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Author Sears, James T. (James Thomas), 1951-
Title Rebels, rubyfruit, and rhinestones : queering space in the Stonewall South / by James T. Sears.
Imprint New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2001]

Author Sears, James T. (James Thomas), 1951-
Subject Lesbians -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century.
Gay men -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 420 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-398) and index.
Summary Publisher Fact Sheet A richly told history of queer Southern life in the 1970s, after the Stonewall uprising.
Annotation In a novelistic narrative, Sears (Harvard University) describes the lives and struggles of queers living in the south during the 1970. He follows the lives of a dozen people as they build community, work for change, and construct sexual identities--and while they marry, disco, play softball, and survive prison. Their stories give texture to the larger narrative, the history of the gay movement following the 1969 Stonewall riots. Sears describes the emerging gay culture, its increased visibility, and its influence on music and literature, the bar and disco scenes, and religious life. The relationships between the gay rights movement and other political efforts of the time are also discussed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Annotation In the decade following the 1969 clashes at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, the emergence of communities among Southern lesbians, bisexuals, gay men, and transgendered persons acquired new vibrancy. Where isolation and accommodation had characterized queer Southern life since World War II, the seventies were marked by networking and activism. In Rebels, Rubyfruit, and Rhinestones, award-winning writer James T. Sears tells the stories of queer history in the South through characters who shaped and were shaped by the events ushered in by the antiwar, civil rights, women's liberation, and gay movements. Sears builds upon his own earlier acclaimed book, Lonely Hunters, which details the post-World War II generation of Southern homosexuals. Sears interweaves stories of people and places to chronicle a distinctly Southern panorama of queer life in a time of transformation. He brings to light unforgettable people and events whose effect on America is still with us: A psychedelic queer wedding. Drag pageants. Motorcycle runs. Dyke softball. Fairy gatherings. Sears follows a dozen characters as they build communities of the heart, work for social change, construct sexual identities -- and muster the political clout to take on Anita Bryant and march on Washington. He describes the evolution of music and literature, the bar and disco scenes, and gay spirituality in cities and towns from Virginia to Texas. In rich, novelistic fashion, Sears explores how Southern queer communities emerged from a region and culture uniquely contoured by the divisions of race, social class, religion, and gender, showing how the newly constructed communities of the seventies both owed a debt to theirprecursors and looked hopefully to the future.
Note Print version record.
Contents Introduction: Toward a Community of Memory 1 -- 1 A Psychedelic Wedding 5 -- 2 Queen Bee 13 -- 3 Gay Is Good 20 -- 4 Pied Piper of Athena 34 -- 5 Bobby's Story 41 -- 6 Prometheus and the Tumblebugs 48 -- 7 Sunflowers and Trash 59 -- 8 Horny Bull 73 -- 9 Brigadistas and Barricades 86 -- 10 Fire and Decadence 96 -- 11 Atlas Shrugged 107 -- 12 Promised Land 119 -- 13 Sorority 131 -- 14 Separations 142 -- 15 Awakenings and Departures 150 -- 16 Seventy-five Lesbians 165 -- 17 Out in the Outfield 177 -- 18 Lexington Six 187 -- 19 Tidewater Struggles 197 -- 20 Time of Miracles 212 -- 21 Saving Children 226 -- 22 Breaking Silences 246 -- 23 Hurricane Warnings 265 -- 24 Eyes on the Prize 285 -- 25 A Gathering of Tribes 299 -- 26 Communities of Memory 312.
ISBN 0813532396 (electronic bk.)
9780813532394 (electronic bk.)
0813529646 (Trade Cloth)
OCLC # 65333824
Additional Format Print version: Sears, James T. (James Thomas), 1951- Rebels, rubyfruit, and rhinestones. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2001 0813529646 (DLC) 00068348 (OCoLC)45506012.

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