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Wide-open town : a history of queer San Francisco to 1965

Author: Nan Alamilla Boyd
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2003] ©2003
Series: ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
Publication:ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Traces the history of gay men and lesbians in San Francisco, from the turn of the century, when queer bars emerged in San Francisco's tourist districts, to 1965, when a raid on a drag ball energized the gay community. Includes excerpts from oral histories of lesbians and gay men who have lived in San Francisco since the 1930s.

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2002151314
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nan Alamilla Boyd
ISBN: 0520204158 9780520204157 0520244745 9780520244740
OCLC Number: 50809053
Description: xii, 321 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : San Francisco was a wide-open town --
History / José Sarria --
Transgender and gay male cultures from the 1890s through the 1960s --
Oral history / Reba Hudson --
Lesbian space, lesbian territory : San Francisco's North Beach district, 1933-1954 --
Oral history / Joe Baron --
Policing queers in the 1940s and 1950s : harassment, prosecution, and the legal defense of gay bars --
Oral history / Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon --
A queer ladder of social mobility : San Francisco's homophile movements, 1953-1960 --
Oral history / George Mendenhall --
Queer cooperation and resistance : a gay and lesbian movement comes together in the 1960s --
Conclusion : marketing a queer San Francisco --
Appendix A. Map of North Beach queer bars and restaurants, 1933-1965 --
Appendix B. List of interviewees --
Series Title: ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Responsibility: Nan Alamilla Boyd.
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Traces the history of gay men and lesbians in San Francisco. This book argues that the communities forged inside bars and taverns functioned politically and, ultimately, offered practical and  Read more...


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"For anyone interested in as-yet-untold queer history, this is a must-read." - New York Blade News "Shows that as far back as the Gold Rush of 1849, [San Francisco] manifested a charmingly lax Read more...

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