By Nan Alamilla Boyd,Horacio N. Roque Ramirez

Bodies of facts: The perform of Queer Oral History is the 1st e-book to supply critical scholarly perception into the methodological practices that form lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer oral histories. each one bankruptcy pairs an oral background excerpt with an essay during which the oral historian addresses his or her tools and practices. With an afterword by way of John D'Emilio, this assortment allows readers to check the function reminiscence, hope, sexuality, and gender play in documenting LGBTQ groups and cultures.

The ancient issues addressed contain Fifties and '60s lesbian bar tradition; social lifestyles after the Cuban revolution; the association of transvestite social golf equipment within the U.S. midwest within the Sixties; Australian homosexual liberation activism within the Seventies; San Francisco electoral politics and the profession of Harvey Milk; Asian American neighborhood organizing in pre-AIDS la; lesbian feminist "sex battle" cultural politics; Eighties and '90s Latina/o transgender group reminiscence and activism in San Francisco; and the battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The methodological issues contain questions of silence, sexual self-disclosure and voyeurism, the intimacy among researcher and narrator, and the social and political commitments negotiated via a number of oral background interviews. The ebook additionally examines the creation of comparative racial and sexual identities and the relative strengths of same-sexuality, cross-sexuality, and cross-ideology interviewing.

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