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Steven Gaines on "One of These Things First"

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Conversion therapy, Broadway dreams, suicidal thoughts, and a stint in a fashionable psychiatric clinic all play a part in author and journalist Steven Gaines’ new memoir, One of These Things First. Gaines opens his story as a 15-year-old boy in 1960s Brooklyn spending time in his grandparents’ bra and girdle store. After a failed suicide attempt, he meets a young psychiatrist who promises to cure Gaines of his homosexuality. At the hospital, he also encounters a Broadway producer, the husband of superstar Mary Martin, who opens a new world for him, an editor who claims she was President John F. Kennedy’s lover, and other eccentrics.

Steven Gaines is the author of Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons, The Sky’s the Limit: Passion and Property in Manhattan, The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of the Beatles, and Simply Halston, among other books. His journalism has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Observer, the New York Times and New York magazine, where he was a contributing editor for 12 years. 

Program made possible, in part, by Marilyn Dobbs Higuera, in memory of Stephen Dobbs.

Co-presented by Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life.