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

A Harvard Student Expelled For Cross Dressing In The Early 1600s, 17th Century Citizens Fined For Same Sex Cohabitation, Touring Female Impersonators Of The Nineteenth Century, Early 20th Century Women Who Passed As Men And Married Other Women.Surprising, 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.Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History from the Puritans to Playland

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
  • 10 March 2018
  • 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 be...

  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 st...

  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 page...

  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 eac...

  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...

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