A Queer Capital : A History of a Gay Life in Washington, D.c.


A Queer Capital : A History of a Gay Life in Washington, D.c.

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 270 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780415921725
  • DDC分類 306.76609753

Full Description

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.From the turn of the twentieth century through the 1980s, Beemyn explores the experiences of gay people in Washington, showing how they created their own communities, fought for their rights, and, in the process, helped to change the country. Combining rich personal stories with keen historical analysis, A Queer Capital provides insights into LGBT life, the history of Washington, D.C., and African American life and culture in the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                      vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1 (13)
1 The Geography of Same-Sex Desire: 14 (33)
Cruising Men in "Washington in the Late
Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
2 "Sentiments Expressed Here Would Be 47 (53)
Misconstrued by Others": The Same-Sex
Sexual Lives of Washington's Black Elite in
the Early Twentieth Century
3 Race, Class, Gender, and the Social 100(29)
Landscape of the Capitals Gay Communities
During and After World War II
4 The Policing of Same-Sex Desire in 129(52)
Postwar Washington
5 LGBT Movements in the Capital in the Mid 181(52)
to Late Twentieth Century: Three Historic
6 Epilogue: "In Tyra's Memory" 233(10)
Appendix: List of Narrators 243(4)
Bibliography 247(14)
Index 261