A Queer Capital
A History of Gay Life in Washington D.C.
By Genny Beemyn
Routledge – 2014 – 272 pages
Based on archival work, personal interviews, and literary history, A Queer Capital is a history of LGBT Washington D.C. during the long decades from the turn of the 20th century through the Eisenhower era. The book is a lively history of black and white gay communities and individuals, attesting to the vibrant cultural and intellectual life of a city sometimes believed to be neither. Of particular importance is the discussion of how racial identities and gay identities were interrelated during the period. A Queer Capital is a book for readers interested in gay life, in Washington DC history, and in African American life and culture in the first half of the twentieth century.
1. The Geography of Same-Sex Desire: Cruising Men in Washington D.C. in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
2. "Sentiments Expressed Here would be Misconstrued by Others": The Same-Sex Sexual Lives of Washington's Black Elite in the Early 20th Century
3. Race, Class, Gender, and the Changing Social Landscape of the Capital's LGBT Communities during and after World War II
4. The Policing of Same-Sex Desire in Postwar Washington
5. Changes and Continuities: Washington's LGBT Communities in the Last Half Century
Appendix: List of Narrators
Genny Beemyn is Director of The Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has published extensively on LGBT America, including The Lives of Transgender People.