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Buying Gay: Consumer Culture and Community Before Stonewall

Date: 04/19/2013

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: 105 Scott Hall,East Bank

Cost: Free


David K. Johnson, from the University of South Florida, explores the growth of gay consumer culture during the 1950s and 1960s. By examining paperback novels, physique magazines, greeting cards, and other consumer items which were targeted to a gay audience, Johnson tells a compelling story about the ways in which capitalist practices contributed to an emergent gay identity. He also examines attempts by the US Postal service to limit the distribution of these texts; he argues that readers developed important forms of resistance as a response.

Sponsored by the Departments of American Studies, Communications, and History, the Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies (GIGSS), the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA), the Steven J. Schochet Endowment, and the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.


  • Name: Elizabeth Williams
  • E-mail: will3317@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: American Studies, Communication Studies, History, GLBTA Programs Office

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To request disability accommodations, please contact American Studies at 612/624-4190 or http://cla.umn.edu/american.

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