Cafés and Parades

Matti Bunzl

in Symptoms of Modernity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238428
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937208 | DOI:
Cafés and Parades

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On Saturday, June 29, 1996, Vienna witnessed an epoch-making event. On a gloriously sunny day, around ten-thousand marchers and twenty-thousand spectators populated the city's historic Ringstraβe to join Austria's first Regenbogen Parade (Rainbow Parade). For Austria's queers, the Regenbogen Parade was a watershed. In the course of a single day, it not only inscribed Vienna's lesbian/gay community in the city's social topography, but effectively suspended the country's postwar arrangements, which had consigned homosexuals to a self-evident closet. As such, the parade was both a massive act of resistive visibility and a crucial form of publicized identification. This chapter discusses the historical trajectory of Austria's lesbian/gay movement, which mirrored the development of queer communities across Western Europe and North America.

Keywords: homosexuals; queers; gays; lesbians; Regenbogen Parade; lesbian/gay movement

Chapter.  14544 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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