Perry Brass

Acclaimed writer, activist, and gender pioneer

Born in Savannah, Georgia, and currently living in New York City, groundbreaking author Perry Brass has published 19 books, including poetry, novels, short fiction, science fiction, plays, and bestselling advice books (How to Survive Your Own Gay Life, The Manly Art of Seduction, The Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love). He has been a finalist six times for Lambda Literary Awards, has won five IPPY Awards from the Independent Publishers Group, and was a finalist for a prestigious Ferro-Grumley Fiction Award from New York’s Ferro-Grumley Foundation. Active in the movement toward lgbt rights since 1969, Brass’s work deals with issues of sexual freedom, spirituality and personal politics coming out of his involvement with the Gay Liberation Front directly after the Stonewall Rebellion. He has written about and anticipated in his work much of the progressive change we see today throughout the world—around gay marriage, economic justice, gender equality, reproductive freedom, men’s health issues, and transgender rights. In 1972, with two friends he started the Gay Men’s Health Project Clinic, the first clinic specifically for gay men on the East Coast in America. It actively advocated for the use of condoms a decade before the AIDS crisis. This clinic still operates as the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. For more information: