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We don't usually associate thriving queer culture with rural America, but John Howard's unparalleled history of queer life in the South persuasively debunks the myth that same-sex desires can't find expression outside the big city. In fact, this book shows that the nominally conservative institutions of small-town life—home, church, school, and workplace—were the very sites where queer sexuality flourished. As Howard recounts the life stories of the ordinary and the famous, often in their own words, he also locates the material traces of queer sexuality in the landscape: from the farmhouse to the church social, from sports facilities to roadside rest areas.

Spanning four decades, Men Like That complicates traditional notions of a post-WWII conformist wave in America. Howard argues that the 1950s, for example, were a period of vibrant queer networking in Mississippi, while during the so-called "free love" 1960s homosexuals faced aggressive oppression. When queer sex was linked to racial agitation and when key civil rights leaders were implicated in homosexual acts, authorities cracked down and literally ran the accused out of town.

In addition to firsthand accounts, Men Like That finds representations of homosexuality in regional pulp fiction and artwork, as well as in the number one pop song about a suicidal youth who jumps off the Tallahatchie Bridge. And Howard offers frank, unprecedented assessments of outrageous public scandals: a conservative U.S. congressman caught in the act in Washington, and a white candidate for governor accused of patronizing black transgender sex workers.

The first book-length history of the queer South, Men Like That completely reorients our presuppositions about gay identity and about the dynamics of country life.

Synopsis:

"[O]ne of the most important books yet written about gay life in the U.S."-Choice

This unparalleled history of queer life in the South persuasively challenges the commonly accepted idea that same-sex desire cannot find expression outside the big city. Spanning four decades, Men Like That recounts the life stories of both the ordinary and the famous-often in their own words-and traces queer sexuality throughout its rural landscape.

About the Author

John Howard is a Lecturer in American studies at King's College, University of London. He is the editor of Carryin' On in the Lesbian and Gay South and The Bitterweed Path.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One

1. Ones and Twos

2. Sites

3. Movements

Part Two

4. Norms and Laws

5. Representations

6. Politics and Beliefs

7. Scandals

Epilogue

Appendix 1: A Note on Interviews

Appendix 2: Carl Corley Bibliography

Appendix 3: Population of Selected Mississippi Communities, Towns, and Cities

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226354705
Author:
Howard, John
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Gays in popular culture
Subject:
Rural gay men
Subject:
African American gays
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Number:
1st. pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 01-14
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 halftones, 4 maps
Pages:
395
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"[O]ne of the most important books yet written about gay life in the U.S."-Choice

This unparalleled history of queer life in the South persuasively challenges the commonly accepted idea that same-sex desire cannot find expression outside the big city. Spanning four decades, Men Like That recounts the life stories of both the ordinary and the famous-often in their own words-and traces queer sexuality throughout its rural landscape.

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