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The Queerness of Home

Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Domesticity after World War II

Stephen Vider

The Queerness of Home

Stephen Vider

304 pages | 57 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2021
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226808369 Will Publish December 2021
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226808192 Will Publish December 2021
E-book $28.99 ISBN: 9780226808222 Will Publish December 2021
Vider uncovers how LGBTQ people reshaped domestic life in the postwar United States.

From the Stonewall riots in 1969 to the ACT UP protests of the 1980s and ’90s, histories of queer and trans politics have almost exclusively centered on public activism. In The Queerness of Home, Stephen Vider shifts the focus inward, showing that the intimacy of domestic space has been equally crucial to the history of postwar LGBTQ life.

Beginning in the 1940s, LGBTQ activists looked more and more to the home as a site of connection, care, and cultural inclusion. Long portrayed as quintessential outsiders, LGBTQ people creatively reconfigured the American household to make room for their romantic and sexual relationships and communities. They struggled with the conventions of marriage, challenged the gendered codes of everyday acts like cooking, resisted isolation by reimagining the home’s architecture, and contested the racial and class boundaries of kinship and belonging through communes, shelters, and caregiving networks. Retelling LGBTQ history from the inside out, Vider reveals the surprising ways the home became, and remains, a charged site in battles for social and economic justice. LGBTQ people not only realized new forms of community and culture for themselves—they remade the possibilities of home life for everyone.
Introduction: The Politics and Performance of Home

Part One. Integrations
Chapter One. “Something of a Merit Badge”: Lesbian and Gay Marriage and Romantic Adjustment
Chapter Two. “Oh Hell, May, Why Don’t You People Have a Cookbook?”: Camp Humor and Gay Domesticity

Part Two. Revolutions
Chapter Three. “The Ultimate Extension of Gay Community”: Communal Living, Gay Liberation, and the Reinvention of the Household
Chapter Four. “Fantasy Is the Beginning of Creation”: Imagining Lesbian Feminist Architecture

Part Three. Reforms
Chapter Five. “Some Hearts Go Hungering”: Homelessness and the First Wave of LGBTQ Shelter Activism
Chapter Six. “Picture a Coalition”: Community Caregiving and the Politics of HIV/AIDS at Home
Epilogue: The Futures of the Queer Home
Review Quotes
Scott Herring, author of The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture
The Queerness of Home is a consequential achievement. Like any historian worth their salt, Vider knows how to tell a tale: this book’s prose is witty and clear as a mountain stream. More than that, it makes an irrefutable case that twentieth-century domestic environments have been momentous for LGBTQ individuals in the modern United States.”
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