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When Brooklyn Was Queer
When Brooklyn Was Queer | Hugh Ryan
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readtheworld
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Happy Pride Month! Rough Draft has a great selection of LGBTQ books to celebrate — including fiction, memoir, history, and kid lit. 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈

#worldpride #pridemonth #celebratepride #bookstore #roughdraftny #booktable

PS @Litsy is there any way to add a bookstore without creating a new LibraryThing account?

Litsy Currently, Litsy bookstores are tied to LibraryThing's Local database, so you do have to be a member of LT to do that. If you drop us a line (litsy@librarything.com) with a link to the bookstore website or details, we can usually create a LT Local entry for you, too. -Loranne 3mo
readtheworld @Litsy thanks, Loranne! 3mo
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suzisteffen
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Loved this #history of a borough where, even when we didn‘t know it, queer folks made lives and communities. My only regret was that it ended before Stonewall (which was, of course, in Manhattan) & didn‘t get into queer life in Brooklyn today. But great info and fascinating characters populate this history, which tells of poets, sex workers, carny “freaks,” Coney Island, both World Wars ... and Robert Moses. Brooklyn! 💪🏽🏳️‍🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 & 5⭐️.

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The full quote: “Although they may seem only slightly related, fears about ‘race mixing‘ and queer people were intimately connected, flip sides of the same eugenic coin.”

Uhhh has anything changed?

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suzisteffen
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#weekendreads
📚Still very much enjoying Hugh Ryan‘s WHEN BROOKLYN WAS QUEER - it‘s super fascinating about how our modern understanding of sexuality came about - and also Isabel Wilkerson‘s towering THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS. (& some short stories, & a science book or two).
📚📚 I don‘t have a fave, but I like 🤔
📚📚📚 Not counting the ones in this post, 🦉😍😂

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“Scratch that straight surface, however, and Brooklyn‘s queer history comes pouring out, full of poets, sailors, undercover cops dressed as sailors, brothels, sideshows, communes, rough trade, Nazi spies , trans men, dancers, machinists, pathbreakers, mythmakers, and more.” 😍🏳️‍🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🏳️‍🌈 #history

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Funny story: I preordered this book last May on Kobo. Then the university bookstore that I had connected to Kobo stopped selling books (only sportswear and textbooks now 😡) and I tried to change the bookstore designation on Kobo, but THEY WOULD NOT DO IT, so I had to get another Kobo account to connect to Powell‘s, w/ another email address, & they transferred my 📚. When this one dropped, I KNEW I had bought it on Kobo but I COULD NOT FIND IT. ⬇️

suzisteffen I searched and searched today and looked on all of my ebook sites and Libro.fm, and then I looked at my Gmail and like YES I GOT AN EMAIL FROM KOBO! Of course it‘s on the FORMER account. Kobo customer service continues to be about as bad as it can be, but IDC, I have my ebook. (I also have it as a print book! Lol.) Time to start! 4mo
Weaponxgirl That sounds hellish but this book looks awesome. It‘s been on my radar too. 4mo
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl Dealing with Kobo customer service was ... let‘s say I have a lot of screenshots. This part was just funny. (I want to get it on audio too because I know the author read it himself.) 4mo
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Ryan doesn't fall into the trap of just saying 'but they weren't gay back then'. We are given a better outline of why our modern terminology isn't sufficient. 'Gay' identities are centred, but also considers instances of trans identities and how these were blurred by concepts of inversion and the like - through military and naval life and their interactions with class and geography, the queer writer/poet/artists and entertainers of the periods.

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REQUIRED QUEER READING! ✨Today‘s #staffpick is When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan, from main floor manager Billy M.
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“A refreshing read. Unlike other queer histories, Ryan does not focus solely on the gay white male experience. We're shown stories that span the sexuality spectrum; proving that feelings, actions, & identities existed long before we could name them & in some cases were more widely accepted (or ignored) than they are today.“

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GOT MY #BOOKMAIL TODAY and so so so excited! #LGBTQIA #brooklyn #history 🏳️‍🌈😍❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💖💖💖

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