By Genny Beemyn

ISBN-10: 0415921724

ISBN-13: 9780415921725

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

From the flip of the 20th century during the Nineteen Eighties, Beemyn explores the reviews of homosexual humans in Washington, exhibiting how they created their very own groups, fought for his or her rights, and, within the technique, helped to alter the rustic. Combining wealthy own tales with willing historic research, A Queer Capital offers 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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Although he found the experiences “too horrible” to write much about, Bealer was robbed by men he met on at least two occasions. In 1922, a man whom he brought home with him stole about nine dollars’ worth of unused stamps from his brother’s trunk. 43 Thus while the parks were the most visible and popular location for men, especially white men, to meet each other for sex, this prominence also made these sites the most dangerous. For Bealer and many other men seeking same-sex sexual relationships, the chance to find romantic and sexual partners seems to have been worth the risk, at least initially.

In 1922, a man whom he brought home with him stole about nine dollars’ worth of unused stamps from his brother’s trunk. 43 Thus while the parks were the most visible and popular location for men, especially white men, to meet each other for sex, this prominence also made these sites the most dangerous. For Bealer and many other men seeking same-sex sexual relationships, the chance to find romantic and sexual partners seems to have been worth the risk, at least initially. Other possible locations to meet men may have been less likely to draw the attention of the police and hostile outsiders.

One such place in the capital in the early 1920s was the Krazy Kat, which Bealer described as “a ‘Bohemian’ joint in an old stable up an alley near Thomas Circle,” not far from Franklin Park. According to Bealer’s brother, Lewis, its clientele included “artists, musicians, atheists, [and] professors,” some of whom seem to have been white men attracted to other men. 54 But Bealer did provide directions one night in Lafayette Square to two white youths from Philadelphia who asked him about the place.

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