A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington D.C.


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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Genny Beemyn is Director of The Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has published extensively in LGBTQ Studies, including The Lives of Transgender People.


Genny Beemyn's A Queer Capital is at once exhilarating and moving. Brimming with newly discovered information and vibrant sketches of people and historical events brought together with a fresh eye and original analysis, A Queer Capital is an important addition to academic and popular studies of LGBT American history.

--Michael Bronski, author of A Queer History of the United States

A must-read addition to community studies, Beemyn's account achieves a unique balance between detail from personal stories and the larger social context of DC and the nation. The centrality of race and class to any understanding of LGBT lives is demonstrated throughout the clear, engaging narrative.

--Vicki L. Eaklor, author of Queer America: A People's GLBT History of the United States

Genny Beemyn tells compelling stories of individual lives, communities, and social spaces, in the process showing how racial segregation and class division shaped the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the District of Columbia. This is a community history that, like the best of them, enlarges the big picture of the queer past.
--Leila J. Rupp, author of Sapphistries: A Global History of Love between Women

A Queer Capital is a meticulously researched study of the shifting social and cultural geography of LGBT life throughout the 20th century in Washington D.C. Beemyn pays close attention to the entwined dynamics of race, gender, and class in this history, and provides a welcome addition to the historical literature.

--Christina Hanhardt, author of Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence

Beemyn, director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, offers a fascinating account of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) life in Washington, DC... Beemyn's work is sweeping in chronology and scope. Particularly illuminating is their analysis of how race, gender, class, and region shaped (and continue to shape) LGBT experiences, communities, and identities. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduate collections and above.

-- L. M. Puaca, Christopher Newport University in CHOICE