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:

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Many men implicated in the 1912 scandal quickly departed Portland during the pandemonium that followed Benjamin Trout's confession, but most eventually did appear before some level of the Oregon judicial system. Not surprisingly, after serving time, most of those who were convicted or who pleaded guilty to charges abandoned the city once again. The events in Portland in 1912 shed new light on the 1950s' panic and, more generally, the history of anti-gay and lesbian sentiment in the United States; their analysis therefore revise some conventional views. The 1912 scandal encouraged broader society to develop yet one more weapon in its campaign of discrimination against working-class immigrant males, and to administer harsher social and legal penalties to men who expressed same-sex sexual desires.

Keywords: 1912 scandal; Portland; Benjamin Trout; Oregon judicial system; same-sex sexual desires; discrimination

Chapter.  2460 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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