Merle MillerMerle Dale Miller (May 17, 1919 – June 10, 1986) was an American writer, novelist, and author who is perhaps best remembered for his best-selling biography of Harry S. Truman, and as a pioneer in the gay rights movement.
Miller came out of the closet in an article in the ''New York Times Magazine'' on January 17, 1971, titled "What It Means to Be a Homosexual". The response of over 2,000 letters to the article (more than ever received by that newspaper) led to a book publication later that year. The book was reprinted by Penguin Classics in 2012, with a new foreword by Dan Savage and a new afterword by Charles Kaiser. Provided by Wikipedia