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By Genny Beemyn

ISBN-10: 0415921724

ISBN-13: 9780415921725

Rooted in vast archival learn and private interviews, A Queer Capital is the 1st historical past of LGBT lifestyles within the nation’s capital. Revealing a colourful prior that dates again greater than a hundred twenty five years, the e-book explores how lesbians, homosexual males, and bisexuals validated areas in their personal prior to and after international warfare II, survived the various most harsh anti-gay campaigns within the united states, and arranged to call for equivalent remedy. Telling the tales of black and white homosexual groups and participants, Genny Beemyn indicates how race, gender, and sophistication formed the development of homosexual social worlds in a racially segregated city.

From the flip of the 20th century throughout the Eighties, Beemyn explores the studies of homosexual humans in Washington, exhibiting how they created their very own groups, fought for his or her rights, and, within the procedure, helped to alter the rustic. Combining wealthy own tales with willing ancient research, A Queer Capital presents insights into LGBT lifestyles, the historical past of Washington, D.C., and African American existence and tradition within the 20th century.

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104 For national Y leaders who believed that the seeming immorality of rooming houses would spread to the group’s newly built dormitories, the association’s facilities in the nation’s capital represented the manifestation of their worst fears. 105 Carter Bealer was sent to stay at the G Street Y by his parents when they went away for the summer and fall in 1922 and rented out their house. It is unclear if Bealer knew about the cruising scene at the Y at the time, but he quickly became aware of it.

S. S. 32 The allocation of additional park personnel, however, was a gradual process, and staffing remained sparse in some parks well into The Geography of Same-Sex Desire 23 the twentieth century. 34 But in the absence of a more substantial and more capable federal force, greater surveillance in downtown parks was provided by Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department, particularly in and near Lafayette Square. Cruising there in 1922 and 1923, Bealer repeatedly encountered a plainclothes police officer whom he referred to as “the Sneak” for the way that the officer would spy upon him and other men and often follow them to try to catch them having sex.

For example, in a June 1923 entry, Bealer recounted having an adventure with a seventeenyear-old artist whom he dubbed “Tommaso de’Cavalieri,” after the young man to whom Michelangelo wrote love poetry. ” In sharp contrast, he wrote a month earlier: “A stout spectacled idiot of 45 flopped down at the other end of my bench. He tried twice to make conversation but I said merely ‘uh-huh’ and continued to look away with my back toward him. ”21 All of Bealer’s sexual partners were seemingly white and Christian because of his racism and anti-Semitism, which he openly expressed in his diaries, especially in entries from the 1920s.

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