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Sex in the City

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/9780520236042.003.0003
Sex in the City

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This chapter explores the adult-juvenile working-class relationship within the urban Northwest. It argues that the Andrew Dillige–Grover King and other similar relationships did not come to official attention as the result of objective application of the era's laws, instead, urban police forces in the Northwest purposely concentrated their surveillance of male-male sexual activities in the transient working-class neighborhoods. King faced charges of “vagrancy” even though his crime involved an act of sodomy. Immigrant males' sexual links to white “American” men and especially to white “American” youths deepened white middle-class racial and sexual fears. Selling sex was only part of the survival strategy for transient and other working-class boys in the urban setting. Evidence shows that some working-class men and youths who may have been homosexuals—perhaps even transgendered—did find their way into the urban Northwest's transient districts.

Keywords: urban Northwest; Andrew Dillige; Grover King; working-class men; youths; male-male sexual activities

Chapter.  17235 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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