Cathy Crimmins calls herself a self-confessed fag-hag who believes that if the term "queer" could be redeemed and given dignity then the word "fag-hag" too is due for rehabilitation. In the preface of her book she lets us know that she was brought up in an environment set apart from the rest of America. She grew up in an area near New Hope, Pennsylvania where the closeted culture was dominant in terms of restaurants, florists, theaters etc and was appreciated by the straight community.
As a result she was exposed to the homosexual aesthetics at an early age and while homosexuality was not openly discussed while she was growing up but it was implied in her parents’ household.
Reading through the preface of How The Homosexuals Saved Civilization, one gets a fair idea that she is openly partial to the gay community and her book celebrates the contributions and influences that the gay culture made both past and present in shaping the mainstream American culture.
Cathy has divided the gay culture into three components—the Heart, the Body, and the Spirit. While her book seems to deviate into personal anecdotes about her gay friends, their views and her own impressions yet there are little seeds of wisdom that are well planted and germinate into ideas that make perfect sense in terms of the healthy interactions that are happening between the gay and straight worlds.
In the Heart section Cathy talks about terms like gay aesthetics, language, community, home, tastes and mannerisms. And these have tipped over into the straight world.
For example in the aesthetics section she talks about how gays have an eye for clothes; while it is clichéd example, yet it makes perfect sense, as my own brother-in-law who is a flamboyant dresser wears only designer clothes, and I consider his wardrobe to be gay in taste.