Post-1945 United States

Queer Sex in the Archives: “Canonizing Homophile Sexual Respectability"

Whitney Strub Sometimes the queer stars align right when it’s needed most. Philadelphia has spent the past few decades effectively cultivating an LGBT-friendly reputation, as witnessed in last year’s groundbreaking trans-affirmative city ordinance. But a recent, vicious gaybashing incident in Center City, not to mention Pennsylvania’s unfortunate precedent as the […]

Sexual Pleasure, AIDS, and Gay Politics

Dan Royles In 2012, the FDA approved Truvada, a popular antiretroviral drug, for use by HIV-negative people to prevent infection. The use of Truvada for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, has been controversial. Veteran AIDS activist Larry Kramer has called HIV-negative gay men who elect to take the drug “cowardly.” Some gay […]

The Yellow Star and the Pink Triangle: Judaism and Gay Rights in the 1970s

Gillian Frank Homosexuals cannot reproduce—so they must recruit, and to freshen their ranks, they must recruit the youth of America. – Anita Bryant In 1977, Anita Bryant became the face of a right wing religious coalition, Save Our Children (SOC). SOC, which was based in Dade County Florida, enshrined into national conservative politics […]

Rethinking Bussing in the 1970s: The Sexual Politics of School Integration in the United States

Gillian Frank In 1972 in the nearly all-white suburbs of Detroit, opponents of bussing used sexual slurs to characterize the federal judge—Stephen Roth—who ordered suburban school districts to integrate with Detroit’s predominantly black schools. Bumper stickers of the 1972 election cycle appended to cars proclaimed, ‘Judge Roth is a child-molester,’ ‘Roth, […]