Over the past few decades, rapid gentrification in New York City has led to the disappearance of many lesbian and queer spaces, displacing some of the most marginalized members of the LGBTQ+ community. In A Queer New York–the first lesbian-queer historical geography of New York City–I highlight the historic significance of these spaces, mapping the political, economic, and geographic dispossession of an important, thriving community that call and/or once called certain New York neighborhoods home. Focusing on well-known neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Crown Heights, I show how lesbian and queer neighborhoods have folded under the capitalist influence of white, wealthy gentrifiers who have ultimately failed to make room for them. Nevertheless, they highlight the ways lesbian and queer communities have succeeded in carving out spaces—and lives—in a city that has consistently pushed its most vulnerable citizens away.
A Queer New York is available at 30% off from NYU Press with the discount code QUEERNY30. A full version will be available open access on the NYU site soon, or you can read the book free of charge via gBooks here.
A companion website of maps and graphs about LGBTQ+ history in New York City in the late 20th and early 21st centuries can be found here.
Book Tour Dates, Locations, and Links
12 Nov 2020 Gender Arc, University of Amsterdam @ 2.30pm CMT
30 Jul 2020 “Queer traces in space and time” as part of the City / Data / Explosion Series organized by the art and culture association Bremen in cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg Initiative Bremen
25 Jan 2020 “A Queer New York” at the Department of Geography, University of Washington Seattle
And more forthcoming!