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Queering the Redneck RivieraSexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism$
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Jerry T. Watkins III

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056913

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056913.001.0001

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Drinkin’ and Carryin’ On in Search of Community

Drinkin’ and Carryin’ On in Search of Community

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Queering the Redneck Riviera

Jerry T. Watkins III

University Press of Florida

Before market forces created recognizable sites of gay and lesbian community, some queer Floridians leveraged their race and class privileges to create or gain access to spaces in order to find others like themselves. This chapter uses bars, “gay parties,” and friendship networks to show the ways that postwar mobility shaped queer socializing through complex negotiations of desire and access. In Tallahassee, the Cypress Lounge at the Floridan Hotel became an unofficial gay bar, while Florida’s powerbrokers schmoozed and facilitated connections to national identity-based rights discourses. Others used their private homes to host networks of gay and lesbian friends from around the panhandle. In Pensacola, Trader Jon’s and the Hi-Ho Five O’Clock Club were queered by sexually and gender non-conforming individuals.

Keywords:   Cypress Lounge, Trader Jon’s, Hi-Ho Five O’Clock Club, Tallahassee, Pensacola, Gay parties

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