loving, long-term relationship. But his urges are frustrated and he becomes disillusioned with the 1970s "fast lane" lifestyle that dominates the gay subculture in and around New York, as he stumbles through an emotionally cold series of glory holes, bathhouses, BDSM encounters and group sex.
Lemish also expresses discomfort with the widespread use of multiple street and prescription drugs that helped to maintain the party atmosphere. Faggots details the use of over two dozen 1970s party drugs and intoxicants such as Seconal, poppers, LSD, Quaaludes, alcohol, marijuana, Valium, PCP, cocaine and heroin.
The book's influence has been strong over the years, though many have criticized Kramer for perceived negativity about his subject matter. The book was banned in the only Manhattan gay bookstore. Kramer was somewhat redeemed in the gay community after the AIDS crisis of the early 1980s when it was discovered that the drug use, multiple sex partners and other high-risk behavior portrayed in Faggots increased the risk of HIV.
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