The Meaning of Gay: Interaction, Publicity, and Community Among Homosexual Men in 1960s San Francisco J. Todd Ormsbee

ISBN: 9780739115985

Published: March 8th 2010

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354 pages


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The Meaning of Gay: Interaction, Publicity, and Community Among Homosexual Men in 1960s San Francisco  by  J. Todd Ormsbee

The Meaning of Gay: Interaction, Publicity, and Community Among Homosexual Men in 1960s San Francisco by J. Todd Ormsbee
March 8th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 354 pages | ISBN: 9780739115985 | 9.29 Mb

Homosexual men in San Francisco had started the 1960s interacting mostly in private, informal groups, meeting in bars and house parties. But by 1972, the city had a gay community and gay pride, all celebrated with a parade. Through numerousMoreHomosexual men in San Francisco had started the 1960s interacting mostly in private, informal groups, meeting in bars and house parties.

But by 1972, the city had a gay community and gay pride, all celebrated with a parade. Through numerous organizations and publications, gay men created a counter-publicity to fight against their domination and subordination, and had begun to try to build a community that would foster deeper, more meaningful relationships with each other. The emergent counter-publicity and community in turn created the social spaces necessary for gay men to create an expanding range of possible meanings for their gayness, meanings that aligned more closely with their experiences and which better helped them meet their needs and desires.

The gayness they created could expand and contract depending on the needs and circumstances of the individual or group. Rather than the typical story of the evolution from conservative to radical social movement, The Meaning of Gay sees the development of gay politics as the shift from the need to establish a public-facing gayness in the early 1960s, to the community building efforts that began in the mid-1960s, through the efforts to create a gayness based in authenticity, brotherhood, and revolution in the early 1970s.

Each of these developments flowed from gay mens responses to the swiftly changing San Francisco and American environment. The dramatic explosion of possibilities for gayness that emerged during the 1960s may serve as a touchstone for those concerned with the problems of gay male life in the twenty-first century.

This book traces these developments as they was recorded in the gay periodicals of the era, and analyzes them from the perspective of John Deweys theory of mind, desire, public, valuation, and democratic community.



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