Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History from the Puritans to Playland

Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History from the Puritans to Playland A Harvard Student Expelled For Cross Dressing In The Early S, Th Century Citizens Fined For Same Sex Cohabitation, Touring Female Impersonators Of The Nineteenth Century, Early Th Century Women Who Passed As Men And Married Other WomenSurprising, Fun, And Magnificently Illustrated, Improper Bostonians Is The First Book To Depict The Last Three Centuries Of Gay And Lesbian Life In Boston The American City With The Longest Recognized History Of Gay And Lesbian Life And Is The Most Comprehensive And Meticulously Researched Gay City History Ever Written From The Trade Paperback Edition

Jewish American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives He is a Democrat and has represented Massachusetts s 4th congressional district since 1981 The district includes many of Boston s southern suburbs such as Brookline, Newton and Foxborough as well as the South Coast.Following the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives in the 2006 midterm elections

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  • Hardcover
  • 212 pages
  • Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History from the Puritans to Playland
  • Barney Frank
  • English
  • 25 January 2017
  • 9780807079485

10 thoughts on “Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History from the Puritans to Playland

  1. says:

    Such a cool project The book examines native New England cultures attitudes and roles for gay men and women, executed gay Puritans, Boston marriages aka lesbians living together , and other notable parts of Boston area LGBTQ history.We are offered images of erotic Native American petroglyphs in Maine and quotes from John Winthrop first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony s love letters to his friend William Springe We find out that on the seal of the city of Quincy just south of Boston is an image of Merrymount, a colony founded by Thomas Morton, essentially to have lots of sex including interracial and homosexual and do pagan things because he thought it was funny to give Puritans anxiety So many Boston based celebrities I didn t know were gay Michael Wigglesworth, who wrote that bestselling long poem, Day of Doom, was gay Aaron Burr s mother might have been gay she had an extremely romance like friendship with a female friend Emerson and Thoreau were probably gay Not for each other And Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville yes, for each other Okay, the eroticism between Queequeg and Ishmael in Moby Dick makes soooooo much sense Emily Dickinson was at least partially gay Margaret Fuller was in love with her cousin Anna And maybe Walt Whitman the Watch and Ward Society certainly thought so Other cool things in Boston s LGBT history A possibly lesbian and possibly mixed race Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man and fought and was wounded in the Revolutionary War Surprisingly, when this was discovered, she was honorably discharged, received a soldier s pension, and was considered a hero American s own Mulan Oddly, Ann Bailey, who did the same thing at the same time, was arrested and thrown in jail for it At the turn of the 19th 20th century, there were spinster clubs full of single women with close relationship bonds who went hiking in the mountains and on other adventures together Girls boarding schools and colleges had a practice called smashing where one girl basically sends love letters and gifts to another until she gets her attention and reciprocates, and then they spend all their time together and spoon in bed Boston marriages, of course, get a lot of attention in this book The most notable of them is that of Alice James sister of Henry James and Katharine Peabody the inspiration for Henry James s The Bostonians up next on my reading list and the conclusion of my Boston based book list yayyy There are some horrid stories of police raids of gay bars in post WWII era where the gay men would be arrested and the lesbians would be taken into a back room to give the police a blow job to avoid being arrested.So sad to think that queer bars that are described as still open at the time this book was published 1998 have all since closed Playland, Napoleon I d have loved to go to those.

  2. says:

    In the 1990 s an incredible group of people pulled together a history of Boston and its residents that focused on people who would likely have self identified on the LGBTQ spectrum if they were alive today and looked at the legal documents of their contemporaries to understand how they were being judged and treated by society It feels in some places like the work of many authors and because it came out of an exhibition that was on display at BPL in 1996, there is sometimes a dearth or explanatory text For a book that came out pre 2000 though, the graphical layout is remarkably clean and there is an incredible self awareness that while most recorded history was only recorded by a minority of literate record keepers, stories must be told The authors point to information about local Native American sexual identity and go out of the way to find stories about women and people of color though interestingly, they re better about it earlier in the book and the last section from 1945 to 1969 is heavily about gay white men and their bars While I understand the tremendous impact of this research when it came out, I would love to see a 1960 to 2020 version in a few years that includes everything from the Combahee River Collective to Maura Healy and the Names Project AIDS Quilt to the legalization of same sex marriage.

  3. says:

    An interesting scrapbook of pictures and short texts about sexual and gender deviance throughout Boston s history Almost every page raises a wish to know about that snippet of history luckily, it s heavily footnoted, and research is continuing, which should lead to publications in the future Brevity takes the greatest toll on context setting paragraphs to sum up a broad historical development in a few sentences can only be done by great vagueness or great oversimplification, and this book largely opts for the second.Some of the pages I found most appealing were those on Thomas Morton s Merrymount Michael Wigglesworth s diary portraits of Margaret Fuller, Louise Guiney, and other women Harriet Hosmer s sculpture studio Edward Perry Warren s art collection F O Mathiessen s self discovery Eleanora Sears the athlete Mary Driscoll, another powerful woman, although as anti vice crusading chair of the Boston Licensing Board

  4. says:

    This compilation of photographs and documents from a variety of primary sources explores the history of LGBT Boston from its earliest days to the Stonewall era Stemming from a display at the Boston Public Library, the book is thus largely visually based, giving only tidbits of information about each person or place or trend Source notes are included for those interested in exploring the topic in depth.

  5. says:

    A great history of gay alesbian peoiple in Massachusetts from the beginning of the colony to publishing date It would probably be a little boring to people not familiar with Boston as it is a very localized history, but a good history nonetheless, and a great read for those who want to understand why Mass is the ONLY gay marriage state in the union.

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