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City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves


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List of Figures Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction Part I. Everyday Geographies, 1945-1972 1. Your Place or Mine?: Residential Zones in the "City of Neighborhoods" 2. "No-Man's-Land": Commercial Districts n the "Quaker City" 3. The Death and life of Public Space in the "Private City" Part II. Public Cultures, 1945-1960 4. "The Most Fabulous Faggot in the Land" 5. The "Objectionable" Walt Whitman Bridge 6. Rizzo's Raiders and Beaten Beats Part III. Political Movements, 1960-1969 7. "Come Out! Come Out! Wherever You Are!" 1960 8. "Earnestly Seeking Respectability," 1960-1963 9. "News for 'Queers' and Fiction for 'Perverts,'" 1963-1967 10. "The Masculine-Feminine Mystique," 1967-1969 Part IV. Twin Revolutions? 1969-1972 11. "Turning Points," 1969-1970 12. Gay Liberation n the "Birthplace of the Nation," 1970-1971 13. Radicalesbian Feminism in the "Fillydykia," 1971-1972 Conclusion: Sexual Pride, Sexual Conservatism Notes Index

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A path-breaking history of the vibrant Philadelphia lesbian and gay community

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Marc Stein is the former editor of Gay Community News in Bostan and currently Associate Professor in the Department of History, York University.


Until now, historians have ignored Philadelphia's gay history, focusing instead on that of New York or San Francisco. An assistant professor of history at Toronto's York University, Stein argues that Philly's history is equally colorful and unique. Drawing on extensive interviews with people involved in the city's gay community over the last 60 years, local gay and mainstream publications and minutes from the meetings of both the city government and homosexual groups, Stein charts the growth of a vibrant pre-Stonewall gay and lesbian community, its subsequent political struggles and grassroots efforts and its emergence in the radical gay movement of the 1970s. He is at his best when describing the relationship between gay men and lesbians amid the city's complex network of neighborhoods and their successes and difficulties in working on political and social projects together. And when he turns his focus to smaller details--such as the Catholic Church's campaign against naming a new bridge after Walt Whitman or the impact on national politics of Drum, a 1960s Philly-based gay magazine--the result can be engaging and informative. In the end, however, this well-intentioned book too often reads like a doctoral thesis, with insights that are often obvious or academic. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"Important and provocative, this book persuasively demonstrates that lesbian and gay history is central to understanding twentieth-century urban culture. And it rejects mere celebration for a more profound scrutiny that balances liberal against conservative aspects of the historical challenge to heterosexism." --Martin Duberman, author of Stonewall "By leaving behind the gay meccas of New York and San Francisco and training his gaze on Philadelphia, Stein has produced a gay and lesbian history that startles and informs." --John D'Emilio, author of Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities "Eye-opening, often entertaining...Filled with colorful anecdotes and fun facts...Let's think of what Marc Stein has done as an act of public service to Philadelphia's gay community." --Kevin Riordan, Philadelphia Gay News "Philadelphians should be proud of the courage and creativity with which their lesbian and gay fellow citizens coped with and fought oppression in the Cradle of Liberty, and Stein can clearly be proud of his pioneering book." --Doug Ireland, Philadelphia Inquirer

The history of sexual minorities has advanced to the point where historians can focus on tight studies of local conditions. Stein's detailed study of lesbian and gay Philadelphia from 1945 to 1972 will set the pattern for future studies of its kind. Theoretically sophisticated yet accessible, it is important beyond the bounds of concern of gays, lesbians, or Philadelphia. Stein (history, York Univ., Toronto) weaves a dense, richly documented narrative of the interactions of men and women and their political growing pains as they wage a human-rights struggle during tumultuous times and against an oppressive city government. He also portrays the development of a nascent and diverse subculture. Those who find historical writing too obscure for the average reader will appreciate Stein's evocative, insightful prose. By demonstrating how groups of various sexual and political orientations can work together, he amends the adage "the personal is political," adding that the local reveals the nation. Highly recommended.--David Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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