Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965

  • Title: Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965
  • Author: Nan Alamilla Boyd
  • ISBN: 9780520244740
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wide Open Town A History of Queer San Francisco to Wide Open Town 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 when a raid on a drag ba
    Wide Open Town 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 changed the course of queer history Bringing to life the striking personalities and vibrant milieu that fueled this era, Nan Alamilla Boyd examines the culture that develoWide Open Town 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 changed the course of queer history Bringing to life the striking personalities and vibrant milieu that fueled this era, Nan Alamilla Boyd examines the culture that developed around the bar scene and homophile activism She argues that the communities forged inside bars and taverns functioned politically and, ultimately, offered practical and ideological responses to the policing of San Francisco s queer and transgender communities Using police and court records, oral histories, tourist literature, and manuscript collections from local and state archives, Nan Alamilla Boyd explains the phenomenal growth of San Francisco as a wide open town a town where anything goes She also relates the early history of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement that took place in San Francisco prior to 1965.Wide Open Town argues that police persecution forged debates about rights and justice that transformed San Francisco s queer communities into the identity based groups we see today In its vivid re creation of bar and drag life, its absorbing portrait of central figures in the communities, and its provocative chronicling of this period in the country s most transgressive city, Wide Open Town offers a fascinating and lively new chapter of American queer history.

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    1. What I learned: is that I'm going to hire a copy-editor to give my diss the once-over before letting anyone publish it. It's chock full of interesting facts, and I like her way of introducing chapters with an extended interview exerpt that gets at the time, and I have no problem with the way she wants to privilege bar-patron culture (although I wish she'd made the class issue between bar patrons and activists more explicit). However, the book is a mess. The same evidential annecdotes are used ov [...]

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    2. I enjoyed this book. It was a lighter read than I would have expected. I feared it would have been too academic to enjoy. Although not full of antidotes, it does have some personal histories before each chapter, and some sprinkled in the different chapters. It focuses mainly on lesbian life in San Francisco from the early part of the 20th Century to 1965. Although there are mentions of bars and organizations that gay men frequented, went to, and were a part of. I live in San Francisco, so it was [...]

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    3. it feels very tired to suggest that this is required reading for any politically-involved queer person living in san francisco but if you're planning on doing any work here the history in this book does seem to help explain some things. while not knowing everything there is to know about new york, i finished the book with the impression of why something like stonewall didn't happen here. the evidence provided here leads me to guess it has something to do with trans identity and race. i read this [...]

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    4. I read this book on the tails of Chauncey's Gay New York (also an interesting book), and the two really complimented each other. Boyd's book picks up the narrative of the Gay and Lesbian Rights movement in the U.S. at the dawn of the twentieth century and goes up to the opening years of the 1960s, years which saw incredible gains in the rights of Gays and Lesbians before New York City experienced the awakening of Stonewall. It is the comparison between New York City, whose events in the rights m [...]

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    5. As usual, I finished this book a long time ago and forgot to review itI liked this book. It's full of stories of people who lived queer lives well before Stonewall, well before I came out (in 1973). I'd recommend it to LGBT people and allies who are interested in what things were like "back then". So many of those chronicled in this book have died. We need to know and appreciate their stories and what they did to create the world that is changing for the better so rapidly today.

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    6. A history of the emergence of the gay community in San Francisco. She talks about the differences between gay bar culture and homophile political movements and where/when they merge. I love that city.

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    7. Professional historians always get really excited about the way Nan Boyd uses oral history in this book. Anybody interested in historical methods will certainly get excited about this. But unlike most books that excite professional historians, this one speaks to pretty much everyone.

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    8. Well-researched book that shows the interdependence of bar culture and homophile groups in laying the groundwork for a gay rights movement based on civil rights.

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    9. Bought this book for research. Absolutely love the stories, the details, and the footnotes! But, I would read this book even if it weren't for research.

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