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Introduction

Peter Boag

in Same-Sex Affairs

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780520236042
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930698 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520236042.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter argues that Portland's modern “gay” male subculture first emerge within a middle-class and white racial framework, largely separate from the working classes and the racial and ethnic minority communities. It also considers the dynamics of same-sex desire and activities in the rural setting, investigating how these have significantly influenced sexuality in the city. Portland's story of varied male same-sex sexual systems and social responses to homosexuality is in a sense regional. Part 1 of this book addresses working-class male-male sexuality as manifest both in the Northwest's hinterlands and in major urban centers. Part 2 considers the same-sex affairs in middle-class people. Part 3 explores the 1912 scandal's impact on local and regional legal systems, on reformers' activities, and on broader cultural responses to homosexuality. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: male-male sexuality; same-sex affairs; Portland; gay; social responses; 1912 scandal

Chapter.  4278 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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