Cleaning Out The Closets

TITLE: CONDUCT UNBECOMING: GAYS & LESBIANS IN THE U.S. MILITARY

AUTHOR: RANDY SHILTS

PUBLISHER: ST. MARTIN'S PRESS; 784 PAGES; $27.95

TITLE: QUEER IN AMERICA: SEX, THE MEDIA, AND THE CLOSETS OF POWER

AUTHOR: MICHELANGELO SIGNORILE

PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; 378 PAGES; $23

THE BOTTOM LINE: Two new books about homosexuality are launched into the mainstream. The heavy one floats. The lighter one sinks.

When asked about his homosexuality, W.H. Auden replied that he was a poet first and a "queen" second. It was a modest response in a less touchy time. Auden was, in fact, a great poet, but for all the...

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