By Nan Alamilla Boyd
Bodies of proof: The perform of Queer Oral History is the 1st ebook to supply critical scholarly perception into the methodological practices that form lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer oral histories. every one bankruptcy pairs an oral background excerpt with an essay during which the oral historian addresses his or her equipment and practices. With an afterword by means of John D'Emilio, this assortment permits readers to check the function reminiscence, hope, sexuality, and gender play in documenting LGBTQ groups and cultures.
The ancient issues addressed comprise Nineteen Fifties and '60s lesbian bar tradition; social existence after the Cuban revolution; the association of transvestite social golf equipment within the U.S. midwest within the Nineteen Sixties; Australian homosexual liberation activism within the Seventies; San Francisco electoral politics and the profession of Harvey Milk; Asian American group organizing in pre-AIDS la; lesbian feminist ''sex war'' cultural politics; Nineteen Eighties and '90s Latina/o transgender neighborhood reminiscence and activism in San Francisco; and the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The methodological subject matters comprise questions of silence, sexual self-disclosure and voyeurism, the intimacy among researcher and narrator, and the social and political commitments negotiated via a number of oral background interviews. The e-book additionally examines the construction of comparative racial and sexual identities and the relative strengths of same-sexuality, cross-sexuality, and cross-ideology interviewing
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LAURA: Yes, I have my partner. CARRIE: Yes? And how long have you been together? LAURA: Almost eleven months. CARRIE: Well, tell me something. How did you meet? What are they like? LAURA: Ah! Now you want to know too much. Well, we’d known each other for some time already. What I didn’t know was that there was an interest. Very frank. We Cubans are very open, and one fine day he challenged me. ” I was left like that, thinking well so-and-so’s a bit cheeky. But well, that’s where it started and now we’ve been together a number of months; everything’s really good.
What are they like? LAURA: Ah! Now you want to know too much. Well, we’d known each other for some time already. What I didn’t know was that there was an interest. Very frank. We Cubans are very open, and one fine day he challenged me. ” I was left like that, thinking well so-and-so’s a bit cheeky. But well, that’s where it started and now we’ve been together a number of months; everything’s really good. Not as we would like because he lives in his house and I in mine. But well, we’re struggling along.
She has been an activist since her youth—first in the Communist Youth and later in the party. She takes this activism seriously and dedicates a lot of time to it, although she complains of long meetings and prefers to get down to concrete tasks. But her criticisms are reserved for individuals rather than the political system itself. Similarly, she denies that she has ever experienced racism, at work or elsewhere, even though Nina insists on this point more than once. When I ask her what the revolution means to her, Laura replies with a stock list of improvements in the areas of education, health, and economic equality.
Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History by Nan Alamilla Boyd