General Lecture: Gayle Rubin (Michigan) | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

General Lecture: Gayle Rubin (Michigan)

October 17, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Sponsored by the Year of Diversity/Provost, Humanities Center, Cultural Studies Program, and GSWS

Gay Sex and the Post-Industrial City: Leathermen and San Francisco's South of Market
Through an analysis of the San Francisco gay male leather community, this talk explores the tangled relationships among gay neighborhood formation, changes in urban economies, and the politics of land use. The South of Market, where the leather community became concentrated starting in the 1960s, has been a microcosm of the transformation of San Francisco from a manufacturing center to a largely post-industrial city. Situating the existence of the gay male leather neighborhood in this broader transformation dramatizes the changes in land use and real estate markets that have caused dispersion and institutional attrition of many urban populations, including LGBTQ communities. The broader perspective the talk takes to analyze urban sexual communities allows us to think afresh about the question of whether the "gay city" has a future, and what kind of future it has.      

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