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Author Ryan, Hugh, 1978- author.

Title When Brooklyn was queer / Hugh Ryan.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
©2019

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 Moore Stacks  HQ73.3.U62 B76 2019    Available  ---
Edition First edition.
Description 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Summary "The groundbreaking, never-before-told story of Brooklyn's vibrant and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to the present day. When Brooklyn Was Queer is a groundbreaking exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond. No other book, movie, or exhibition has ever told this sweeping story. Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic erasure of its queer history--a great forgetting. Ryan is here to unearth that history for the first time, and show how the formation of Brooklyn is inextricably linked to the stories of the incredible people who created the Brooklyn we know today. Folks like Ella Wesner and Florence Hines, the most famous drag kings of the late-1800s; E. Trondle, a transgender man whose arrest in Brooklyn captured headlines for weeks in 1913; Hamilton Easter Field, whose art commune in Brooklyn Heights nurtured Hart Crane and John Dos Passos; Mabel Hampton, a black lesbian who worked as a dancer at Coney Island in the 1920s; Gustave Beekman, the Brooklyn brothel owner at the center of a WWII gay Nazi spy scandal; and Josiah Marvel, a curator at the Brooklyn Museum who helped create a first-of-its-kind treatment program for gay men arrested for public sex in the 1950s. Through their stories, WBWQ brings Brooklyn's queer past to life"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-298) and index.
Contents Prologue: Brooklyn, Thanksgiving 1940 -- Introduction -- From Leaves of grass to the Brooklyn Bridge: the rise of the queer waterfront, 1855-1883 -- Becoming visible, 1883-1910 -- Criminal perverts, 1910-1920 -- A growing world, 1920-1930 -- "The beginning of the end, " 1930-1940 -- Brooklyn at war, 1940-1945 -- The great erasure, 1945-1969 -- Epilogue.
Summary A groundbreaking exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond. Brooklyn has always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has been a systematic erasure of its queer history. Ryan shows how the formation of Brooklyn is inextricably linked to the stories of the incredible people who created the Brooklyn we know today: drag kings, transgender men, black lesbians and brothel owners. Through their stories, Ryan brings Brooklyn's queer past to life. -- adapted from publisher info.
Subject Sexual minorities -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 19th century.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century.
Sexual minorities.
New York (State) -- New York.
New York (State) -- New York -- Brooklyn.
Chronological Term 1800-1999
Genre/Form Nonfiction.
History.
ISBN 9781250169914 hardcover
1250169917 hardcover
9781250169921 electronic book