Queer Sites: Gay Urban Histories Since 1600 - Gay Urban Histories since 1600 - David Higgs (1999)
ISBN 9780415158985
Genre History, Herstory
Subject Gay men - History; Gay men - Social life and customs; City and town life - History; Public spaces - History; Urban parks - History
Publisher Routledge
Publication Date 5/12/1999
Format Paperback (232 x 156 mm)
Language eng
Queer Sites: Gay Urban Histories Since 1600 offers a compelling history of gay space in seven of the world's major cities from the early modern period to the present. Describing gay space as an area with a significant gay/lesbian population, this collection of essays focuses on the changing nature of queer experience in London, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Paris, Lisbon and Moscow. The contributors, leading scholars in gay history, span a rich variety of disciplines and make extensive use of source material to examine the transition from the sexual furtiveness of centuries when male homosexual behavior was criminal, to the open affirmation of gay identities in the 1990s.

Original in its comparative approach to gay urban history, Queer Sites reveals the differences between the American model of gay male life and that of cities in other societies. By concentrating on the importance of the city and varied meeting places such as parks, river walks, bathing places, the street, bars and even churches, the book explores the extent to which gay space existed, the degree of social collectiveness felt by those who used this space and their individual histories.

Contributors: Dan Healey, Gert Hekma, David Higgs, Michael Sibalis, Randolph Trumbach and Les Wright.

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LoC Classification HQ76.Q43 1999
Dewey 305.38/96642
Cover Price $39.95
No. of Pages 224