Gay Seattle

stories of exile and belonging

By Atkins, Gary

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ISBN
978-0-29598-298-4
Publisher
Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2002.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on May 1, 2003

San Francisco and Seattle both began as frontier towns, and both are ports on the U.S. Pacific Coast, but they are as different as the Transamerica Tower and the Space Needle, and their respective queer communities have evolved along parallel but diverging paths. In Wide-Open Town, Boyd (women's studies, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) depicts a San Francisco where a bar-based gay culture emerged from roots in the all-male saloons and drag shows of the notorious Barbary Coast and Tenderloin, which was later mimicked by lesbians after the repeal of Prohibition. Faced with increasing civic harassment after World War II, both male and female communities politicized, mutated, and eventually collaborated in the homophile mo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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