Title

It's not queer to be gay : Miami and the emergence of the gay rights movement, 1945-1995

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

History

First Advisor's Name

Darden A. Pyron

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Alex Lichtenstein

Third Advisor's Name

Alex Stepick

Fourth Advisor's Name

Aurora Morcillo

Fifth Advisor's Name

Sherry Johnson

Date of Defense

6-14-2011

Abstract

This work chronicles how queer individuals politicized their same-sex desires from the post-World War II era to the mid-1990s. Using Miami as a site of exploration, this work demonstrates the shift from understanding homosexuality as a same-sex "desire" to a distinct form of "civil rights." It argues that by no means was it inevitable that queer issues entered the American political mainstream.

This project pays particular attention to Miami's Cuban exile community, as it managed to garner great socio-political power in the city. Like others in the city's power structure, Miami's Cuban exiles were also fundamentally traditionalists. Together, these phenomena crystallized into a matrix of obstacles that stunted the growth of the gay rights movement. This work demonstrates the historical dynamics of sexuality and politics by contextualizing immigration, ethnicity, race, consumerism, and Cold War domestic and foreign policy.

Identifier

FI14052565

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