Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940


Winner of the 1994 "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize for history, this book challenges the conventional wisdom that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet. Based on years of research and access to private documents, including the diaries of gay man living in New York at the turn of the century, the author looks at a gay world which was not supposed to have existed. In his investigation of New York city, the gay capital of America for nearly a century, George Chauncey recreates the saloons, speakeasies and ...

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