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Eric Marcus
Born November 12, 1958
New York, NY
Occupation non-fiction writer
Nationality American
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Eric Marcus is an American non-fiction writer. His works are primarily of LGBT interest, including Breaking the Surface, the biography 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 pessimism. 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.


  • What If Someone I Know Is Gay? Answers to Questions about What It Means to be Gay and Lesbian (Simon Pulse, September 2007)
  • Pessimisms: Famous (and not so famous) Observations, Quotations, Thoughts, and Ruminations on What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Worst (CDS Books, 2003)
  • Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian & Gay Equal Rights (HarperCollins, 2002)
  • Together Forever: Gay & Lesbian Couples Share Their Secrets for Lasting Happiness (Anchor, 1998, 1999)
  • Icebreaker: The Autobiography of U.S. Figure Skating Champion Rudy Galindo (Pocket Books, 1997)
  • Why Suicide? Answers to 200 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Suicide (HarperSanFrancisco, 1996)
  • Breaking the Surface (Random House, 1995; Plume, 1996)
  • Is It A Choice? Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay & Lesbian People (HarperSF, 1993,1999, 2005)
  • Expect the Worst (You Won't Be Disappointed) (HarperSF, 1992)
  • Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945 to 1990 (HarperCollins, 1992)
  • The Male Couple's Guide: Finding a Man, Making a Home, Building a Life (HarperCollins, 1988, 1992, 1999)

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