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Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet

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$42.00 • £33.95 • €38.00

ISBN 9780674008045

Publication Date: 04/30/2002

Academic Trade

480 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

16 tables


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • I. The Apartheid of the Closet
    • Masquerade and the Law, 1880–1946
    • Kulturkampf and the Threatening Closet, 1946–1961
    • Coming Out and Challenging the Closet, 1961–1981
  • II. Remnants of the Closet (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell)
    • Hardwick and Historiography
    • The Sexualized First Amendment
    • Multivocal Prejudices and Homo Equality
  • III. After the Closet: Queer Theory and the Sexual State
    • Sexual Consent Paradoxes
    • Beyond Families We Choose
    • Religion and Homosexuality: Equality Practice
  • Appendixes Regulating Sexual and Gender Variation in the United States
    • A. Early Municipal and State Regulation
      • State Consensual Sodomy Laws, 1610–1998
      • Municipal Sex Offense Ordinances, 1850–1950
      • State Criminal Laws Protecting the Sexuality of Male as Well as Female Minors, 1870–1970
    • B. Modern State and Municipal Regulation
      • State Sexual Psychopath Laws, 1935–1961
      • State and Municipal Laws against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, 1972–1998
      • State and Federal Policies Discriminating on the Basis of Sexual or Gender Variation, 1998
    • C. Statistics
      • Sodomy Arrests, Twelve American Cities, 1875–1965
      • Reported “Sodomy” Cases, 1880–1995
      • “Degenerates” Arraigned in New York City’s Magistrates’ Courts, 1915–1962
      • Sex Offense Arrests in St. Louis, 1874–1946
      • Military Personnel Discharged on Grounds of Homosexuality, 1947–1998
      • Sexual Outlaws Debarred from Entering the United States by Immigration Authorities, 1892–1956
  • Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2001 Stonewall Book Award–Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association
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