A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, Part 3

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Routledge, Jun 20, 2014 - Social Science - 270 pages

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.


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Cruising Men in Washington in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
The SameSex Sexual Lives of Washingtons Black Elite in the Early Twentieth Century
3 Race Class Gender and the Social Landscape of the Capitals Gay Communities During and After World War II
4 The Policing of SameSex Desire in Postwar Washington
Three Historic Moments
In Tyras Memory
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About the author (2014)

Genny Beemyn is Director of The Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has published extensively in LGBTQ Studies, including The Lives of Transgender People.