City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 1, 2000 - History - 457 pages
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In this pathbreaking history, Marc Stein takes an in-depth look at Philadelphia from the 1940s to the 1970s. What he finds is a city of vibrant gay and lesbian households, neighborhoods, commercial establishments, public cultures, and political groups. In doing so, Stein shatters the myth that lesbian and gay history began with the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City and challenges the notion that only New York and San Francisco featured major lesbian and gay communities in the pre-Stonewall era.

Stein takes us on a tour through Philadelphia's bars, restaurants, bookstores, bathhouses, movie theaters, parks, and parades where lesbian and gay cultures thrived.

We learn about the scientific experts, religious leaders, public officials, and journalists who attacked and ignored same-sex sexualities. And we read about the courageous people who fought back with strategies of everyday resistance and organized political activism.

Stein argues against the idea that a conspiracy of silence surrounded gays and lesbians in the 1940s and 1950s. He shows that same-sex sexualities were regularly discussed in controversies concerning the tennis player Big Bill Tilden, the Walt Whitman Bridge, sex murders and crimes, and police raids. Philadelphians became national leaders in the gay and lesbian movement. They conducted sit-ins at Dewey's restaurant, organized pickets at Independence Hall, edited the movement's most widely circulated publications the Ladder and Drum, and pursued court cases all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Beautifully crafted and exceptionally well-written, Stein's book not only provides a new starting place for thinking about lesbian and gay history but also challenges readers to rethink twentieth-century urban history.
  

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Contents

Your Place or Mine? Residential Zones in the City of Neighborhoods
17
NoMansLand Commercial Districts in the Quaker City
49
The Death and Life of Public Space in the Private City
84
The Most Fabulous Faggot in the Land
115
The Objectionable Walt Whitman Bridge
138
Rizzos Raiders and Beaten Beats
155
Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are 1960
179
Earnestly Seeking Respectability 19601963
200
The MasculineFeminine Mystique 19671969
259
Turning Points 19691970
289
Gay Liberation in the Birthplace of the Nation 19701971
315
Radicalesbian Feminism in Fillydykia 19711972
341
Sexual Pride Sexual Conservatism
371
Notes
389
Index
439
Copyright

News for Queers and Fiction for Perverts 19631967
226

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Marc Stein is associate professor of history, women's studies, and sexuality studies at York University in Toronto. He is author of "City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia" and editor-in-chief of the award-winning "Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America".

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