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The Cockettes, Sylvester, and Performance as Life

Malik Gaines

in Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left: A History of the Impossible

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781479837038
eISBN:
9781479822607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479837038.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

San Francisco’s Cockettes troupe staged radical anti-disciplinary spectacles onstage, in short films, in public, and in their domestic spaces. They hyperbolized the leftist political programs that ... More


Genderfuck and the Boyfriend Look

Jennifer Le Zotte

in From Goodwill to Grunge: A History of Secondhand Styles and Alternative Economies

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469631905
eISBN:
9781469631929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631905.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes the many ways in which secondhand exchange served the gay liberation movement and helped create a broader scope of sexual identities and related imagery, through not only ... More


Handmade Genders: Queer Costuming in San Francisco Circa 1970

Julia Bryan-Wilson

in West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677252
eISBN:
9781452947440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.003.0005
Subject:
Art, Art History

This chapter focuses on the costumes of gender-bending performers affiliated with the San Francisco-based groups the Cockettes and its offshoot the Angels of Light, in the 1970s. These collectives ... More


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