When Brooklyn Was Queer - A History Book

When Brooklyn Was Queer - A History Book

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RELEASE DATE - 23 FEBRUARY 2021

The never-before-told story of Brooklyn's vibrant and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to the present day.

***An ALA GLBT Round Table Over the Rainbow 2019 Top Ten Selection***
***NAMED ONE OF THE BEST LGBTQ BOOKS OF 2019 by Harper's Bazaar***

"A romantic, exquisite history of gay culture."
Kirkus Reviews, starred

"[A] boisterous, motley new history...entertaining and insightful."
The New York Times Book Review

Hugh Ryan's When Brooklyn Was Queer is a groundbreaking exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the queer women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond. No other book, movie, or exhibition has ever told this sweeping story. Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighbourhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic erasure of its queer history--a great forgetting.

Ryan is here to unearth that history for the first time. In intimate, evocative, moving prose he discusses in new light the fundamental questions of what history is, who tells it, and how we can only make sense of ourselves through its retelling; and shows how the formation of the Brooklyn we know today is inextricably linked to the stories of the incredible people who created its diverse neighbourhoods and cultures. Through them, When Brooklyn Was Queer brings Brooklyn's queer past to life, and claims its place as a modern classic.

"Fascinating.... A number of celebrated creative types figure prominently.... Greater attention is given, however, to those who, once influential, have now been forgotten. Bringing them alive again is one of the valuable services Ryan's fine work contributes to queer history."
Book Riot

"You think Brooklyn is queer now? When Brooklyn Was Queer (St. Martin's Press) by Hugh Ryan traces the borough's vibrant, forgotten queer history beginning in the mid-1850s and continuing to the present day, essentially replacing the 'systematic erasure' of its longtime LGBTQ community and restoring its rightful place in the saga of Brooklyn."
The Bay Area Reporter

    Author Hugh Ryan
    Format Paperback
    Pages 320
    ISBN 9781250621405

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