Queer Sites is
a history of gay space in seven of the world’s major cities from the early modernperiod to the present. The book focuses on the changing nature of queer experience in London,Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Paris, Lisbon and Moscow, and examines the transitionfrom the sexual furtiveness of centuries when male homosexual behavior was criminal, to the openaffirmation of gay identities in the 1990s.The book provides an interdisciplinary analysis of extensive source material, including diaries,poems, legal accounts and journalistic material. Original in its comparative approach to gay urbanhistory, the work reveals the differences between the American model of gay male life and that of cities in other societies, and the impact of changing regimes. By concentrating on the importance of the city and varied meeting places such as parks, river walks, bathing places, the street, bars and evenchurches, the essays explore the extent to which gay space existed and the degree of socialcollectiveness felt by those who used this space.
offers compelling individual histories anddiscusses the gay past beyond living witnesses.
is Professor of History at the University of Toronto.