Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Chronicle Books, Mar 1, 1996 - Social Science - 176 pages
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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 Librarythe only publicly funded archive of its kind in the worldGay by the Bay contains over 200 full-color and black-and-white photographs of historical memorabilia, including correspondence, posters, buttons, and other artifacts. With anecdotes about Bay Area gay luminaries, past and present, and a foreword by acclaimed author Armistead Maupin, Gay by the Bay offers a scintillating look at a continually dynamic and evolving community.

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San Francisco, or Sodom by the Sea, as it has sometimes been called, has had a thriving gay and lesbian community for as long as people have been inhabiting the Bay area. Published to coincide with ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Susan Stryker is a Bay Area writer, activist, and scholar, and has been a visiting faculty member in the women's studies department at U.C. Berkeley.

Jim Van Buskirk is director of the San Francisco Public Library's new Gay and Lesbian Center. His reviews of gay and lesbian materials have appeared in numerous publications.

Armistead Maupin is well known for his best-selling series Tales of the City, enjoyed by millions in both book form and as an acclaimed T.V. miniseries.

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