Creating a Place for Ourselves: Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community Histories

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Psychology Press, 1997 - History - 300 pages
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Creating a Place For Ourselves is a groundbreaking collection of essays that examines gay life in the United States before Stonewall and the gay liberation movement. Along with examining areas with large gay communities such as New York, San Francisco and Fire Island, the contributors also consider the thriving gay populations in cities like Detroit, Buffalo, Washington, D.C., Birmingham and Flint, demonstrating that gay communities are truly everywhere.

Contributors: Brett Beemyn, Nan Alamilla Boyd, George Chauncey, Madeline Davis, Allen Drexel, John Howard, David Johnson, Liz Kennedy, Joan Nestle, Esther Newton, Tim Retzloff, Marc Stein, Roey Thorpe.
 

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Butch lesbians in Buffalo, high-class lesbians in Cherry Grove, gay auto workers in Flint, and all sorts of gay folk in San Francisco and New York are all found in this collection of essays examining ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Policed
9
Homos Invade S F
73
The Kids of Fairytown
97
Before Paris Burned
119
Esther Newton
145
The Changing Face of Lesbian Bars
165
A Queer Capital
183
Place and Movement in Gay American History
211
Cars and Bars
227
Birthplace of the Nation
253
Afterword 259
289
Index
297
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Brett Beemyn teaches at Western Illinois University

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