Erotic City: Sexual Revolutions and the Making of Modern San Francisco
October 19th 2009
ISBN0195377818 (ISBN13: 9780195377811)
Since the 1960s, San Francisco has been America's capital of sexual libertinism and a potent symbol in its culture wars. In this highly original book, Josh Sides explains how this happened, unearthing long-forgotten stories of the city's sexual revolutionaries, as well as the legions of longtime San Franciscans who tried to protect their vision of a moral metropolis. Erotic dancers, prostitutes, birth control advocates, pornographers, free lovers, and gay libbers transformed San Francisco's political landscape and its neighborhoods in ways seldom appreciated. But as sex radicals became more visible in the public spaces of the city, many San Franciscans reacted violently.
Gay and Lesbian San Francisco
September 20th 2006
ISBN0738531383 (ISBN13: 9780738531380)
In recent years, San Francisco has been synonymous with gay and lesbian pride, and the various achievements of the gay and lesbian community are personified in the city by the bay. The tumultuous and ongoing struggles for this community's civil rights from the 1950s to the present are well documented, but queer culture itself goes back much further than that, in fact all the way back to the California gold rush.
The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South
September 16th 2014
ISBN1937420809 (ISBN13: 9781937420802)
In The Queer South, Douglas Ray has assembled over 60 queer-identified voices exploring their experiences of the American South in nonfiction and poetry. From hilarious to heartbreaking, anxious to angry, religious to reluctant, contemplative to celebratory, this anthology expands our ideas of what it means to be queer and what it means to represent the land south of the Mason-Dixon.
Washington D.C. Gay Pride
March 9, 2009
Carryin' on in the Lesbian and Gay South
August 1st 1997
ISBN0814735606 (ISBN13: 9780814735602)
To date, lesbian and gay history has focused largely on the East and West coasts and on urban settings such as New York and San Francisco. The American South, on the other hand, identified as it is with religion, traditional gender roles, and cultural conservatism, has escaped attention. Southerners wrestle with their past, lesbians and gays wrestle for visibility, historians wrestle over the South - yet rarely have the three crossed paths. John Howard's ground-breaking anthology casts its net broadly, examining lesbian and gay experiences in Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charleston, Memphis, and Louisville. Rigorous in its approach, the book does not shy away from thorny, self-critical questions.
Coming Out, Moving Forward: Wisconsin’s Recent Gay History
September 22nd 2020
ISBN0870209272 (ISBN13: 9780870209277)
Coming Out, Moving Forward, the second volume in R. Richard Wagner’s groundbreaking work on gay history in Wisconsin, outlines the challenges that LGBT Wisconsinites faced in their efforts to right past oppressions and secure equality in the post-Stonewall period between 1969 and 2000. During this era, Wisconsin made history as the first state to enact a gay rights law prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. It also became the first state to elect three openly gay/lesbian persons to Congress.
The Making of a Gay Asian Community: An Oral History of Pre-AIDS Los Angeles
December 29th 2001
ISBN0742511103 (ISBN13: 9780742511101)
In this unique oral history, gay Asian Americans talk frankly about their struggle for self-determination and independence. For the first time, in their own words, pioneers in the Los Angeles movement discuss the gay scene in Southern California and the development of a distinctly Asian American identity. Despite its size, until recently the gay Asian American community in Los Angeles was fragmented and marginalized. Gay Asian men separated into their own ethnic cliques and preferred whites as sexual partners. Eric C. Wat convincingly demonstrates that these patterns are legacies of both a racialized hierarchy of desire and racial exclusion from the mainstream gay community.
Lesbian and Gay Richmond
July 7th 2008
ISBN0738553689 (ISBN13: 9780738553689)
The history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Richmond, Virginia, invokes a rich but uncelebrated past. From the first recorded sodomy prosecution in America in 1624 to the fight to repeal the "crimes against nature" laws, LGBTs have left their imprint on almost 400 years of history in the Old Dominion's capital. Lesbian and Gay Richmond presents a photographic showcase of the events, people, and places that have been a part of this history. There are snapshots from the 1920s and 1930s when avant-garde and gay authors caroused and shared ideas in private homes.
Harvard's Secret Court: The Savage 1920 Purge of Campus Homosexuals
October 31st 2006
ISBN0312322720 (ISBN13: 9780312322724)
In 2002, a researcher for The Harvard Crimson came across a restricted archive labeled "Secret Court Files, 1920." The mystery he uncovered involved a tragic scandal in which Harvard University secretly put a dozen students on trial for homosexuality and then systematically and persistently tried to ruin their lives. In May of 1920,Cyril Wilcox, a freshman suspended from Harvard, was found sprawled dead on his bed, his room filled with gas--a suicide. The note he left behind revealed his secret life as part of a circle of (cut "young") homosexual students. The resulting witch hunt and the lives it cost remains one of the most shameful episodes in the history of America's premiere university. Supported by legendary Harvard President Lawrence Lowell, Harvard conducted its investigation in secrecy.
Same-Sex Affairs: Constructing and Controlling Homosexuality in the Pacific Northwest
August 14th 2003
ISBN0520240480 (ISBN13: 9780520240483)
At the turn of the twentieth century, two distinct, yet at times overlapping, male same-sex sexual subcultures had emerged in the Pacific Northwest: one among the men and boys who toiled in the region's logging, fishing, mining, farming, and railroad-building industries; the other among the young urban white-collar workers of the emerging corporate order. Boag draws on police logs, court records, and newspaper accounts to create a vivid picture of the lives of these men and youths--their sexual practices, cultural networks, cross-class relations, variations in rural and urban experiences, and ethnic and racial influences.
Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History
November 12th 2018
ISBN1469641097 (ISBN13: 9781469641096)
Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, this book powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities--all linked by a place where such identities have generally placed them on the margins of society. Using methods of oral history and performance ethnography, E. Patrick Johnson's work vividly enriches the historical record of racialized sexual minorities in the South and brings to light the realities of the region's thriving black lesbian communities.
Changing Times: Almanac and Digest of Kansas City's Gay and Lesbian History
October 1st 2011
ISBN0970430841 (ISBN13: 9780970430847)
The 'gay liberation' movement launched in Kansas City in February 1966, when the National Planning Conference of Homophile Organizations (NPCHO) was established to form a national coalition of gay and lesbian leaders. This first- ever, truly national coalition of 'LGBT' (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) leaders decided to meet at the State Hotel (northeast corner of 12th & Wyandotte; since demolished) in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. In 2011, we recognize the 45th anniversary of this historic local event with national impact with the introduction of this almanac and digest to begin chronicling Kansas City's LGBT past.
The Laramie Project
September 11th 2001
ISBN0375727191 (ISBN13: 9780375727191)
For a year and a half following the murder of Matthew Shepard, Moisés Kaufman and his Tectonic Theater Project– whose previous play, Gross Indecency, was hailed as a work of unsurpassed originality–conducted hundreds of interviews with the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming, to create this portrait of a town struggling with a horrific event. The savage killing of Shepard, a young gay man, has become a national symbol of the struggle against intolerance. But for the people of Laramie–both the friends of Matthew and those who hated him without knowing him–the tragedy was personal. In a chorus of voices that brings to mind Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, The Laramie Project allows those most deeply affected to speak, and the result is a brilliantly moving theatrical creation.
Coming Out of the Magnolia Closet: Same-Sex Couples in Mississippi
May 15th 2020
ISBN1496829115 (ISBN13: 9781496829115)
In Coming Out of the Magnolia Closet: Same-Sex Couples in Mississippi, John F. Marszalek III shares conversations with same-sex couples living in small-town and rural Mississippi. In the first book of its kind to focus on Mississippi, couples tell their stories of how they met and fell in love, their decisions on whether or not to marry, and their experiences as sexual minorities with their neighbors, families, and churches. Their stories illuminate a complicated relationship between many same-sex couples and their communities, influenced by southern culture, religion, and family norms.
The Hub of the Gay Universe: An LGBTQ History of Boston, Provincetown, and Beyond
April 1st 2019
ISBN0578410869 (ISBN13: 9780578410869)
This LGBTQ history of Boston and Provincetown begins with the coming of Europeans to Massachusetts in 1620 and ends with the victory over the referendum to overturn transgender rights in 2018. It includes the many high points of these four years: the torrid romances of nineteenth century actress Charlotte Cushman, the glamorous nightlife of 1950s Boston, the wild times of 1970s Provincetown, and the great outpouring of happiness that accompanied the country's first same-sex marriages. And it describes the tragedies: murders of trans women and gay men, the terrible waves of repression of the 1920s, and the devastation of the AIDS years.
Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America's First Gay and Lesbian Town
January 1, 1993
ISBN0807079278 (ISBN13: 9780807079270)
For thousands of gay men and lesbians in America, Cherry Grove -- the oldest continuously inhabited resort on Fire Island -- has meant freedom. Not simply the leisure-time freedoms from work and noise and pollution, but the far rarer freedom to socialize in public without risking a beating, to stroll arm in arm without hesitation, to leave the curtains open without fear -- in short, to live the American dream that was denied to gay men and lesbians on the U.S. mainland. In her rich and detailed cultural history of Cherry Grove, Esther Newton tells for the first time the full story of this unique community, the oldest gay and lesbian town in America.
Lonely Hunters: An Oral History Of Lesbian And Gay Southern Life, 1948-1968
August 28th 1997
ISBN0813324742 (ISBN13: 9780813324746)
This is the story of Southern gays and lesbians in the twenty-year span between the end of World War II and the Stonewall Riot that sparked widespread gay rights consciousness. Across the United States, this was an era of courting and cocktail parties, Johnny Mathis and Jack Kerouac, with a Southern culture aptly depicted by Tennessee Williams- genteel attitudes and behavior covering, in a thin veneer, baser passions just barely contained. But this veneer was developing cracks that would soon divide society in hotly contested battles over race, sexuality, and gender. In Lonely Hunters , James Sears, noted gay writer, academic, and media commentator, has compiled the real stories of gay men and lesbians who were raised in the social hierarchy of the South and who recall their coming of age when the status quo of American society as a whole was on the cusp of great upheaval.
We’ve Been Here All Along: Wisconsin’s Early Gay History
May 7th 2019
ISBN0870209124 (ISBN13: 9780870209123)
The first of two groundbreaking volumes on gay history in Wisconsin, We’ve Been Here All Along provides an illuminating and nuanced picture of Wisconsin’s gay history from the reporting on the Oscar Wilde trials of 1895 to the landmark Stonewall Riots of 1969. Throughout these decades, gay Wisconsinites developed identities, created support networks, and found ways to thrive in their communities despite various forms of suppression—from the anti-vice crusades of the early twentieth century to the post-war labeling of homosexuality as an illness to the Lavender Scare of the 1950s.
Gay South Florida: 30 Years of LGBT Progress
February 14th 2012
ISBN1633534952 (ISBN13: 9781633534957)
Steve Rothaus began covering the gay community for the Miami Herald in 1997 as was one of the first reporters at a mainstream newspaper anywhere in the country to cover gay issues as a regular news beat. "It was a different world." "We wanted people to know that I was a real person so they would feel more comfortable having their name in the paper, knowing that they were talking to someone who was in the paper and who also was gay." The rest is history. For nearly 20 years, Steve has been a major voice on LGBT pain, pride, and progress. "He's really the authority on LGBT issues," says Rick Hirsch, the Herald's managing editor. "This is a region with a very significant LGBT community. Covering it well and intelligently really has value to our readers."
Oye Loca: From the Mariel Boatlift to Gay Cuban Miami
August 16th 2013
ISBN0816665540 (ISBN13: 9780816665549)
During only a few months in 1980, 125,000 Cubans entered the United States as part of a massive migration known as the Mariel boatlift. The images of boats of all sizes, in various conditions, filled with Cubans of all colors and ages, triggered a media storm. Fleeing Cuba’s repressive government, many homosexual men and women arrived in the United States only to face further obstacles. Deemed “undesirables” by the U.S. media, the Cuban state, and Cuban Americans already living in Miami, these new entrants marked a turning point in Miami’s Cuban American and gay histories.
Are We There Yet? A Continuing History of Lavender Women, a Chicago Lesbian
March 1st 1991
ISBN0918040078 (ISBN13: 9780918040077)
Serious yet entertaining history of an exciting lesbian era. Thought-provoking analysis and lively description.
Between the Lines: An Anthology by Pacific-Asian Lesbians of Santa Cruz, California
ISBN0962281905 (ISBN13: 9780962281907)
Gay and Lesbian St. Louis
February 29th 2016
ISBN1467115924 (ISBN13: 9781467115926)
In the late 19th century, St. Louis--America's fourth-largest city--was a hub of robust commerce and risqué entertainment. It provided an oasis for those who lived "in the shadows." Since 1764, the Gateway to the West's LGBT community has experienced countless struggles and successes, including protests, arrests, murders, celebrations, and parades. St. Louis had its own version of Stonewall in October 1969 and is the hometown of icons such as Tennessee Williams and Josephine Baker. A colorful array of activists, drag queens, leather men, artists, academics, business leaders, and everyday folks have contributed to the rich fabric of the lesbian and gay community in St. Louis.
Folsom Street Blues: A Memoir of 1970s Soma and Leatherfolk in Gay San Francisco
June 26th 2011
ISBN1890834033 (ISBN13: 9781890834036)
Jim Stewart, a survivor of the Titanic 1970s, has written a wonderful memoir revealing how South of Market became hip SoMa in San Francisco. Leading a lusty life surfing the first wave of gay liberation up to HIV, he is an uninhibited writer spilling personal tales of sex, art, and friendship during that first decade of Gay Liberation after Stonewall. As carpenter, he designed and constructed the sexy interiors of Folsom Street leather bars as well as of Fey-Way Studio, the first gay art gallery in San Francisco, where as photographer he exhibited his work on the walls he built. A pioneer settler in SoMa, he was fast friends with poet-singer Camille O'Grady, the leading lady of Folsom Street leather; with Oscar- Streaker Robert Opel who was murdered in his own Fey-Way gallery; with author Jack Fritscher and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
The Un-Natural State: Arkansas and the Queer South
October 1st 2010
ISBN1557289433 (ISBN13: 9781557289438)
The Un-Natural State is a one-of-a-kind study of gay and lesbian life in Arkansas in the twentieth century, a deft weaving together of Arkansas history, dozens of oral histories, and Brock Thompson's own story. Thompson analyzes the meaning of rural drag shows, including a compelling description of a 1930s seasonal beauty pageant in Wilson, Arkansas, where white men in drag shared the stage with other white men in blackface, a suggestive mingling that went to the core of both racial transgression and sexual disobedience. These small town entertainments put on in churches and schools emerged decades later in gay bars across the state as a lucrative business practice and a larger means of community expression, while in the same period the state's sodomy law was rewritten to condemn sexual acts between those of the same sex in language similar to what was once used to denounce interracial sex.
Sex-Crime Panic: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s
January 1st 2002
ISBN1555836593 (ISBN13: 9781555836597)
Following the brutal murders of two children in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1954, police, in an attempt to quell public hysteria, arrested 20 men whom the authorities never claimed had anything to do with the crimes. Labeled as sexual psychopaths under an Iowa law that lumped homosexuals together with child molesters and murderers, the men were sentenced to a mental institution until cured. Their shocking story is brought to light for the first time by award-winning journalist Neil Miller, author of Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present. Shedding a harsh light on 1950s attitudes toward homosexuality, Miller's carefully researched account shows how the paranoia of the McCarthy era destroyed the lives of gay men in the American heartland.
A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington D.C.
July 7th 2014
ISBN0415735297 (ISBN13: 9780415735292)
Rooted in extensive archival research and personal interviews, A Queer Capital is the first history of LGBT life in the nation's capital. Revealing a vibrant past that dates back more than 125 years, the book explores how lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals established spaces of their own before and after World War II, survived some of the harshest anti- gay campaigns in the U.S., and organized to demand equal treatment. Telling the stories of black and white gay communities and individuals, Genny Beemyn shows how race, gender, and class shaped the construction of gay social worlds in a racially segregated city.
The Apartment Lounge: Building an LGBT Community
February 12th 2014
Two gay men opened the Apartment Lounge in one of the most conservative cities in Michigan in 1972. For decades they were afraid to put the name of the business on their front door, but gay and lesbian customers found them -- and they found each other. These men brought the news of the Aids epidemic back from San Francisco, then helped their friends die and grieve when HIV became the most feared acronym in Grand Rapids. became the cornerstone of the region's LGBT community. This 3,291 word inspiring article tells the story of the challenges they faced and their decision to sell the Apartment Lounge to one of their first customers; a gay man who was a teenager when he found himself at The Apartment Lounge.
Below The Belt: Sexuality, Religion And The American South
November 1st 1999
ISBN0304335509 (ISBN13: 9780304335503)
Alternative lifestyles are anathema to the inhabitants of rural areas of the Bible Belt. Even gays and lesbians themselves resist the notions of community and self-identification espoused by city queers. As Wilson demonstrates, it is the combination of internalized self-hatred, the influence of the right-wing Republicans and religious fervor, together with the hatred, fear, and suspicion aroused by the intervention of gay and lesbian activists from urban areas, that determine the tenor of gay life in the American rural South. A series of shocking interviews with local religious leaders and medical experts whose opinions shape local discourse in sexuality, abortion, feminism, and AIDS are the foundation for this revelatory study.
Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area
March 1st 1996
ISBN0811811875 (ISBN13: 9780811811873)
A fabulous montage of word and image, this is the first book ever to chronicle the origin and evolution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. Capturing the international center of the gay experience as never before, and published to coincide with the opening of the Gay and Lesbian Center of the new main San Francisco Public Library.
The Teacher's Closet: Lesbian and Gay Educators in Georgia's Public Middle Schools
November 12th 2018
ISBN1433161117 (ISBN13: 9781433161117)
The stories in The Teacher's Closet: Lesbian and Gay Educators in Georgia's Public Middle Schools reveal the intricate and multifaceted process of identity management that lesbian and gay Georgia middle school teachers regularly engage in, with the intention of carefully negotiating the conservative, heterosexist, and at times homophobic culture of education. Disclosure for a homosexual teacher is not a one-time event. As the stories reveal, managing one's sexual identity is an ongoing process. A feeling of uneasiness surrounding acceptance from others is also a regular occurrence in the homosexual community. To understand why lesbian and gay teachers feel the need to conceal and protect their homosexual identities, it is necessary to understand the social and political climate that forces them to surrender their real identity.
Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay, and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York
January 1st 2008
ISBN0807079693 (ISBN13: 9780807079690)
In Drifting Toward Love, journalist Kai Wright introduces us to Manny, Julius, Carlos, and their friends, young gay men of color desperately searching for life's basic necessities. With these vivid, intimate portraits, Wright reveals both their heroism and their mistakes, placing their stories into a larger social context.
Gay and Lesbian Atlanta
June 9th 2008
ISBN0738553778 (ISBN13: 9780738553771)
For much of the 20th century, Atlanta was a magnet drawing newcomer from around the nation. Atlanta's growth from a small Southern town to a Sunbelt colossus in many ways parallels the changes that shaped America during those 100 years: industrialization, technological innovation, suburbanization, and battles over racial equality. Largely overlooked in the Atlanta story, however, are the experiences of lesbians and gay men. In a city governed by powerful business interests and an ethos of Christian conservatism, gays and lesbians maneuvered in ways both large and small, public and private, to find personal happiness, professional fulfillment, and, eventually, a political voice. Until recently, Atlanta's gay and lesbian history survived and perished with the memories of the men and women who lived it. Now a small part of that history has been preserved in this collection of unforgettable images.
In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bar
February 9th 2012
ISBN1905091990 (ISBN13: 9781905091997)
In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bar is the first comprehensive treatment of the history of gay New Orleans drawn primarily on the recollections of dozens of gay men and women and providing a fascinating narrative of how gay New Orleans evolved throughout the twentieth century. Showing the incredible and previously unrecognized contributions gay people have made to New Orleans culture, In Exile illuminates the darkness where gay people lived secret double-lives for decades and chronicles the social forces that enabled gay New Orleanians to live openly and honestly.
Gay and Lesbian Washington D.C.
May 16th 2005
ISBN0738517534 (ISBN13: 9780738517537)
In the identity of gay and lesbian America, Washington, D.C., has a history, perhaps unknown, that begs to be acknowledged. This history ranges from the planner of this new city on the Potomac River to generations of gay women who fought, lobbied, and marched for the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Prohibition promoted the rise of underground clubs with back rooms for gays and lesbians to socialize in the 1920s. The history of these clubs and cruise spots reveals the migration of gay neighborhoods across the city, from Georgetown to Lafayette Square to Dupont Circle. In the 1960s and 1970s, gays and lesbians marched with Pride to be recognized. In the 1980s, they covered the Mall with a quilt to finally hear politicians utter the word AIDS. Today, the word is marriage: equal under the law and equal in the heart.
Radical Feminists of Heterodoxy
October 1st 1986
ISBN0934678081 (ISBN13: 9780934678087)
An account of heterodoxy, the club for unorthodox women that flourished in Greenwich Village from 1912 through the 30s.
Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America
August 1st 2009
ISBN0814731937 (ISBN13: 9780814731932)
From Wal-Mart drag parties to renegade Homemaker's Clubs, Out in the Country offers an unprecedented contemporary account of the lives of today's rural queer youth. Mary L. Gray maps out the experiences of young people living in small towns across rural Kentucky and along its desolate Appalachian borders, providing a fascinating and often surprising look at the contours of gay life beyond the big city. Gray illustrates that, against a backdrop of an increasingly impoverished and privatized rural America, LGBT youth and their allies visibly--and often vibrantly--work the boundaries of the public spaces available to them, whether in their high schools, public libraries, town hall meetings, churches, or through websites.
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Castro Jack: Gay 1970s San Francisco
July 26th 2018
With his straight friends in London settling in the suburbs, Jack is left lost and lonely until he decides to adventure to San Francisco. Growing up Catholic, being homosexual has always been a thorn in his side and he vows that now is the time to break the curse. Roaming the streets, Jack explores the gay community and plays guitar at Aladdin's Furniture Barn and makes a living as a nude cleaner. But will the city be the gay paradise he has heard about? And will he go back with what he came for? Castro Jack is a story that captures the abundant love of 70s San Francisco, with its gritty open heart and learning to be comfortable with yourself. Expect to be charmed, curious and aroused by Jack's adventures and be left with sunny nostalgia that makes you wish you'd been there yourself.
When Brooklyn Was Queer
March 5th 2019
ISBN1250169917 (ISBN13: 9781250169914)
When Brooklyn Was Queer is a groundbreaking exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond. No other book, movie, or exhibition has ever told this sweeping story. Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic erasure of its queer history—a great forgetting.
Queering the Redneck Riviera: Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism
April 24th 2018
ISBN0813056918 (ISBN13: 9780813056913)
Queering the Redneck Riviera recovers the forgotten and erased history of gay men and lesbians in North Florida, a region often overlooked in the story of the LGBTQ experience in the United States. Jerry Watkins reveals both the challenges these men and women faced in the years following World War II and the essential role they played in making the Emerald Coast a major tourist destination. In a state dedicated to selling an image of itself as a "family-friendly" tropical paradise and in an era of increasing moral panic and repression, queer people were forced to negotiate their identities and their places in society. Watkins re-creates queer life during this period, drawing from sources including newspaper articles, advertising and public relations campaigns, oral history accounts, government documents, and interrogation transcripts from the state's Johns Committee.
Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans
December 18th 2017
ISBN1496814010 (ISBN13: 9781496814012)
Traditional Carnival has been well documented with a vast array of books published on the subject. However, few of them, if any, mention gay Carnival krewes or the role of gay Carnival within the larger context of the season. Howard Philips Smith corrects this oversight with a beautiful, vibrant, and exciting account of gay Carnival.
Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida
May 6th 2013
Now that the United States Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage around the country, a report issued 50 years ago by an obscure Florida legislative committee looks positively antiquated for its moralistic and ignorance-based views on homosexuality. Nicknamed the “purple pamphlet” for the color of its cover illustration, this report was commissioned by the Florida legislature in 1963 to “understand and effectively deal with the growing problem of homosexuality.” It provides legislative recommendations on how to criminalize homosexual activities in Florida, asserting that homosexuality is, and for too long has been, a skeleton in the closet of society.”
Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States
March 5th 2019
In Real Queer America, Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Her motto for the trip: "Something gay every day." Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she introduces us to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change, from the first openly transgender mayor in Texas history to the manager of the only queer night club in Bloomington, Indiana, and many more.
Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community
February 19th 1993
ISBN0140235507 (ISBN13: 9780140235500)
This ground-breaking book traces the emergence and growth of a lesbian community in Buffalo, New York, from the mid-1930s to the early 1960s. Based on thirteen years of research and drawing upon the oral histories of forty-five women, authors Kennedy and Davis explore butch-femme roles, coming out, women who passed as men, motherhood, aging, racism, and the courage and pride of the working-class lesbians of Buffalo who, by confronting incredible oppression and violence, helped to pave the way for the gay and lesbian liberation movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold captures the full complexity of lesbian culture; it is a compassionate history of real people fighting for respect and a place to love without fear of persecution.
Bohemian Los Angeles: and the Making of Modern Politics
December 16th 2006
ISBN0520249259 (ISBN13: 9780520249257)
Bohemian Los Angeles brings to life a vibrant and all-but forgotten milieu of artists, leftists, and gay men and women whose story played out over the first half of the twentieth century and continues to shape the entire American landscape. It is the story of a hidden corner of Los Angeles, where the personal first became the political, where the nation’s first enduring gay rights movement emerged, and where the broad spectrum of what we now think of as identity politics was born. Portraying life over a period of more than forty years in the hilly enclave of Edendale, near downtown Los Angeles, Daniel Hurewitz considers the work of painters and printmakers, looks inside the Communist Party’s intimate cultural scene, and examines the social world of gay men.
The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third-Sexers, Pansies, Queers, and Sex Morons in Chicago's First Century
June 1st 2018
ISBN1613739354 (ISBN13: 9781613739358)
A history of gay Chicago told through the stories of queer men who left a record of their sexual activities in the Second City, this book paints a vivid picture of the neighborhoods where they congregated while revealing their complex lives. Some, such as reporter John Wing, were public figures. Others, like Henry Gerber, who created the first “homophile” organization in the United States, were practically invisible to their contemporaries. But their stories are all riveting. Female impersonators and striptease artists Quincy de Lang and George Quinn were arrested and put on trial at the behest of a leader of Chicago’s anti-“indecency” movement.
Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit
June 28th 2013
ISBN0472071963 (ISBN13: 9780472071968)
Butch Queens Up in Pumps examines Ballroom culture, in which inner-city LGBT individuals dress, dance, and vogue to compete for prizes and trophies. Participants are affiliated with a house, an alternative family structure typically named after haute couture designers and providing support to this diverse community. Marlon M. Bailey’s rich first-person performance ethnography of the Ballroom scene in Detroit examines Ballroom as a queer cultural formation that upsets dominant notions of gender, sexuality, kinship, and community.
Pre-Gay L.A.: A Social History of the Movement for Homosexual Rights
April 16th 2009
ISBN0252076419 (ISBN13: 9780252076411)
This book explores the origins and history of the modern American movement for homosexual rights, which originated in Los Angeles in the late 1940s and continues today. Part ethnography and part social history, it is a detailed account of the history of the movement as manifested through the emergence of four related organizations: Mattachine, ONE Incorporated, the Homosexual Information Center (HIC), and the Institute for the Study of Human Resources (ISHR), which began doing business as ONE Incorporated when the two organizations merged in 1995. Pre-Gay L.A. is a chronicle of how one clandestine special interest association emerged as a powerful political force that spawned several other organizations over a period of more than sixty years.
Open Secret: Gay Hollywood--1928-1998
September 16th 1998
ISBN0688153178 (ISBN13: 9780688153175)
Hollywood isn't just a place or an industry -- it's a fantasy that unfolds in the minds of moviegoers the world over. And talking about "who's gay in Hollywood" has always been the most socially acceptable way of talking about homosexuality period. But times have changed for gays and lesbians inside Hollywood and in the culture at large. Ellen DeGeneres "came out" to a world quite different from the one that allowed Marlene Dietrich to "stay in." And while Rupert Everett may be called "the gay Cary Grant," the real Cary Grant would never have described himself as gay -- even though he was. So what has it meant to be gay in Hollywood, not just as a star but behind the scenes as well? How homosexual actors and actresses came to define straight America's sexual self-image is only one of the paradoxical and provocative questions explored in Open Secret, a revealing cultural chronicle of gay Hollywood.
Out in the Redwoods: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender History at UC Santa Cruz, 1965 – 2003
January 1, 2003
Forging Gay Identities: Organizing Sexuality in San Francisco, 1950-1994
December 15th 2002
ISBN0226026949 (ISBN13: 9780226026947)
Unlike many social movements, the gay and lesbian struggle for visibility and rights has succeeded in combining a unified group identity with the celebration of individual differences. Forging Gay Identities explores how this happened, tracing the evolution of gay life and organizations in San Francisco from the 1950s to the mid-1990s.
Leonard Fink - Coming Out: Photographs of Gay Liberation and the New York Waterfront
May 20th 2015
ISBN3905297469 (ISBN13: 9783905297461)
Amateur photographer Leonard Fink lived and worked in New York City, documenting over 25 years of its gay life, including pride parades, bars, and especially the decaying architecture of the West Side piers, which served as a space for gay men to interact socially and sexually. From the mid-1970s onwards, Fink captured this time of empowerment, cruising, sexual freedom, and openness and experimentation, and his large collection of photographs has proven to be a significant and engaging visual record of the citys gay subculture before the rise of HIV/AIDS would forever change it.
Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York
October 18th 2016
ISBN0847849406 (ISBN13: 9780847849406)
Uncovering the lost history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender artists in New York City. Queer people have always flocked to New York seeking freedom, forging close-knit groups for support and inspiration. Gay Gotham brings to life the countercultural artistic communities that sprang up over the last hundred years, a creative class whose radical ideas would determine much of modern culture.
Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940
May 19th, 1995
ISBN0465026214 (ISBN13: 9780465026210)
Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Drawing on a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, George Chauncey constructs a fascinating portrait of a vibrant, cohesive gay world that is not supposed to have existed. Called "monumental" (Washington Post), "unassailable" (Boston Globe), "brilliant" (The Nation), and "a first-rate book of history" (The New York Times), Gay New Yorkforever changed how we think about the history of gay life in New York City, and beyond.
Growing Up Gay in the South: Race, Gender, and Journeys of the Spirit
January 15th 1991
ISBN0918393795 (ISBN13: 9780918393791)
This groundbreaking new book weaves personal portraits of lesbian and gay Southerners with interdisciplinary commentary about the impact of culture, race, and gender on the development of sexual identity. Growing Up Gay in the South is an important book that focuses on the distinct features of Southern life. It will enrich your understanding of the unique pressures faced by gay men and lesbians in this region--the pervasiveness of fundamental religious beliefs; the acceptance of racial, gender, and class community boundaries; the importance of family name and family honor; the unbending view of appropriate childhood behaviors; and the intensity of adolescent culture.
Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance
July 1st 2003
ISBN0253216079 (ISBN13: 9780253216076)
This groundbreaking study explores the Harlem Renaissance as a literary phenomenon fundamentally shaped by same- sex-interested men. Christa Schwarz focuses on Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Richard Bruce Nugent and explores these writers' sexually dissident or gay literary voices. The portrayals of men-loving men in these writers' works vary significantly. Schwarz locates in the poetry of Cullen, Hughes, and McKay the employment of contemporary gay code words, deriving from the Greek discourse of homosexuality and from Walt Whitman. By contrast, Nugent--the only "out" gay Harlem Renaissance artist--portrayed men-loving men without reference to racial concepts or Whitmanesque codes. Schwarz argues for contemporary readings attuned to the complex relation between race, gender, and sexual orientation in Harlem Renaissance writing.
Evening Crowd at Kirmser's: A Gay Life In The 1940S
April 10th 2003
ISBN0816636222 (ISBN13: 9780816636228)
For many, it is often difficult to imagine gay gathering places in the decades before the Stonewall riots of the 1960s, and nearly impossible to think of such communities outside the nation's largest cities. Yet such places did exist, and their histories tell amazing stories of survival and the struggle for acceptance and self-respect. When Ricardo J. Brown died in 1999, he left a compelling memoir of his youth and experiences as a young gay man in St. Paul. After being discharged from the navy for revealing his sexual orientation to a commanding officer in 1945, Brown returned to his hometown with a new self-awareness and a desire to find a group of people like himself. He discovered such a place in Kirmser's.
Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer
May 1st 2007
ISBN1890834386 (ISBN13: 9781890834388)
In his 16th book, eyewitness gay activist Jack Fritscher, the lover and biographer of Robert Mapplethorpe, breaks the trance of received gay history in this fact-rich memoir of how "The Boys in the Band Played On" from the Titanic 1970s to 1999. Built on all new information recently unearthed, this stylishly written and illustrated "timeline archive" of art, sex, obscenity, gender, culture wars, homophobia, pop culture, and the gay mafia, will get 21st-century readers and researchers up to speed fast on the serious fun of who did what to whom when and why.
Electric Dirt: A Celebration of Queer Voices and Identities from Appalachia and the South
City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972
June 1st 2000
ISBN1592131301 (ISBN13: 9781592131303)
Describes that Philadelphians were leaders in the national gay and lesbian movement and suggests that New York and San Francisco have for too long obscured the contributions of other cities to gay culture. This book brings to life the neighborhood bars and clubs where people gathered and the political issues that rallied the community.
Bad Kid: A Memoir on Growing Up Goth & Gay in Texas
May 19th 2015
ISBN0062371282 (ISBN13: 9780062371287)
Filled with the music and popular culture of the late-eighties and early-nineties, this refreshingly honest and hilarious coming-of-age memoir from comedian, storyteller, and The Moth host David Crabb tells a universally resonant story about growing up gay and Goth in San Antonio, Texas. In the summer of 1989, three Goth kids crossed a street in San Antonio. They had no idea that a deeply confused fourteen-year-old boy was watching. Their dyed hair, fishnets, and eyeliner were his first evidence of another world—a place he desperately wanted to go. He just had no idea how to get there.
Prop 8 Overturn
April 4th 2011
ISBN1462003931 (ISBN13: 9781462003938)
November 4, 2008 was a time when many GLBT in California lost their rights to marry. It was a time when Judge Vaughn Walker from San Francisco overturned Prop 8 in November 4, 2010.
Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation
June 5th 2018
ISBN1631491644 (ISBN13: 9781631491641)
Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement. In revelatory detail, Robert W. Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Relying on unprecedented access to survivors and archives, Fieseler creates an indelible portrait of a closeted, blue- collar gay world that flourished before an arsonist ignited an inferno that destroyed an entire community. The aftermath was no less traumatic—families ashamed to claim loved ones, the Catholic Church refusing proper burial rights, the city impervious to the survivors’ needs—revealing a world of toxic prejudice that thrived well past Stonewall. Yet the impassioned activism that followed proved essential to the emergence of a fledgling gay movement. Tinderbox restores honor to a forgotten generation of civil-rights martyrs.
Blues Arrival: Stories of the Queer Black South and Migration
January 1, 2016
Blues Arrival: Stories of the Queer Black South is about to take you on a road trip of southern Black Queer culture, identity and migration. Our stories are what connect us. “Blues Arrival” gives us the opportunity to take part in the stories of a marginalized community to create awareness and share knowledge about Black Queer culture in the South.
Queer New York City: Retracing the Steps of Lgbtq People Around the World
November 12th 2017
ISBN1979628807 (ISBN13: 9781979628808)
Houses, Schools and Burial Places of LGBTQ key figures. Also LGBTQ architect projects. Including LGBTQ friendly hotels and restaurants.
The Lesbian South: Southern Feminists, the Women in Print Movement, and the Queer Literary Canon
October 15th 2018
ISBN1469643340 (ISBN13: 9781469643342)
In this book, Jaime Harker uncovers a largely forgotten literary Renaissance in Southern letters. Anchored by a constellation of southern women, the Women in Print movement grew from the queer union of women's liberation, civil rights activism, gay liberation, and print culture. Broadly influential from the 1970s through the 1990s, the Women in Print movement created a network of writers, publishers, bookstores, and readers that fostered a remarkable array of literature. With the freedom that the Women in Print movement inspired, southern lesbian feminists remade Southernness as a site of intersectional radicalism, transgressive sexuality, and liberatory space. Including in her study well-known authors.
And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida's Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers
June 3rd 2009
ISBN0252076397 (ISBN13: 9780252076398)
Focusing on Florida's purge of gay and lesbian teachers from 1956 to 1965, this study explores how the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, commonly known as the Johns Committee, investigated and discharged dozens of teachers on the basis of sexuality. Karen L. Graves details how teachers were targeted, interrogated, and stripped of their professional credentials, and she examines the extent to which these teachers resisted the invasion of their personal lives. She contrasts the experience of three groups--civil rights activists, gay and lesbian teachers, and University of South Florida personnel--called before the committee and looks at the range of response and resistance to the investigations.
Jim Flint: The Boy From Peoria
November 12th 2011
ISBN146639840X (ISBN13: 9781466398405)
Available in both black-and-white and color editions. Meet Jim Flint, known to many as Felicia-a truly remarkable man who has done some truly remarkable things. Raised in Peoria, Illinois, Flint was a precocious kid who "shined shoes" for older gentlemen at age 8 and joined the Navy at 17. He was a serviceman with a distinguished record who dreamed of becoming a missionary brother, yet only months later became one of the most popular gay bartenders in Chicago. Before long, he was stopping traffic on Clark Street as a roller-skating, baton-twirling drag queen, eager to garner attention for his now-legendary female impersonation bar, the Baton Show Lounge.
The Meaning of Gay: Interaction, Publicity, and Community among Homosexual Men in 1960s San Francisco
July 10th 2012
Homosexual men in San Francisco had started the 1960s interacting mostly in private, informal groups, meeting in bars and house parties. But by 1972, the city had a 'gay community' and 'gay pride,' all celebrated with a parade. Through numerous organizations and publications, gay men created a counter-publicity to fight against their domination and subordination, and had begun to try to build a community that would foster deeper, more meaningful relationships with each other. The emergent counter-publicity and community in turn created the social spaces necessary for gay men to create an expanding range of possible meanings for their 'gayness,' meanings that aligned more closely with their experiences and which better helped them meet their needs and desires.
Ending Anita: How Two Key West Bartenders Won Gay Marriage For Florida
December 5th 2016
Gay marriage (marriage equality) is now the law of the land thanks to the Supreme Court. That victory was actually earned by LGBT activists on the state-level where they fought against anti-gay laws treating them as second-class citizens. Florida in particular was beset by homophobic laws spawned by Anita Bryant’s Miami-based anti-gay fear mongering of 1977. Florida public sentiment has now changed in favor of LGBT rights, but anti-gay politicians did not want those laws dropped. Aaron and Lee, with no political or legal experience, were told they were in over their heads. This did not stop them.
Vanguard Revisited: The Queer Faith, Sex & Politics of The Youth of San Francisco's Tenderloin
August 24th 2016
Working with a variety of homeless youth services organizations, program coordinators Joey Plaster and Pastor Megan Rohrer presented the history of Vanguard to contemporary queer youth. We then asked them to respond by submitting stories, art, and poetry “in conversation” with original 1960s essays, or touching on similar themes. A zine called Vanguard Revisted was published and featured new voices from 2011, along with reprints from the original Vanguard Magazine of the 1960s. These materials were supplemented with archival materials, a historical narrative, and writings from urban ministers and youth organizers.
No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas
January 15th 2018
ISBN0700625283 (ISBN13: 9780700625284)
Far from the coastal centers of culture and politics, Kansas stands at the very center of American stereotypes about red states. In the American imagination, it is a place LGBT people leave. No Place Like Home is about why they stay. The book tells the epic story of how a few disorganized and politically naive Kansans, realizing they were unfairly under attack, rolled up their sleeves, went looking for fights, and ended up making friends in one of the country's most hostile states.
Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront
May 3rd 2019
ISBN0271082178 (ISBN13: 9780271082172)
In 1970s New York City, the abandoned piers of the Hudson River became a site for extraordinary works of art and a popular place for nude sunbathing and anonymous sex. Jonathan Weinberg's provocative book--part art history, part memoir--weaves interviews, documentary photographs, literary texts, artworks, and film stills to show how avant-garde practices competed and mingled with queer identities along the Manhattan waterfront.
Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco
March 1st 2003
ISBN0520244745 (ISBN13: 9780520244740)
Wide-Open Town traces the history of gay men and lesbians in San Francisco from the turn of the century, when queer bars emerged in San Francisco's tourist districts, to 1965, when a raid on a drag ball changed the course of queer history. Bringing to life the striking personalities and vibrant milieu that fueled this era, Nan Alamilla Boyd examines the culture that developed around the bar scene and homophile activism. She argues that the communities forged inside bars and taverns functioned politically and, ultimately, offered practical and ideological responses to the policing of San Francisco's queer and transgender communities. Using police and court records, oral histories, tourist literature, and manuscript collections from local and state archives, Nan Alamilla Boyd explains the phenomenal growth of San Francisco as a "wide-open town"—a town where anything goes.
Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life, 1918-1945
November 1st 1993
ISBN0571198171 (ISBN13: 9780571198177)
Here is the journal of Jeb Alexander, a gay man who lived in Washington, D.C. during the first half of the 20th century. Documents his life and details the joy & anguish of his on-&-off love affair with college chum C.C. Dasham.
Provincetown: From Pilgrim Landing to Gay Resort
June 1st 2005
How did a sleepy New England fishing village become a gay mecca? In this dynamic history, Karen Christel Krahulik explains why Provincetown, Massachusetts—alternately known as “Land's End,” “Cape-tip,” “Cape-end,” and, to some, “Queersville, U.S.A”—has meant many things to many people. Provincetown tells the story of this beguiling coastal town, from its early history as a mid-nineteenth century colonial village to its current stature as a bustling gay tourist destination.
The Gay, Michigan Story
January 26th 1988
ISBN0942363302 (ISBN13: 9780942363302)
Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community
September 1st 2008
ISBN1572841001 (ISBN13: 9781572841000)
Out and Proud in Chicago takes readers through the long and rich history of the city's LGBT community. Lavishly illustrated with color and black-and white-photographs, the book draws on a wealth of scholarly, historical, and journalistic sources.
G.R.I.T.S. - Girls Raised in the South: An Anthology of Southern Queer Womyns' Voices and Their Allies
November 20th 2013
ISBN1490473300 (ISBN13: 9781490473307)
This cutting-edge anthology G.R.I.T.S: Girls Raised In The South- An Anthology of Southern Queer Womyns' Voices and Their Allies, edited by Poet On Watch & Amber N. Williams, can be compared to the pioneering anthology Home Girls which featured writings by Black feminist and lesbian activists on topics both provocative and profound. G.R.I.T.S. is a critical self-analysis and celebration with multicultural queer women voices and their allies through essays, short stories, poetry, photo stories and healing comfort recipes. The perspectives are of womyn who live in the Southern region of the United States and/or have a strong affinity for this locale. The theme of the publication surrounds the subject matter of erotica while enjoying food, our connection to the South, the bonds created between lovers, and in sisterhood, personal growth, be it spiritual or otherwise and our best G.R.I.T.S recipes.
Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco
August 1st 1994
ISBN0916397300 (ISBN13: 9780916397302)
Beyond Definition confronts questions of sexuality and identity in a collection of dynamic work by established and emerging writers from the San Francisco Bay Area. Urgent and significant issues are explored including coming out to one's parents, transgenderism and coping with the loss of a loved one to AIDS. Features work by Susie Bright, Michelle Tea, Alvin Orloff and more.
Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics
February 16th 2016
ISBN0812247914 (ISBN13: 9780812247916)
In postwar America, the path to political power for gays and lesbians led through city hall. By the late 1980s, politicians and elected officials, who had originally sought political advantage from raiding gay bars and carting their patrons off to jail, were pursuing gays and lesbians aggressively as a voting bloc--not least by campaigning in those same bars. Gays had acquired power and influence. They had clout.
On the Table by the Window: The Journey of a Gay Dad in Indiana
October 4th 2013
ISBN1457522713 (ISBN13: 9781457522710)
A father's story and more...Van Kirby is a successful Indianapolis business owner and contributor to civic causes. He is gay. But in the 1970s, he was also the father of four children who needed a more stable home. This is the story of how, against all odds, Van fought for and won the right to raise his children. It is also an extraordinarily unvarnished story of coming of age-and coming out-when being gay wasn't cool. It's a story of family: how Van and his longtime partner, Dan, made a life for those kids, and for themselves. Now, as gay couples fight for marriage equality, Van Kirby's trailblazing experience can serve as inspiration for anyone who has ever wondered about who they are or where they fit.
A City Comes Out: The Gay and Lesbian History of Palm Springs
October 9th 2008
Today, Palm Springs' gay-owned businesses are flourishing, and even the Palm Springs Art Museum cashes in by hosting gay fundraising events. Quite a change from the 1960s, when a local pastor was run out of town when it was discovered that he was gay. But one thing is still missing from Palm Springs—a history of the city's transformation from a winter family resort town into a year-round, world-famous gay destination.
Stepping Out: Nine Tours Through New York City's Gay and Lesbian Past
June 1st 1997
ISBN0805041583 (ISBN13: 9780805041583)
Ever wonder where drag queens hung out a century before RuPaul learned to say "platforms"? Curious about Audre Lorde's favorite Village haunts? This poignant, irresistibly revealing guide features nine tours that celebrate gay cultural lore, history, and gossip in the gay capital of America: New York City. Designed to be taken on foot but equally enjoyable from any armchair or couch, the tours cover rally sites such as the Stonewall riots, historic homes, bars, clubs, hotels, and gathering places from the turn of the century to the present day. Hundreds of figures are profiled, including the writers James Baldwin, Willa Cather, and Djuna Barnes; actors such as James Dean, Greta Garbo, and Montgomery Cliff; and musical figures Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Mathis, and Ma Rainey. With nearly forty historic and contemporary photographs and a map outlining each tour, this is a delightfully absorbing volume for first-time tourists as well as hard- core natives.
Gay Politics Vs. Colorado and America
February 1st 1994
ISBN0963946501 (ISBN13: 9780963946508)
LGBT Salt Lake
May 29th 2017
ISBN1467125857 (ISBN13: 9781467125857)
Salt Lake City, located along Utah's majestic Wasatch Mountains, has historically been a cradle of peculiar people. Before Western culture developed terms for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) identities, diverse communities who recognized their differences from mainstream America made Salt Lake their home. By the early 1970s, a discernible "gay community" had emerged in Salt Lake City, laying the groundwork for future activism and institutions. In the 1970s, publications like Gayzette, the Salt Lick, and the Open Door documented the nascent movement. In the 1980s, amidst devastation from the HIV/AIDS epidemic, marginalized communities valiantly worked to fight the disease and support each other.
Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of North Carolina
February 7th 2019
Some of North Carolina's finest fiction and nonfiction writers come together in Every True Pleasure, including David Sedaris, Kelly Link, Allan Gurganus, Randall Kenan, and more. Within the volume—featuring writers who identify as gay, trans, bisexual, and straight—are stories and essays that view the full spectrum of contemporary life though an LGBTQ lens. These writers, all native or connected to North Carolina, show the multifaceted challenges and joys of LGBTQ life, including young love and gay panic, the minefield of religion, military service, having children with a surrogate, family rejection, finding one's true gender, finding sex, and finding love. One of the only anthologies of its kind, Every True Pleasure speaks with insight and compassion about living LGBTQ in North Carolina and beyond.
Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South
September 1st 2008
ISBN080783209X (ISBN13: 9780807832097)
Giving voice to a population too rarely acknowledged, Sweet Tea collects more than sixty life stories from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South. E. Patrick Johnson challenges stereotypes of the South as backward or repressive and offers a window into the ways black gay men negotiate their identities, build community, maintain friendship networks, and find sexual and life partners--often in spaces and activities that appear to be antigay. Ultimately, Sweet Tea validates the lives of these black gay men and reinforces the role of storytelling in both African American and southern cultures.
Gay L. A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians
October 3rd 2006
ISBN046502288X (ISBN13: 9780465022885)
Drawing upon untouched archives of documents and photographs and over 200 new interviews, Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons chart L.A.'s unique gay history, from the first missionary encounters with Native American cross- gendered "two spirits" to cross-dressing frontier women in search of their fortunes; from the bohemian freedom of early Hollywood to the explosion of gay life during World War II to the underground radicalism sparked by the 1950s blacklist; from the 1960s gay liberation movement to the creation of gay marketing in the 1990s. Faderman and Timmons show how geography, economic opportunity, and a constant influx of new people created a city that was more compatible to gay life than any other in America. Combining broad historical scope with deftly wrought stories of real people, from the Hollywood sound stage to the barrio, Gay L.A. is American social history at its best.
Wolf Girls at Vassar: Lesbian and Gay Experiences, 1930-1990
March 28th 1992
From the '30s and '40s, when silence reigned about homosexuality, through the repressive '50s and '60s, to the openness of the last decade, lesbian and gay graduates of Vassar speak of the long struggle to be themselves, despite parents, peers, and societal pressures. Introduction by Lillian Faderman. Photographs.
Men in Eden: William Drummond Stewart and Same-Sex Desire in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade
October 1st 2012
ISBN0803237782 (ISBN13: 9780803237780)
The American West of the nineteenth century was a world of freedom and adventure for men of every stripe—not least also those who admired and desired other men. Among these sojourners was William Drummond Stewart, a flamboyant Scottish nobleman who found in American culture of the 1830s and 1840s a cultural milieu of openness in which men could pursue same-sex relationships. This book traces Stewart’s travels from his arrival in America in 1832 to his return to Murthly Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, with his French Canadian–Cree Indian companion, Antoine Clement, one of the most skilled hunters in the Rockies.
Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall
July 11th 2012
ISBN0299286932 (ISBN13: 9780299286934)
"Chicago Whispers" illuminates a colorful and vibrant record of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people who lived and loved in Chicago from the city's beginnings in the 1670s as a fur-trading post to the end of the 1960s. Journalist St. Sukie de la Croix, drawing on years of archival research and personal interviews, reclaims Chicago's LGBT past that had been forgotten, suppressed, or overlooked. Included here are Jane Addams, the pioneer of American social work; blues legend Ma Rainey, who recorded "Sissy Blues" in Chicago in 1926.
LGBT: San Francisco The Daniel Nicoletta Photographs
May 26th 2017
ISBN1909526398 (ISBN13: 9781909526396)
Daniel Nicoletta (born 1954) has been a leading chronicler of the LGBT civil rights movement in San Francisco over the last 40 years. This is the first book dedicated to his powerful photographs documenting the journey of the burgeoning lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender mecca that was San Francisco in the 1970s through to the present. Nicoletta is best known for his iconic images of Harvey Milk, one of the world's first openly gay elected officials, who was assassinated by a homophobic colleague in 1978.
The End of San Francisco
April 1st 2013
ISBN087286572X (ISBN13: 9780872865723)
The End of San Francisco breaks apart the conventions of memoir to reveal the passions and perils of a life that refuses to conform to the rules of straight or gay normalcy. A budding queer activist escapes to San Francisco, in search of a world more politically charged, sexually saturated, and ethically consistent—this is the person who evolves into Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, infamous radical queer troublemaker, organizer and agitator, community builder, and anti- assimilationist commentator. Here is the tender, provocative, and exuberant story of the formation of one of the contemporary queer movement's most savvy and outrageous writers and spokespersons.
Re-Dressing America's Frontier Past
September 1st 2011
ISBN0520270622 (ISBN13: 9780520270626)
Americans have long cherished romantic images of the frontier and its colorful cast of characters, where the cowboys are always rugged and the ladies always fragile. But in this book, Peter Boag opens an extraordinary window onto the real Old West. Delving into countless primary sources and surveying sexological and literary sources, Boag paints a vivid picture of a West where cross-dressing—for both men and women—was pervasive, and where easterners as well as Mexicans and even Indians could redefine their gender and sexual identities. Boag asks, why has this history been forgotten and erased? Citing a cultural moment at the turn of the twentieth century—when the frontier ended, the United States entered the modern era, and homosexuality was created as a category—Boag shows how the American people, and thus the American nation, were bequeathed an unambiguous heterosexual identity.
One of the Children: Gay Black Men in Harlem
April 30th 1997
ISBN0520202120 (ISBN13: 9780520202122)
Gay black men, a thriving subculture of the black and gay communities, are doubly marginalized. Along with other black men, they are typically portrayed in the media and literature as "street corner men"—unemployed drifters, absentee fathers, substance abusers. In the larger gay community, they are an invisible minority. One of the Children, the first formal cultural study of gay black men in Harlem, not only illuminates this segment of America's gay population but presents a far richer, more diverse portrait of black men's lives than is commonly perceived.
Fodor's Gay Guide to New York City: With Fire Island and New Hope
October 28th 1997
ISBN0679033785 (ISBN13: 9780679033783)
Personable and chatty, informative and candid, this guide with an attitude gives the complete lowdown on gay and lesbian New York, with day and overnight trips to Fire Island, New Hope, the Hamptons, and Atlantic City. With tips on the hippest guest houses, the hottest bars, the most romantic restaurants, the gayest neighborhoods, and all the major Attractions, Fodor's Gay Guide to New York City is a one-stop introduction to the best of the region.
Gay Day: The Golden Age of the Christopher Street Parade 1974-198
May 2nd 2006
ISBN0810955083 (ISBN13: 9780810955080)
This book chronicles the NYC gay parade from the informal, spontaneous ritual held soon after the Stonewall Riots up to the more orchestrated, glamorous parades of the 80s, before AIDS turned the parade into a political necessity. The photos were captioned by Allen Ginsberg, then were put away in a box, forgotten until now. The preface, photographs and their captions have never been published before. An introduction puts the photographs in context with the events preceding and following the parade, making the book an invaluable piece of history for NYC, Gays, and gay parade.
Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry
September 15th 2016
ISBN1602233012 (ISBN13: 9781602233010)
Diversity has always been central to Alaska identity, as the state’s population consists of people with many different backgrounds, viewpoints, and life experiences. This book opens a window into these diverse lives, gathering stories and poems about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer life into a brilliant, path-breaking anthology. In these pages we see the panoply of LGBTQ life in Alaska today, from the quotidian urban adventures of a family—shopping, going out, working—to intimate encounters with Alaska’s breathtaking natural beauty. At a time of great change and major strides in LGBTQ civil rights, Building Fires in the Snow shows us an Alaska that shatters stereotypes and reveals a side of Alaska that’s been little seen until now.
Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota
September 21st 2012
ISBN0816676453 (ISBN13: 9780816676453)
For too long, LGBTQ communities—including Minnesota’s—have been maligned, misrepresented, and often outright ignored. Myths regarding the queer experience have grown and become embedded in local and national consciousness. The absence of queer stories over time in local historical and popular writing only served to further this ignorance, but great strides have been made in recent decades to celebrate Minnesota’s vibrant queer history. Add to this rising chorus an enchanting new voice: Land of 10,000 Loves, Stewart Van Cleve’s wide-ranging and unprecedented illustrated history of queer life in Minnesota.
Discriminating Sex: White Leisure and the Making of the American "Oriental"
February 21st 2018
ISBN0252083253 (ISBN13: 9780252083259)
Freewheeling sexuality and gender experimentation defined the social and moral landscape of 1890s San Francisco. Middle class whites crafting titillating narratives on topics such as high divorce rates, mannish women, and extramarital sex centered Chinese and Japanese immigrants in particular. Amy Sueyoshi draws on everything from newspapers to felony case files to oral histories in order to examine how whites' pursuit of gender and sexual fulfillment gave rise to racial caricatures. As she reveals, white reporters, writers, artists, and others conflated Chinese and Japanese, previously seen as two races, into one.
Into the Light: Photographs of the NYC Gay Pride Day from the 70s Till Today
March 10th 2018
ISBN3959852754 (ISBN13: 9783959852753)
Into the Light" is the title of Stanley Stellar's magnus opum: a history of the New York Pride Parade from the 1970s until today. The Brooklyn-born photographer (who belongs to the same generation as Robert Mapplethorpe) is a chronicler of the city that never sleeps, and so it seems his camera neither rested a single moment. As art collector and museum founder Charles Leslie put it, Stellar is a living witness to the urban drama which spanned the years from 1969 to the present and his imagery reconfirms the centrality, in spite of everything, of eternal male beauty. A true treasure of cultural history, the photographs in this book not only reflect the individual people taking part in these parades but also give an idea of the social impact the gay movement had and has.
Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940
November 20th 2017
ISBN1469635194 (ISBN13: 9781469635194)
Poised on the edge of the United States and at the center of a wider Caribbean world, today's Miami is marketed as an international tourist hub that embraces gender and sexual difference. As Julio Capo Jr. shows in this fascinating history, Miami's transnational connections reveal that the city has been a queer borderland for over a century. In chronicling Miami's queer past from its 1896 founding through World War II, Capo shows the multifaceted ways gender and sexual renegades made the city their own.
Art and Sex in Greenwich Village: A Memoir of Gay Literary Life After Stonewall
June 28th 2007
ISBN0786718137 (ISBN13: 9780786718139)
A decade after the Stonewall rebellions, a small, all-gay press named Seahorse began along with Calamus Books and JH Press, which all came together to form Gay Presses of New York. Gay Presses of New York was not only the most successful gay press of its day, but the founders had made their move at the right time and place. Gay Presses of New York also played apart in the growth of what is now gay culture, consisting of bookstores, magazines, newspapers, theater companies, and art galleries. Many aspects of the arts, as they swirled around New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco during the 1970s through 1991 were connected to Gay Presses of New York.
The Dividends of Dissent: How Conflict and Culture Work in Lesbian and Gay Marches on Washington
October 1st 2008
ISBN0226289966 (ISBN13: 9780226289960)
Marching on Washington is a hallowed tradition of American political protest, and demonstrations led by the women’s rights, civil rights, and antiwar movements all endure in popular memory. Between 1979 and 2000 four major lesbian and gay demonstrations took place there, and while these marches were some of the largest of their time, they have been sorely overlooked—until now. Drawing on extensive archival research, historical data, original photographs, interviews with key activists, and more than a thousand news articles, The Dividends of Dissent offers a thorough analysis—descriptive, historical, and sociological—of these marches and their organization.
Rebels, Rubyfruit, and Rhinestones: Queering Space in the Stonewall South
July 1st 2001
ISBN0813529646 (ISBN13: 9780813529646)
While Scarlett O'Hara may resemble a drag queen, and Mardi Gras inspires more camp than a gay pride parade, the American South also boasts a rich, authentic and transgressive gay and lesbian history. In this chatty, free-ranging cultural survey, Sears (Growing Up Gay in the South) presents a vivid kaleidoscope of the mores and political activities of many gay Southerners following the 1969 Stonewall riots and leading up to the 1979 march on Washington. Sears unspools this history through portraits of activists and community organizers including Merril Mushroom, Jack Nichols, Lige Clark, Vicki Gabriner, Minnie Bruce Pratt and Sgt. Leonard Matlovitch who helped shape the social and political climate below the Mason Dixon line and often in the rest of the country.