Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota

Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota

By: Stewart Van Cleve (author)Paperback

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For too long, LGBTQ communities-including Minnesota's-have been maligned, misrepresented, and often outright ignored. Myths regarding the queer experience have grown and become embedded in local and national consciousness. The absence of queer stories over time in local historical and popular writing only served to further this ignorance, but great strides have been made in recent decades to celebrate Minnesota's vibrant queer history. Add to this rising chorus an enchanting new voice: Land of 10,000 Loves, Stewart Van Cleve's wide-ranging and unprecedented illustrated history of queer life in Minnesota. Drawing from the renowned Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota-a vast collection of books, photographs, films, and other historical artifacts that Van Cleve calls "one of the most comprehensive accounts of international queer history in the world"-Land of 10,000 Loves blends oral history, archival narrative, newspaper accounts, and fascinating illustrations to paint a remarkable picture of Minnesota's queer history. More than 120 concise historical essays lead readers from the earliest evidences of queer life in Minnesota before the Second World War-for example, Oscar Wilde's visit to Minnesota and "rumors" at the Alexander Ramsey house-to riverfront vice districts, protest and parade sites, bars, 1970s collectives, institutions, public spaces, and private homes. More than 130 illustrations illuminate these histories with images of pride guides, archival photographs, and advertisements from local queer bars among other extraordinary pieces of ephemera and artifacts. Many of the stories and images are well known, while others have been all but forgotten, until now. Building on foundational works of regional queer history such as The Evening Crowd at Kirmser's and Queer Twin Cities, the historical vignettes of Land of 10,000 Loves show us that Minnesota-from its biggest cities to its smallest towns-has been, as Van Cleve notes, "queer, to a certain extent, since the very beginning." Land of 10,000 Loves honors this rich and diverse legacy and is a compelling testament to the sacrifices, scandals, and victories that have affected and continue to affect the lives of queer Minnesotans.

About Author

Stewart Van Cleve worked as a curatorial assistant at the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is currently a graduate student at the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University.


Contents Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1. What Is Queer Here? Looking for Experiences in Early Minnesota Ozawwendib of Leech Lake Lucy "La Roi" Lobdell Was Alexander Ramsey Queer? Oscar Wilde's Visit The Death of William Williams The Emporium and Golden Rule Department Stores Goodtime Parties on Rondo Avenue Josephine Baker at the Metropolitan Theater Drag at the Nicollet Hotel Gertrude Stein visits the Women's City Club Clement Haupers Fort Snelling 2. How We Kept Warm: Queer Life in the Vice Districts of the Twin Cities Rice Park The James Montague Murder The Coney Island The Hennepin Avenue Baths Union Bus Depot The Garrick Theater Kirmser's Bar The Dugout The Onyx Bar The Bremer Arcade The Gay Nineties Complex Directory Services, Incorporated The Hotel Andrews The Brass Rail 3. Act Up Here: A Legacy of Activism Jack Baker and Michael McConnell's Marriage License Allan Spear The Lesbian Feminist Organizing Committee The Minnesota Committee for Gay and Lesbian Rights Lutherans Concerned Dignity Twin Cities St. Paul's Equal Rights Ordinance The GLC Voice The Guardianship of Sharon Kowalski Brian Coyle The Minnesota Family Council Gay Community Services, the G.L.C.A.C., and OutFront Minnesota ACT-UP Demonstrates in Mora The Bisexual Organizing Project Paul Koering Votes against Gay Marriage The Two-Spirit Press Room Twin Cities Trans March 4. Erotic Cities: Urban Sexuality Explored The Nineteen Bar Honey Harold's Many Ventures Sutton's Queer Warehouse Parties Foxy's The Rossmoor Building The Town House The Sandbox/Club Cabaret The Noble Roman The Saloon The Locker Room Bare-Ass Beach The Adonis Theater The Main Club The Minneapolis Eagle Margarita Bella Pi Bar The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport 5. Come Outside: Queer People Out in the Open A Death in Loring Park Twin Cities Pride The State Fair Rising Moon and the Pioneer Farm Twin Cites Goodtime Softball League The 1986 Winter Gay Games Twin Ports Pride The AIDS Trek The North Star Gay Rodeo Outwoods North Country Bears/Minnesota Bears The Queer Street Patrol Capital City Pride The 1997 Two Spirit Gathering Twin Cities Black Pride Pine City Pride The 2008 Two-Spirit Gathering 6. The Lavender Tower: Institutions of Art and Education The Transsexual Research Project Fight Repression of Erotic Expression The Amazon Feminist Bookstore The Club The Northfield Gay Liberation Front At the Foot of the Mountain Theater Jim Chalgren A Brother's Touch Books Patrick's Cabaret The Quatrefoil Library Philanthrofund District 202 Angels in America at the World Theater The Anoka-Hennepin School District UMD GLBT Services People Representing the Sexual Minority (PRiSM) Straights and Gays for Equality (SAGE) The Transgender Commission 7. Building Community: Life beyond the Gay Ghetto Gay House The Lesbian Resource Center Christopher Street A Woman's Coffeehouse Dyke Heights All God's Children Metropolitan Community Church Equal Time The Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) Out to Brunch The Aurora Lesbian Center and the Northland Gay Men's Center The NAMES Project Memorial Quilt The Basket and the Bow Gay and Lesbian Elders Active in Minnesota (GLEAM) Th

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  • ISBN13: 9780816676453
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780816676453
  • ISBN10: 0816676453

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