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Get Thee to a Big City: Sexual Imaginary and the Great Gay Migration

Get Thee to a Big City: Sexual Imaginary and the Great Gay Migration 0 1995 OPA (Overseas Publishers Association) Amsterdam B.V. Published under license by Gordon and Brrarh Scienre Publishers SA Printed in the United States of America 610: II JOURNAL OF LESBIAN 16AY STUDIES ship, homosexuality in rural areas was far from my mind. Tired of reading studies of “gay people” top-heavy with white, male college students, I hoped that my seven years’ residence in the city would provide the contacts necessary to create a study that attended to racial, ethnic, and class relations. I selected San Francisco not as a field site that could represent all “gay people,” but rather for its internationally unique reputation as a gay city. Armed with anecdotal evidence about gay migration patterns to the Bay Area, I expected to encounter lesbians and gay men who had begun their lives in many parts of the country. At the time I felt such a geographical distribution might compensate for the widespread tendency to interpret every “community study” as a study of “gay people in the United States.” In 1992 I was invited to participate in a small working conference on rural women and feminist issues. “I didn’t know you worked on rural women,” a colleague commented http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Duke University Press

Get Thee to a Big City: Sexual Imaginary and the Great Gay Migration

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Publisher
Duke University Press
Copyright
Copyright 1995 by Duke University Press
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1064-2684
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1527-9375
DOI
10.1215/10642684-2-3-253
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Abstract

0 1995 OPA (Overseas Publishers Association) Amsterdam B.V. Published under license by Gordon and Brrarh Scienre Publishers SA Printed in the United States of America 610: II JOURNAL OF LESBIAN 16AY STUDIES ship, homosexuality in rural areas was far from my mind. Tired of reading studies of “gay people” top-heavy with white, male college students, I hoped that my seven years’ residence in the city would provide the contacts necessary to create a study that attended to racial, ethnic, and class relations. I selected San Francisco not as a field site that could represent all “gay people,” but rather for its internationally unique reputation as a gay city. Armed with anecdotal evidence about gay migration patterns to the Bay Area, I expected to encounter lesbians and gay men who had begun their lives in many parts of the country. At the time I felt such a geographical distribution might compensate for the widespread tendency to interpret every “community study” as a study of “gay people in the United States.” In 1992 I was invited to participate in a small working conference on rural women and feminist issues. “I didn’t know you worked on rural women,” a colleague commented

Journal

GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1995

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