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Men without Maps: Some Gay Males of the Generation before Stonewall

John Ibson


Before the movement commonly described as “gay liberation” was well under way, queer life in the United States is sometimes thought to have been a veritable prison of shame, repression, illegality, and invisibility. Indeed during the 1950s, on the very eve of the “liberation,” the United States experienced an especially harsh, widespread outbreak of homophobia—with countless arrests, lost jobs, even lost lives, in a fierce cultural orgy of mandatory heterosexuality. Focusing on several American males who lived before the “liberation,” in stories of agency as well as agony, of fulfillment and p ... More

Keywords: agency, mandatory heterosexuality, Stonewall, archival material, gay domesticity, gay liberation, homophobia, midcentury queer life, solitary queer men, male couple

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226656083
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226656250.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Ibson, author
California State University, Fullerton