Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

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Basic Books, May 18, 1995 - History - 478 pages
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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. Based on years of research and access to a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, this book is a fascinating portrait of a gay world that is not supposed to have existed.

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GAY NEW YORK: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Historian Chauncey (Univ. of Chicago) brilliantly maps out the complex gay world of turn-of-the-century New York City. This book's publication is timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - xicanti - LibraryThing

This is an excellent, readable social history that looks at gay culture in the early 19th century. I found it fascinating, and highly recommend it to anyone interested in either gay culture or social history. Read full review


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George Chauncey is professor of American history at the University of Chicago and the author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, which won the distinguished Turner and Curti Awards from the Organization of American Historians, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Lambda Literary Award. He testified as an expert witness on the history of antigay discrimination at the 1993 trial of Colorado's Amendment Two, which resulted in the Supreme Court's Romer v. Evans decision that antigay rights referenda were unconstitutional, and he was the principal author of the Historians' Amicus Brief, which weighed heavily in the Supreme Court's landmark decision overturning sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas (2003). The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives and works in Chicago.

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