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Gay New York

Gay New York

Author: George Chauncey

Year Published: 1994

Description: In Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, author George Chauncey uses personal records, oral histories and legal documents to paint a vivid portrait of the gay community in New York from the turn of the century through World War II, an era during which it was previously assumed that such a community didn't openly exist. Its publication in 1994 was timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a major turning point in the gay rights movement, although, according to Chauncey, not the start of it.

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